2020 Womxn’s March in Bellingham – Photos by Philip Hofmann – Report by Doug Brown
I estimate the crowd at about 600, which was extraordinary given the week of cold and snow. Enthusiasm was high, and the speakers from many walks of life, especially the young introducers, were phenomenal. Five elected officials took to the podium–count ’em, five!–and as Philip said, we are indeed fortunate to have such smart, energetic, visionary women and men representing us. I am sure they would say they can effective only because we are–in electing and supporting them. Gratitude to Mount Baker Planned Parenthood and co-sponsors Indivisible Bellingham and the Riveters. And to the overall sponsor, the City of Bellingham.
Because we were the only Women’s March in the area, Channel 13 traveled up from Seattle to film and interview. Segments will air tonight and tomorrow morning.
The weather gave us a break. There were strong gusts at first, but it was generally dry and even sunny at times.
A special thank you to the Mount Baker Sierra Club for showing up with three snow shovels and deep appreciation to the folks who put them to use. When we arrived, the flag plaza was filled with heavy, wet snow that only shovels and sweat could clear. I got a couple of years of shoveling in and I wasn’t alone.
A great day all around!
CALL TO ACTION!!!!
Three Indivisible Bellingham events coming up: Democratic Debate Watch Party (Tue – 1/14), Women’s March (Sat – 1/18), and All Hands Meeting (Mon – 1/20). Full details below:
1. The Democratic Debate Watch Party (Tue – 1/14, 6:00 to 8:00 pm) – Western Washington University’s Viking Union, High Street, 516 High St., Room 552. Park below, take the elevator up. (Our usual venue, The Wild Buffalo, has a conflict.) Six candidates have qualified to participate: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren.
This debate is sponsored by Warren for President, but supporters of all candidates are equally welcome. Snacks & drinks will be available so please RSVP here: https://events.elizabethwarren.com/event/196183/
Thanks to Henry Pollett for arranging this at short notice!
2. January’s All Hands Meeting (Mon – 1/20) = Martin Luther King Celebration Upstairs at BUF at 7:00 pm. Instead of our regular meeting, we are attending the MLK Celebration upstairs at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2488434558139429/
3. Womxn’s March (Sat – 1/18), 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Bellingham City Hall. There will be food trucks!
Speakers: See above
Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood – Greeting/Welcome
Mount Vernon City Council Woman Iris Carias – Immigration, Migrant Farming
Mount Vernon High School Students – Migrant Farming
Sophie Wagner – Reproductive Rights
US Representative Rick Larsen
State Senator Liz Lovelett
State Representative Sharon Shewmake
State Representative Debra Lekanoff
Community Liaison from US Representative Suzan DelBene’s Office – Letter of support
Lee Che Leong – Reproductive Justice
Isa Jolie – Climate change and Reproductive rights in relation to the non binary and transgender community
10:00 – Set up
11:00 – 11:30: Gather to hear speakers
11:30 – 12:30: March through city streets and return to Bellingham City Hall
12:30 – 1:00: Hear additional speakers
1:00 – 2:00: Clean up
Indivisible Bellingham needs volunteers to staff our table. Please contact Doug Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or show up at 10:00 am or so and look for the Indivisible Bellingham table.
Mount Baker Planned Parenthood (the lead sponsor of the Womxn’s March) also needs volunteers. To sign up, please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OGQBs9qvnRQ6GOdTFRpXS0q9xU1dDCoBwSB9KQGwZ4Q/viewform?edit_requested=true
See you there!
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