October 2, 2019

Women's March Chicago: March to the Polls

October 13, 2018

10:00 am

12:00 pm

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Press Conference at City Hall for the Women’s March Chicago. I definitely said “white supremacy” and “systemic oppression” and “intersectionality”. 🤷🏽♀️ They knew what they were getting themselves into when they hired me. It’s time take up all spaces and use all platforms for equity, inclusivity, and justice. Excited and proud to be working alongside this organization to gather 2,018 first-time voters. @ City Council Chambers at City Hall

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Lissen... when I got this call, I asked “Are you sure? Is this a prank? You know how vocal I am about this march, right?” They said “Yes, and we believe your voice and presence are necessary.”

These past two weeks on the road, I have had a lot of time to reflect and process my thoughts around #whididntIreport, Dr. Ford, LaQuan and his family, the survivors of Cosby, the numerous black women still silenced and doubted, the trans and non binary folks being constantly left out of the conversation, the youth still on the margins. I’m thinking about the survivors of Maria, Irma, and yes, even Katrina still. I’m thinking about government-sanctioned killings in the form of systemic oppression and neglect. I’m thinking of what it means to participate in voting, who has access, and who chooses to not participate in these systems. I believe in infiltrating and dismantling. I believe in abolition and creation. I believe in the power of solidarity and intersectionality. I believe PEOPLE are tired of misogyny, racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, toxic masculinity, white fragility, privilege, abuse, and anything that keeps a select demographic in positions of power over another. I believe in our collective and specific voices. I believe we need more people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in office. I believe in the many ways to fight back. I believe change can happen in our communities. We CAN control who is in office on the local, state, and federal levels. It’s necessary, now more than ever, that we make our voices heard in the streets and on the ballot. This is just one way, one platform, one method of resistance.

Also, State Matters is here to get you BALLOT READY! https://ballotpartyil.ballotready.org/. Get informed.

Bring a friend. Help register a youth, a refugee, a formerly incarcerated individual (https://www.rootedinrights.org/…/formerly-incarcerated-vote/) or someone who has never voted before. Take the elderly and disabled to the polls.

Thank you to the organizers of March To The Polls 10.13.18 for this opportunity to keep the flow of the day moving and get the people fired up!!! I will remind them that it is so much more than wearing pink-knitted pussy hats. We must be inclusive and intersectional in our struggle for equity and justice, or it doesn’t even matter.

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Join us in Grant Park as we March to the Polls to make changes in this year’s Midterm election!