Today, we are sharing action item #10 from the Women’s March 10 actions/100 days campaign.
PLEDGE OF LIBERATION
Women’s March believes that all issues are women’s issues—from racial justice to environmental justice to disability rights to Indigenous sovereignty. The final action in our 10 Actions / 100 Days Campaign, Pledge of Liberation, harnesses the power of cross-movement collaboration. As a united voice, we declare that all our issues matter and we pledge our commitment to fighting for the liberation of all people.
May 8, 2017 marks six months since the election that shook and galvanized the United States. It marks six months of emboldened hatred and violence. It marks six months in which the swell of resistance—not simply against one man, but against a host of deep-seated systemic inequalities, from racism to classism to sexism to ableism to transphobia to homophobia to xenophobia—has taken over not only the United States but the globe. We will not pledge allegiance to an administration that oppresses and harms us. Instead, we pledge allegiance to the liberation of all people. We pledge allegiance to each other.
On May 1, we took our resistance to the streets with The Majority—a coalition of over 50 organizations—to unite #BeyondTheMoment against anti-Blackness, capitalism, militarism, patriarchy, and xenophobia. On May 8, along with ACLU People Power, United We Dream, Hollaback!, The Gathering for Justice, and other national and local partners, we will take our resistance directly to our members of Congress. We will send a clear message that we no longer accept hollow reforms or compromises that help some of our communities but harm others. We will hold demonstrations in solidarity with communities around the country and collectively fight for dignity, justice and freedom. We are all part of one movement, and we are not only stronger and more powerful together—our unity is how we survive as people, organizations, and movements.
Just as we pledge our allegiance to each other, we will remind our members of Congress of their allegiance to us—the voters. We ask that this allegiance come in the form of a federal budget that reflects the values five million people marched for on January 21, 2017.
THREE WAYS to PARTICIPATE
Sign the Pledge of Liberation. Encourage your friends, family, and community members to do the same.
Download our Pledge of Liberation toolkit, which details the dos and don’ts of civil disobedience, what to do in case of an arrest, and FAQs of what to expect as a result.
Be sure to follow Women’s March on Facebook and Twitter for updates on webinars about the principles of nonviolence and how to effectively and safely take part in direct action and/or civil disobedience.
Hold a demonstration either inside or outside of your congressperson’s in-district office. Collectively read the Pledge of Liberation and our unity principles out loud.
Picket outside your congressperson’s in-district office.
Hold a sit-in inside your congressperson’s in-district office.
Pledge of Liberation partner signatories
Advocates for Health
Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus
Unite Women, New York
Sheep Creek Farm
ACLU People Power
United We Dream
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Incarcerated Nation Corporation
The Gathering for Justice
Students for Choice
League of Women Voters
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice