Black women and allies will demonstrate on the streets of New York and D.C. this weekend like they did last year for the March for Black Women.
Black women and allies will demonstrate on the streets of New York and D.C. this weekend like they did last year for the March for Black Women.

Image: Black Women’s Blueprint

If you don’t have any plans for this weekend, now you do. 

The Black Women’s Blueprint, an organization that works to empower black women and girls, is urging people of all different backgrounds and identities to march this weekend in support of black women’s basic rights. 

That’s to put it briefly, but if you’re interested in joining the online demonstrations through the hashtag #MarchForBlackWomen and attending an event this Saturday and Sunday, here’s what you need to know.

Who is organizing?

The event was launched by Black Women’s Blueprint, an organization that works to empower and secure equality for black women and girls. Partners of the event include DC Rape Crisis Center, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

When and where are the marches?

According to the Black Women’s Blueprint website, there will be two rallies taking place. The first will occur on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Participants are advised to meet at the National Mall, at the intersection of 7th street NW and Madison Drive NW, at 9 a.m. ET. From there, the march will move toward Freedom Plaza. On Sunday, Sept. 30, there will be a rally in New York City at 3 p.m. ET. The meeting point will be at Park Row, at the intersection of Broadway and Barclay Street. If you plan to attend either of these events, you can register at the link, below. 

What is #MarchForBlackWomen about?

Demonstrators participating this weekend will be advocating for the following:  

1.  Full reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act set to expire on September 30, 2018. The Violence Against Women Act makes it possible to fund social service agencies that support victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, such as law enforcement training and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. It was enacted in 1994, following Anita Hill’s testimony in 1991 against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

2.  Focusing on intersectional women’s rights concerns like poverty, affordable housing, reproductive rights, immigration protections and center the most vulnerable.

3. Reversing the Trump administration’s restriction on the use of these words: transgender, fetus, vulnerable, science-based, evidence-based, diversity, and entitlement. In December 2017, the Trump administration told analysts at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to no longer use those seven words in budget reports. 

Can people donate to #MarchForBlackWomen?

If you cannot attend a rally but want to show your support, you can donate money to the CrowdRise campaign. According to the campaign description, those who donate $50 or more will receive an #EveryBlackWoman sticker, $100 or more will receive a March for Black Women T-Shirt, and $150 or more will receive an inaugural M4BW ViewBook, as well as a one-year Black Women’s Blueprint membership. You can also spread the word and promote posts with the hashtags, #B4BW, #EveryBlackWoman, and #BlackWomenRise. 

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