Glenn Scott :
METRO | On Saturday, January 21, women ‘to make a mighty sound’ in Austin

As many as 25,000 are expected for a Women’s march and rally at the Texas State Capitol.

notes from the resistance

By Glenn Scott | The Rag Blog | January 17, 2017

AUSTIN — Leaders of the Women’s March on Austin (#MarchOnAustin) predict that, on Saturday, January 21, our state and national leaders will hear “a mighty sound from thousands of women and allies standing up for their rights.”

That prediction is from rally coordinator Melissa Fiero.

(At the time of this posting, as many as 25,000 women and their supporters are  expected to participate.)

Participants are advised to assemble on the south lawn of the Capitol grounds at 11 a.m., with the one-and-a-half-mile march starting at noon. The march will weave around downtown Austin and return to the Capitol about an hour-and-a-half later for a rally. The march will be led by dignitaries and a professional drum corps

The rally on the south lawn, beginning at approximately 1:45, will include speakers and performers like former Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez, and musicians Gina Chavez and Tameca Jones

The Austin march gathered momentum quickly as the National Women’s March on Washington began encouraging “sister marches” in early December. Women are renting buses from the big cities and smaller towns — from Houston and Dallas to Waco and Beaumont.

March organizers have a goal of making the march inclusive and diverse.

Melissa Fiero, a veteran of many feminist campaigns, was tapped to lead the Austin rally effort in mid-December. In just over three weeks, the march planning committee had raised over $13,000 and held sign parties in four cities involving hundreds of volunteers.

March organizers have a goal of making the march inclusive and diverse. The guiding principles focus on what the participants are marching for: protection of rights, of safety, of health, and of families. Organizers are trying to avoid stressing the negative statements made by President-elect Donald Trump. In fact there is no mention of Trump in the national and local call to march.

As organizers put it, “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families, recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”

Yes, the threats to women’s rights, the threats to LGBTQ rights, the threats to Muslims and to people of color are highlighted as a big reason for the march. It is certainly why so many women are speaking up on social media about their reasons for booking plane, train, and bus tickets to attend.

”We want to focus on what brings us together,” said Fiero.

I attended a sign party on Saturday, January 7, where a roomful of over 100 women showed up with poster board and markers to make signs for at least some of the thousands who are expected. A little over half of the women and men there were over 40, but there were a lot of young women as well.

An older woman named Terri was making signs and talking about marching for her grown children and grandchildren. For Terri there was no question that Trump’s attacks had to be countered with large protests. For Sophia, a college student at the table next to mine, it was not just the mysoginist statements by Trump during the campaign, but his cabinet picks and his VP who worried her more.

“This is only the beginning,” Fiero told the volunteers at the recent sign party. At the time, Fiero and the planning committee were preparing for more than 15,000 marchers, but estimates have grown much higher.

As of January 17, the Facebook page for the march shows 26,000 committed to attend and an additional 29,000 “interested It may well be the biggest march for women’s rights here in many decades. 

To find out more go to to the event website or the Women’s March on Austin event page on Facebook.

[Glenn Scott recently retired from a 32-year career as a union organizer; she continues to advocate for seniors, for reproductive justice for women, and for organizing unorganized workers for economic justice. She also works with the Austin chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).]

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1 Response to Glenn Scott :
METRO | On Saturday, January 21, women ‘to make a mighty sound’ in Austin

  1. BrotherJonah says:

    Goober-ner Abbot pissed me off the first time I heard one of his speeches. So when I was in Ft Worth doing a court appearance I did a little (as opportunity goes, it worked out to “very little”) campaigning for Ms Davis. I figured she would be there. As a long term Dude I still got the message, it just stands to reason that anybody dumb enough to diss a little more than half the Human Family would be pretty much hate-filled against just about everybody else as well.

    But I’ll bet the sight of thousands of women not being domestic slaves and actually speaking words without permission will scare the shit out of Abbott and his crew.
    You just have to be careful how you moderate it, though, because scaring the shit out of them would deplete the majority of their body mass.

    Kind of like exorcism is forbidden in Texas, because if you actually got the Hell out of Texas the whole place would disappear. Leaving behind a large pile of cow chips and some confused steers floating around in limbo.

    The rest of the joke is one steer turns to another and says “damn, this couldn’t have happened at a worse time” and the other one say “how’s that?” and the first one says “well, yesterday the humans were talking about taking us to McDonalds for happy meals” and the second one says “umm… Bubba, I think you don’t have a full grasp of the concept…”

    But it will be spectacular to see the Old Boy Club in Austin wanting real badly to say something stupid but just barely smart enough to know they won’t get away with it.

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