We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.
— Martin Luther King Jr.
 

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MISSION

The mission of Women’s March San Diego is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.

Women’s March San Diego is a women-led movement providing intersectional education and activism on a diverse range of issues.

We create entry points for grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities to dismantle systems of oppression.

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Purpose

Our liberation is bound in each other’s. The Women’s March includes leaders of organizations and communities that have been building the foundation for social progress for generations. We welcome vibrant collaboration and honor the legacy of the movements before us – the suffragists and abolitionists, the Civil Rights Movement, the feminist movement, the American Indian Movement, Occupy Wall Street, Marriage Equality, Black Lives Matter, and more, by employing a decentralized, leader-full structure and focusing on an ambitious, fundamental and comprehensive agenda.

We are empowered by the legions of revolutionary leaders who paved the way for us to march, and acknowledge those around the globe who fight for our freedoms. We honor these women and so many more. They are #WHYWEMARCH.

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Unity Principles

ENDING VIOLENCE

Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies. We believe in accountability and justice in cases of police brutality and ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of color. It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education. 

LGBTQIA RIGHTS

We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming brothers, sisters and siblings. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.

WORKER’S RIGHTS

We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security and equity. All women should be paid equitably, with access to affordable childcare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments. All workers – including domestic and farm workers, undocumented and migrant workers - must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage.

CIVIL RIGHTS

We believe Civil Rights are our birthright, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability. We believe it is time for an all-inclusive Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  

DISABILITY RIGHTS

We believe that all women’s issues are issues faced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. As mothers, sisters, daughters, and contributing members of this great nation, we seek to break barriers to access, inclusion, independence, and the full enjoyment of citizenship at home and around the world. We strive to be fully included in and contribute to all aspects of American life, economy, and culture.

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

Rooted in the promise of America’s call for huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we believe in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of status or country of origin.  We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed - especially at the risk of public safety and health.

These Unity Principles were prepared by a broad and diverse group of leaders. Women’s March San Diego is grateful to all contributors, listed and unlisted, for their dedication in shaping this agenda.

Bob Alotta, Executive Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Monifa Bandele, Vice President, MomsRising

Zahra Billoo, Council on American Islamic Relations – San Francisco Bay Area

Gaylynn Burroughs, Director of Policy & Research, Feminist Majority Foundation

Melanie L. Campbell, Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, President & CEO, NCBCP

Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Interim Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

Alida Garcia, Immigrant Rights & Diversity Advocate

Alicia Garza, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Indigenous Women Rise Collective

Carol Jenkins, Board of Directors, ERA Coalition

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, President, Incite Unlimited, LLC

Carol Joyner, Director, Labor Project for Working Families, Family Values @ Work

Janet Mock, Activist and author of Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty

Jessica Neuwirth, President, ERA Coalition

Terry O’Neill, President, National Organization for Women (NOW)

Carmen Perez, Executive Director, The Gathering for Justice

Jody Rabhan, Director of Washington Operations, National Coucnil of Jewish Women

Kelley Robinson, Deputy National Organizing Director, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and Co-Founder, MomsRising

Linda Sarsour, Founder, MPower Change

Heidi L. Sieck, Co-Founder/CEO, #VOTEPROCHOICE

Emily Tisch Sussman, Campaign Director, Center for American Progress

Jennifer Tucker, Senior Policy Advisor, Black Women’s Roundtable

Winnie Wong, Activist, Organizer and Co-Founder, People for Bernie