Phoenix, AZ, January 16, 2019 — YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix is joining the 2019 Women’s March in Phoenix, taking place on January 19, and YWCAs across the country will be participating in local marches across the country, with support from the national office, YWCA USA.
YWCA has partnered with the Women’s March since its original activities in January of 2017, and the organization believes the mission, unity principles, and values of the Women’s March strongly align with YWCA’s work to eliminate racism and empower women, particularly women of color, and the many issues that have defined YWCA’s mission for 160 years. As an organization focused on advancing racial justice and empowering women, YWCA USA has been a contributor to the Women’s March policy agenda as an active member of the Racial Justice committee.
“As we have for 160 years, YWCA will continue to stand up and speak out—not only through marches and rallies, but through our policy advocacy and the critical services we provide to women and families across the country,” said YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo. “We are pleased to see strong statements denouncing anti-Semitism and bigotry posted on the Women’s March homepage and social media platforms, and we firmly believe YWCA’s work and mission are directly aligned with core issues that are central to the Women’s March policy platform. YWCA will continue to do the hard work with all of our partners to build a truly inclusive, intersectional movement. YWCA has worked to advance these critical issues for over a century, and we won’t stop now.”
“We are excited to participate with our like-minded sisters and community partners in the upcoming Women’s March,” said Lisa Cagnolatti-Daniels, YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix, Advocacy Committee Chair. “It’s our collective duty to use our voices to create change and continue shining the light on issues that impact the lives of women and families.”
As YWCA moves forward in preparation for this critical gathering, the organization is determined to make sure the critical issues that have driven their mission for 160 years continue to stay at the forefront of national dialogue and policy agendas in Phoenix, AZ, Washington, DC, and beyond. Across the country, local YWCAs continue to provide critical services and programs, and to raise their collective voice on racial justice and women’s empowerment issues. The organization is united with the Women’s March in the overall aim to harness the power of women and communities to create transformative, inclusive, and long-lasting positive change.
Volunteers who will be passing out literature should arrive in front of the capital in the parking lot along west Adams street and 17th ave between 8:45- 9:00am. All those exclusively interested in marching should arrive between 9:30-9:50am. Look for the bright orange hats. All volunteers will be wearing YWCA Metro Phx merchandise, so the brand is well represented. The Black Women’s March will begin at 9am and the rest of the marchers, including the YW, will proceed at 10am. The march goes from 10-2pm. We are excited to participate in the march again this year and look forward to seeing everyone there!
About YWCA USA
YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.
YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for 160 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more at www.ywca.org.