I'm sorry. Thank you. I promise.
I started prepping this blog before hand because I knew that I would want to share my thoughts on it. However, I've erased almost every word because today was so much more than I expected.
It was an amazing thing to be a part of and I'm feeling so incredibly inspired as I sit here and write this. Women can, women can, women can... on repeat in my head.*
An estimated 3,000 women showed up to the Winnipeg sister march held on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional territory of Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. It was one of over 600 marches across the globe taking place on all 7 continents.
I went into this acknowledging my privilege as a white woman and I came out feeling stronger and more prepared to fight. After arriving home feeling empowered and inspired I realized I have 3 things to say:
I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I didn't join this fight sooner and I'm sorry for only marching when it benefitted me.
Thank you. Thank you to those who have been fighting these battles since day one and thank you for welcoming me to the fight with open arms and warm hearts.
I promise. I promise to do better and I promise to fight for more than just my own rights and use my privilege for change.
All issues of oppression should draw crowds like we saw all over the world today, we need to keep the fire burning and stay angry for ALL women.
*NOTE: The following was removed, "Women can organize and make change without the use of violence. ZERO people were arrested in the March on Washington that saw over 500,000 people."
Thank you, Jasmine, for commenting with a privilege check.
I marched and will continue to march for the Indigenous people whose land we took.
I marched and will continue to march for People of Colour whose cultures we've appropriated.
I marched and will continue to march for LGBTQIA* and Two-Spirited people whose love we've tried to stifle.
I marched and will continue to march for people with disabilities whose issues we've ignored.
I marched and will continue to march for Immigrants whose stories we can't even begin to understand.
I marched and will continue to march for the protection of Mother Earth, the place we ALL call home.
WINNIPEG ORGANIZERS & ORGANIZATIONS
Women's Health Clinic
IRCOM Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba
Women's & Gender Studies Student Association of University of Manitoba
Black Space Winnipeg
CUPE Local 2348
Winnipeg Labour Council
Rainbow Resource Centre
Afghan-Canadian Women's Organization (ACWO)
Alyssa Stevenson Eating Disorder Memorial Trust
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Manitoba
Canadian Federation of Students - Manitoba
Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association (DMSMCA)
Drag the Red
Equal Voice Manitoba
Grandmother Moon Lodge
Institute for International Women's Rights - Manitoba
Ka Ni Kanichihk
Klinic Community Health
MFL Occupational Health Centre
Manitoba Federation of Union Retirees
MGEU - Manitoba Government Employees' Union
Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network
NEWC Buffalo Gals Drummers and Singers
North End Women's Centre
North Point Douglas Women's Centre
Our Place Safe Space
Prosthetics For Foreign Donation
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Resource Assistance for Youth
Scan Art Journal (CoLab)
Society for Manitobans with Disabilities
Spence Neighborhood Association
The Red Tent Project
University of Manitoba Women's and Gender Studies Program
UFCW Local 832
UMSAN-RSM - University of Manitoba Student Action Network - Revolutionary Student Movement
UMSU - University of Manitoba Students' Union
UWSA - University of Winnipeg Students' Assocation
UWSA Women-Trans Spectrum Centre
West Central Women's Resource Centre
Winnipeg Dyke March
Winnipeg Roller Derby League
Winnipeg Working Group for Sex Workers' Rights
Womyn's Centre - University of Manitoba