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Q: Why is “Womxn” spelled with an X?
A: Seattle has adopted the name “Womxn’s March on Seattle” to show solidarity with the trans community, and is one of the many ways that the march seeks to promote intersectionality in this movement. Intersectionality acknowledges that different forms of discrimination intersect, overlap, and reinforce each other, and takes into account the impact of discrimination based not only on gender but also race, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, faith, class, disability, and other backgrounds. To learn more about this spelling of womxn, click here.
Q: What is the purpose of Seattle Womxn Marching Forward? What are you trying to accomplish?
A: Read about the mission here. The intention of the march is to assemble in numbers too great to ignore, in order to show solidarity and to provide support to the communities who are impacted the most by the current political climate. There has been a huge outpouring of support and interest in volunteerism and activism as a result of the last election cycle. March organizers seek to plug those volunteers and activists into direct contact with local organizations that are making a difference in the communities at risk. Several of these organizations will be marching in the Womxn’s March on Seattle. Marchers will have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer with them and march alongside these Organizations.
Q: The mission says one of the goals of the Seattle Womxn Marching Forward team is to “create accomplices.” What does this mean?
A: Many marginalized people who are doing the work of fighting for civil rights and against oppression prefer “accomplices” to “allies.” Allies can align themselves ideologically with a fight or movement without actually taking any action to support that movement. Their support is in name and appearance only.
Conversely, accomplices are defined by action – by giving time, money, skills, or materials to the movements they support. In keeping with the mission of the march, it is not enough for marchers to look supportive and take the actions we think are best. We must be supportive, taking the actions requested by the people we are supporting.
To learn more about being an accomplice, click here.
Q: Who is on the Seattle Womxn Marching Forward team?
A: The Seattle Womxn Marching Forward is made up entirely by volunteers. Click here to learn more.
Q: Is the Seattle team working with the National team? What about the Washington State team?
A: The Seattle team is working with both the National and State teams. Head over to the official Women’s March website to read the national mission and learn more about the national team.
Washington State organizers are a group of volunteers from all over Washington State, and represent a coalition of organizers from Spokane, Olympia, and other cities outside of Seattle. This group is moving forward under the auspices of the Womxn’s March on Washington. Learn more about the Washington State team at the official Washington State website.
The Seattle team is a separate entity from the Washington State team so as to best serve the needs of the region and implement the National Women’s March agenda in the Seattle-area communities and neighborhoods. The Seattle team is not tied to the State team financially or organizationally. Read more about how the Seattle team interacts with the State team here.
Q: Is Seattle Womxn Marching Forward affiliated with any organization or political party?
A: Seattle Womxn Marching Forward is a non-partisan non-profit group of womxn. For more information about the mission of the team, go here.
Q: I want to be able to make a long-term difference. What can I do after the March?
A: To learn how you can take action and make a difference, go here.