Swalwell to Participate in Women's March

January 19, 2017
In The News

More than 1,000 are expected to take part in a women's march on January 21 in Walnut Creek.

The Women’s March Contra Costa County/Walnut Creek is a sister-march to the march in Washington, D.C. on the same day. Hundreds of marches are taking place throughout the country and world on January 21.

Congressmembers Eric Swalwell and Mark DeSaulnier and California State Senator Nancy Skinner are participating the event.

Swalwell stated, "I'm attending the Women's March to show I'm determined to protect the progress we've made on women's rights and health choices, and to push ahead toward goals like pay equity, paid family leave, and quality, affordable childcare for all."

The march will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting with music and a rally at Civic Park, corner of Broadway and Civic, in Walnut Creek.

The marchers profess a goal of showing “solidarity” for causes and policies they fear the new Trump administration will dismantle.

According to a press release, "The march demonstrates that a diverse community, with varying political affiliations and beliefs, can join in the spirit of democracy, to protect the human rights of all citizens and defend those marginalized among us, sending a message to leaders that the United States of America stands for the values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination . . . . If one person in our community is threatened or attacked, we all are."

Women, men, children, and seniors of all races and ages are invited to a non-partisan event to peacefully rally and march together.

Following the march, participants are encouraged to head together by BART to join the San Francisco rally in solidarity with the worldwide sister march community.

Leslie Shafton, one of the Women’s March Contra Costa County organizers, stated, “Regardless of a person’s race, gender, age, disability, religion, sexual identity, economic status, or immigration status, it is imperative we step up and fearlessly lead with empathy, combined with our individual and collective strengths to initiate change. This is fundamental to ensuring that we protect our rights, our safety, our health, and our families, so that our communities are unified and poised to take a stand – so that we are never silenced about protecting human dignity.”

More information is available at the Women’s March-Walnut Creek/Contra Costa Facebook page.