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Who are the founders of the Women’s March in SLO?

The Women’s March San Luis Obispo, a sister march to the Women’s March on Washington, found its roots when two local women, Jen Ford and Dawn Addis, felt inspired to make a difference. They were quickly joined by Andrea Chmelik, Terry Parry and Pat Harris.

Our “why”: We want to aid in the effort to tell our new administration that we expect all humans to be given fair and equal rights. We believe people from all backgrounds deserve respect from our Country’s leaders, and we feel we cannot quietly allow the assault on women’s and human rights to continue unanswered. We decided we must publicly stand with others locally and across our Nation, to make the voices of women, and those they love, heard. Power in numbers!

We believe “The Women’s March on Washington is just the first step; what comes after is up to us ALL” (Women’s March on Washington National Co-Chairs).

Marchers and volunteers from all walks of life are welcome, you don’t even have to be a woman (In fact, the Women’s March San Luis Obispo boasts the first male organizer in California)! Please join us and make your voice heard!

Note: The co-founders, our organizational network, march volunteers and participants do not receive monetary payment for their involvement with this march. We are NOT associated with any organization and have no “hidden agenda”. Our only agenda is clearly stated in our mission statement.

Left to right – Dawn Addis, Terry Parry, Andrea Chmelik, Pat Harris & Jen Ford. (Photo credit: Peter Sebastian Masny)


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We'd like to share this message from the SLO Coastal Teachers Association regarding April 20: National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools

"We must stand together to send a strong message to policy makers that #enoughisenough
SLCTA is encouraging all teachers to wear orange on Friday in support of the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools.

On April 20, CTA and NEA will participate in the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools. Our schools and communities must all send the same message to our elected leaders: We can no longer tolerate inaction.

Schools should be the safest place a child can be. Unfortunately, that seems far from reality these days. From Columbine to Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook to Marshall County to Parkland, Florida, it’s abundantly clear we are not doing enough to protect our students and schools from gun violence.

This reality is devastating. Our hearts may be breaking, but our resolve must be strong. We must demand action now to save lives from gun violence. We must stand together to send a strong message to policy makers that #enoughisenough."
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