As the clock ticks down towards Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States, the Women’s March on Washington has announced a partnership with Planned Parenthood, iconic feminist Gloria Steinem, and Calypso musician and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte in anticipation of the group’s scheduled pro-women rally on January 21. Planned Parenthood is expected to help provide digital promotion, volunteers, and staff for the event, while Belafonte and Steinem will serve as honorary co-chairs.
With more partners expected to be announced in the new year, Bob Bland, one of the co-chairs of the march, said that they hoped the involvement of familiar organizations would further drive turnout for an event to which 155,000 people have already announced their intention to attend.
“Our partnerships will give people who attend a huge variety of organizations they recognize that they can volunteer for as we move forward. We’ll be able to align regionally and nationally,” said Bland.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards declared her support of the Women’s March in a statement highlighting the importance of protecting human rights — reproductive rights included.
“We will send a strong message to the incoming administration that millions of people across this country are prepared to fight attacks on reproductive health care, abortion services, and access to Planned Parenthood, as they intersect with the rights of young people, people of color, immigrants, and people of all faiths, backgrounds, and incomes,” Richards said.
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