The second annual Women’s March was held Jan. 21 in downtown El Paso to empower and unite women across the borderland. Along with several other cities across the nation, El Paso women and allies were brought together and rallied for intersectional feminism, showing solidarity with, and appreciation for women who support women regardless of race, religion, class, education, sexuality and other identities they may hold.
According to a representative of the Women's March, Lyda Ness Garcia, the march was intended to be a gateway into activism for those who are interested in becoming involved in the movement.
“I hope participants take away a sense of unity and our ability to create transformative social change," said Ness Garcia "We hope to provide intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and create entry point points for new grassroot activists to engage in their community."
The march also had intentions of showing peaceful resistance against the abuse that minorities face too often in the U.S.
"We are committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.” Ness Garcia said.
It took approximately 25 people to plan the event, completing job duties such as press/media contacts, organizing and training volunteers, to inviting speakers and ordering t-shirts. Working on day and night planners were able to put together an organized event with a full schedule that served to a variety of current issues.
“It takes a whole village of us to do this,” said Ness Garcia. “We are kicking off at Centennial Plaza at UTEP at 2 p.m. and then marching down Oregon to the San Jacinto Plaza where will have a rally with over a dozen dynamic speakers speaking in the areas of healthcare and choices, LGBTQIA issues, civil rights, voting rights, immigrant rights, environmental and veterans issues.”
Ness Garcia also suggested ways to become involved in activism for those interested.
“Get involved and vote and register others to vote," Ness Garcia said. "Be engaged on a local level to send a message to our elected officials that they need to act to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities.”
With all occuring in the political world it is important for minorities to speak up on issues they are passionate about and become involved in communities sharing similar ideologies.