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posted Friday, January 11, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 02
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Head's up re: the REAL Seattle Womxn's March 2019
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Head's up re: the REAL Seattle Womxn's March 2019

George:

I know you are accustomed to hearing from me as a representative of Seattle Indivisible but I also work with the local Womxn's March chapter, Seattle Womxn Marching Forward. You and I have had a couple of long discussions in recent months about the ton of work that needs to be done in Seattle and nationally. You have expressed to me that you'd like to see more attention paid to the LGBTQIA community in these Trumpian times, I've agreed, and you recently asked me to give you a head's up particularly when we plan programming that shines a light on the trans community.

I just sent you two items for your Community Calendar, but I also wanted to provide you with context I think you deserve to know. The programming I have sent to you was organized by Seattle Womxn Marching Forward, the women who organized the original 2017 Womxn's March. I've attached a press release that shows the Womxn's March this year is part of a three-day weekend of activism, carefully and thoughtfully planned over several months in collaboration with MLK Day organizers. This is the Womxn's March that is permitted, coordinated with the City and Seattle Center, and officially recognized and sanctioned by the Women's March national organization. The transgender community played a meaningfully role in planning this year's Seattle Womxn's March events and you can see the results of that collaboration in our programming. For example, one of the two MC's at the rally immediately preceding the Womxn's March will be Monserrat Padilla, Coordinator with the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network. Monserrat is a powerful activist in the immigrant and transgender communities, and Board Member of the Gender Justice League. And while there are many panels, trainings and workshops on both Jan. 19th and 20th that I think would be of interest to your readership, I'd like to point out a couple of highlights below.

When the Womxn's March arrives at Seattle Center, there will be nearly a dozen panels and presentations marchers will be invited to attend giving a preliminary intro to womxn's issues, including:

TRANS AWARENESS
January 19, 2:30pm-4pm at Vera Project

(just inside the north Seattle Center grounds near Republican St & Warren Ave N).
Presented by Gender Justice League.

What is the difference between trans, gender non-conforming, and inter-sex? What are the 'correct' pronouns to use with a trans person and why does this matter? What should you do if you accidentally mis-pronoun someone? What's the big deal with bathrooms? This session will answer basic questions like these and offer insight about how to support trans people in our community.

Then on January 20th, on the Womxn's March Day of Action, there will be 40+ workshops and trainings re: how to get involved in direct action on specific barriers womxn face, including:

BARRIERS WOMXN FACE
January 20, 3pm-5pm at Riveter Hub
(1517 12th Ave., Suite 101)

HOUSING FOR LGBTQI ELDERS
January 20, 3pm-5pm at Riveter Hub
(1517 12th Ave., Suite 101)
Facilitated by Lois Thetford. LGBTQI elders and activists speak about housing for LGBTQI and disabled folx, and the intersecting challenges to safe housing

TRANS LEGAL CLINIC
January 20, 3-5pm at Riveter Hub
(1517 12th Ave, Suite 101).
Presented by Gender Justice League. A legal clinic for trans folx to get assistance with the name change process and gender identifiers on government IDs.

I'm amazed at all of the thoughtful and inclusive final programming that sprouted from Seattle Womxn Marching Forward reaching out and including womxn from many diverse communities at the beginning of the planning process. But here's a problem I trust you would want to know about. A small group that is not part of this organizational effort has created a separate event that they have dubbed the Women's March 3.0 (spelling Women with an 'e' rather than an 'x' and using a logo very similar to the national Women's March logo but in different colors) and they are posting on social media calendars that the Women's March is on Sunday, Jan. 20th rather than Saturday, Jan. 19th when our sanctioned Womxn's March will happen in coordination with a weekend of beautiful events. This is creating confusion for those wanting to participate in and support our work and I wanted to give you a head's up so that the Seattle Gay News does not inadvertently publicize the wrong march.

Thank you,
Tyna Ek
Seattle Womxn's March 2019

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