WOMEN’S mARCH AGENDA
On January 21, 2017, 5 million women and allies across the nation and the world took to the streets in women’s marches to protest what was perceived by many to be a sudden shift away from progress on issues facing our country and the values we hold dear. From women’s rights to health care to climate change to income equality and virtually every other significant issue we face, the women of America delivered their message loud and clear: we will not go back.
Women across the country — and across the globe — face a number of challenges on a daily basis. Our number one priority is making sure women’s voices and interests are heard loud and clear.
- It is critically important that women have full reproductive rights, including access to birth control and abortions. Abortion bans sweeping the country at the state and federal level must be stopped and we must fight any judicial nominee who can’t be trusted to support state and legal abortion as a basic right.
- We need to hold rapists and assaulters responsible and create a responsible culture where women don’t have to live in fear for their lives.
- While the #MeToo movement has sparked incredible change, we need to create systemic change that is intolerant of sexual violence and supports survivors.
- We need to change the laws surrounding child marriages — no child should be forced into marriage, and in 48 states, children are still allowed to marry.
- Sex trafficking needs to end — an estimated 40.3 million people are victims of human trafficking with overwhelming majority of women and girls.
Everyone – no matter our race, gender, age or identity – should have equal rights under the law. We’re pushing to make that a reality and to ensure that discrimination by courts, prosecutors, and organizations have no role in our society.
- We need to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to guarantee women equal treatment by law.
- It’s time to ensure the LGBTQ community are guaranteed their basic equal rights, protected from discrimination, and embraced as full members of our communities.
- From micro agressions to systemic oppression, racism is still a reality for too many. We need to root out racial hatred and discrimination in our institutions and culture.
- Persons with disabilities need the ability to enjoy lives where they are fully integrated into society and function independently.
- Equal pay for equal work it’s as simple as that. Women are paid about 78 cents for every dollar a man earns for the exact same work and it goes even lower for women of color. If equal pay for women were instituted immediately, across the board, it would result in an annual 447 Billion gain nationally for women and their families.
America was built on the promise that if you work hard, follow the rules, and respect your neighbors, you’ll be able to build a career and raise a family. Today too many parents are spending every waking hour working multiple jobs just to make rent and put food on the table. ENOUGH. Working families have always been the backbone of this country and it’s time to take a stand. One job is enough.
a. The federal minimum wage has not changed in the past 10 years. It should be raised today, and must include automatic cost of living increases to keep pace with inflation.
b. When you have a new child or a family member is sick, your family should come first. America needs to support its workers and implement a national paid family leave plan.
c. Every family should have access to affordable, high-quality child care. Worrying about a child should not hold anyone back from working.
d. We believe all working people should have the power to determine their wages and working conditions. Unions are crucial to this effort and need our support.
Climate change, pollution, and the special interests preventing progress on environmental issues pose some of the largest threats to human beings. These impacts will disproportionately affect people of color and women, so we’re urging our politicians to take action and fight this global threat.
- The age of fossil fuels is over. Renewable energy isn’t just the only way forward for our planet, it’s the future for our economy.
- It’s not too late to reduce our carbon footprint, but if we don’t, we may be devastating our planet beyond repair.
- We need to ensure that every American has access to clean air and water. No child should have to suffer by asthma, lead poisoning, or other environmentally caused conditions because of their zip code.
Affordable health care should be a right–not a privilege–for every American. We’re pushing for reforms because no woman should have to worry about whether her access to birth control will be taken away, or if she should pay her medical bills instead of her rent.
- It’s time to put America on the path to Medicare for All — we need to make sure every American has access to affordable health care.
- We’re fighting to protect a woman’s right to choose, so that no matter where you live or your income, you’re given the same access to reproductive healthcare.
- We believe prescription drugs should be affordable, and pharmaceutical companies shouldn’t be able to charge exorbitant amounts for life-saving treatments. The era of pharmaceutical companies price gauging Americans while the rest of the world negotiates reasonable prices needs to end.
Enough is enough. No woman should live in fear that her abusive boyfriend might buy a gun, and no mother should live in fear that her child may not return home from school. No child should fear going to school. No families should fear being out in public for fear of losing their lives due to gun violence. We have lost too many lives to gun violence, and we’re demanding gun reform now.
- Over 95 percent of people agree that we need universal background checks before gun purchases. This legislation must pass.
- The “boyfriend loophole” currently allows dating partners convicted of domestic abuse to purchase guns– let’s close this loophole today.
- Military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines have no place in our everyday communities and on our streets.
- We need red flag laws so that we can empower families and law enforcement to intervene when they fear a family member is an imminent threat to themselves or others.
Every child–regardless of their background–should have access to high-quality education. America is falling behind other countries, and we’re saying it’s time to fix that. We need to close the opportunity gap and make sure college is affordable for everyone.
- We must rebuild our schools, modernize our classrooms, and support our teachers to give every child an opportunity to succeed.
- It’s unacceptable that todays college students are forced to mortgage their futures for a shot at a middle class existence. Our recent grads should be using their money to buy homes and start businesses, not pay off college loans.
- We demand our teachers be paid competitive wages.
- If students are going to achieve their potential, we need access to food, safe housing, mental health, and social services in order to address their struggles in and outside of school.
Our democracy only works when everyone has a voice–an equal voice, but our electoral system and political institution are currently designed to limit influence from everyday voters and concentrate access for well funded special interests.
- Voters should select politicians, not the other way around Gerrymandering has distorted our politics long enough, and made it far too easy for our elected leaders to divide us instead of bringing us together.
- It’s time to get big money out of politics, over turn citizens united and reform our campaign finance system so that our elections can be about the issues that matter most, not who raised the most money. .
- The electoral college is undemocratic and needs to be abolished.
- Foreign nations have hacked our voter rolls and our voting machines are next. We need to overhaul our entire election infrastructure to make sure we’re using the only voting system that is 100% safe, paper ballots.
Even though the US is less than 5 percent of the world’s population, we have almost 25 percent of the global prison population. The time to reform our system is now.
- Excessive force by police has disproportionately impacted people of color. We envision a society where law enforcement employs restraint and treats all communities with dignity.
- Minorities have been disproportionately incarcerated, often for nonviolent offenses–the time to end racial profiling by law enforcement officials is now.
- We can end the era of mass incarceration by reforming the system of mandatory minimums and prioritizing rehabilitation for nonviolent drug offenders.
- Private prisons should not exist. If our justice systems top priority is truly to reform convicts and reduce recidivism, there can be no financial incentive for incarceration. We need to make sure former inmates are given proper resources they need to become productive citizens once released.
- Mass incarceration campaigns of the 1990’s have devastated poor and minority communities, while shielding white collar criminals. We need comprehensive reform in order to finally earn justice for those Americans who need it most.