January 27, 2020

2020 MLK Jr. Unity Rally and Women+s March Reflection

YWCA Spokane staff were grateful to be among the crowd of attendees, showing up and taking a stand for intersectional justice work in our community, at the 2020 Women+s March and the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Rally.

Eliminating racism and empowering women is central to our mission and work at YWCA. Our belief in principles of justice, equity, and freedom for all guide our day to day operations, our large scale initiatives, and our individual actions. The passion and action of those we work and live alongside continuously renew our inspiration for this work.

The Women+s March

The Women+s March was held at noon centering around Riverfront Park on Saturday, January 18th. Self described as “an inclusive, non-partisan, issue-driven event, to rally our community together for the good of all women+ and allies.” attendees of the Women+s March voiced concerns about wide ranging social issues.

The MLK March

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Rally commenced at 10 am in the Spokane Convention Center on Monday, January 20th, and was followed by a march through downtown Spokane.

The annual event honors the life and celebrate’s the accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr, hosts a local resource fair, and allows community members to connect over shared values.

Rallies, marches, and protests are important. Through these forms of collective demonstration, we the people, are able to call attention and awareness to the issues facing our communities.

The energy and enthusiasm generated by these demonstrations also serve as encouragement for further methods of civic and political engagement.

We at YWCA Spokane hope that all members of our community will find ways to engage civically across their lifespan in the interest of promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Feeling inspired to engage in our community?

Check out local volunteer opportunities, including volunteer opportunities at YWCA Spokane, donate to local non-profits, such as YWCA Spokane, vote in upcoming local and national elections, contact your representatives, and discuss your opinions and concerns with your friends, family, and neighbors.

By supporting each other we support ourselves and move toward the actualization of unity and harmony of humankind with all.

View Photos From Both Marches

By: Mia Morton

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