Branches Represent WILPF in Women’s MarchesPublished on February, 15 2018
By ONE WILPF Call Team Members
WILPF members organized quickly after the Thursday, January 11 ONE WILPF Call where it was decided that WILPF branches would have a WILPF US presence at the January 20th Second Annual Women’s Marches being planned around the country. Quick action and organizing brought 17 participating branches opportunities for outreach and recruiting.
Although time was short, WILPF US helped members raise organizational visibility by providing some feminist-themed sample hand-held signs and bookmark size handouts that branches could use to help recruit new members. The handouts were customized with the branch contact info, dates and locations of meetings, and a brief summary of WILPF’s history and mission. These bookmark designs are available for any branch to use in the future. Contact us at 1WILPFcalls@gmail.com to order them for your branch. They print three to a page, double sided, in black and white for easy duplication.
Not every member or branch that participated in the Women’s Marches reported, but those that did represented WILPF in force! They brought their banners, handouts, and WILPF materials to share with thousands of progressive women from their nearby communities. WILPF US is grateful to the following branches for their efforts to organize a WILPF US presence and raise visibility across the US: Boston, Des Moines IA, Philadelphia PA, Pittsburgh PA, Santa Cruz CA, Peninsula/Palo Alto CA, San Jose CA, Essex Co. NJ, Maine, Burlington VT, Monterey CA, Triangle NC, Ann Arbor MI, Tucson AZ, Phoenix AZ, Humboldt CA, San Francisco CA, and East Bay CA. At-large WILPFers reported participating in Port Townsend WA, Ashville NC, Fairbanks AK, and Johnson City TN.
The Women’s March was one of four Solidarity Events being planned for the 2018 season. Each of the next Solidarity Events will incorporate more strategic planning to increase visibility and amplify our messages:
EARTH DAY (April 22nd)
MAY DAYS OF ACTION (May 13-June 21)
Poor People’s Campaign—Mother’s Day through Summer Solstice
HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI DAY (celebrated on August 6th—or around late July/early August)
Here is a collection of photos that document WILPF US participating loudly in the January 20th Women’s Marches across the US. Many thanks to all WILPF members who raised our visibility with so many thousands of marchers who are ALL potential WILPF members!
ONE WILPF Calls
Every branch is urged to send a representative (and at-large members are also urged) to join the monthly ONE WILPF Calls to start organizing for action across the US, in solidarity as ONE WILPF.
You’ll learn about shared resources, strategies, and actions we can do together.
Pre-Register for the calls here.
Calls are held on the second Thursday of every month, 4pm pacific, 5pm mountain, 6pm central, 7pm eastern.