Inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, and spurred on by the impetus provided by an inability to attend either the D.C. or the Atlanta marches, two local women came together in order to bring a vision of holding not only a solidarity march, but forming an organization under and through which all of the civil and human rights activist groups and supporters in the area could come together. We are proud to now be one of nearly 300 other sister marches, events, rallies, and vigils that will be taking place around the world on January 21, 2017.
This is a non-partisan demonstration of support for women’s rights, as well as all of the other civil and human rights that women fight for, as we are a diverse and intersectional slice of humanity. We choose to view ourselves not as anti- anything or anyone, but rather as proponents of social justice and inclusion for all citizens of our city, our state, our country, and our world. We all march and gather for our own individual reasons, but in the end the intent is the same; we will not stand by in silence nor inaction when our fellow humans are being insulted, demeaned, or threatened. Our Declaration of Independence defines the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental right of all of its citizens; violating or restricting the rights of others stands in direct opposition to this basic tenant of freedom that our country was founded upon. We intend to carry on with and support this vision of a life with the liberty to pursue your own happiness as long as it does not violate the rights of others.
We are a group of ordinary citizens who bear great love for our fellow humans in our hearts, and we will be marching as people affected by women’s rights advances, immigration reform or lack thereof, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, environmental rights, rights for all races and ethnicities, for religious freedom in its truest form, for the rights of those with disabilities, for the rights of the elderly and the ill – we march for our future, and your future, and for the future of the children of this world.
Augusta Solidarity will maintain a presence here and continue to strive to be a both a leader and a partner with other activists and organizations in the area, and we cordially invite you to be a part of our first solidarity event by joining us for the march on January 21, 2017.
Keeley Rusek Burwinkel
Co-Founder, Augusta Solidarity LLC