The NH Women’s March is an empowering event in support women’s rights, human rights, social and environmental justice. The Portsmouth event is hosted by several grassroots organizations with deep roots and commitment to advancing these values in our community. As many know, in the last couple of days there has been discord over the speaker line-up, particularly the invitation of a local elected leader and candidate for office. Our planning committee made a decision over a month ago to not have any politicians on the stage. State Rep. Mindi Messmer is a powerful champion for many of the issues the NH Women’s March is about, and she has a strong history of grassroots activism in the Seacoast area as a scientist and mother. Messmer has also supported many of the organizations involved attending local actions in the Seacoast. It is in this last context that she was invited and agreed to speak. However, it was our mistake to not realize that any elected official or candidate will be seen in that light regardless of our plan, and it was our second mistake to ask her to no longer participate in the speaking program when we became concerned about providing a fair opportunity for all candidates to participate. In retrospect, we should have contacted the other campaigns from the start to invite them to participate in other ways, and we should have kept Rep. Messmer in the speaking line-up. And it is why we have contact Rep. Messmer and she has agreed to rejoin us today.
We care about our community and the relationships we have here. We want to use this as a learning opportunity for ourselves and for others who may find themselves in similar organizing situations in the future. Our only defense is that, in the pursuit of being fair and putting grassroots voices in the forefront, we missed some of the politics and optics. We appreciate your continued support and we look forward to another powerful Women’s March in Portsmouth. Onward.Occupy Seacoast seeks to clarify its position on the speaker roster for the January 20th event.
We arrived at the conclusion that no politician who is not a member of Occupy would be invited to speak. Unfortunately, this means that we had to disinvite one of the speakers. For this we apologize, but we did not want to play favorites, especially as many politicians in New Hampshire were interested in speaking.
We hope that every politician who is interested in being heard and seen tomorrow uses this event to informally meet, greet, and speak directly with the crowd. Anybody running for office is welcome to show up early, before 1:00 pm, to add her or his name to the list. We will announce your presence.
Occupy is not a political body. It is a venue for regular citizens. Any politician who would like to become involved in Occupy is welcome and can participate in the planning of future events.
Due to the awesome number of people planning to attend this event, this will be a gathering rather than a march (we had to compromise with the City of Portsmouth). There will be speakers at 1 pm followed by the magnificent Leftist Marching Band!
It’s been one year since the Women’s March! Last year some of us marched from the Lincoln Memorial to the White House, some of us went to New York or Boston or Concord. Over 3,500 of us came out and closed down the roads in Portsmouth.
As bad as things are imagine how bad things would be if we hadn’t marched! We need to march again!
As a show of solidarity, to demand our rights to safety and health, as well as demonstrate our strength and courage, we’ll be having another event here in NH that everyone is welcome to.
This is an INCLUSIVE event, and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights and human rights FOR ALL are welcome. Invite your friends, family and co-workers. Spread the word!.
We’ll be gathering in front of North Church, Market Square.
If you’d like to help us organize please message us here!
This is an event for ALL, including: women, girls, gender non-conforming, men, boys, trans, people of every race, religion and nationality, refugees, Immigrants and citizens, The LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, climate change advocates, veterans, Native Americans and anyone else who wants to come out in support of all of our rights
The Women’s March 2018 is being organized by Occupy NH Seacoast and co-sponsored by Climate Action NH, The South Church, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter, The Seacoast Resistance and there are other organizations that are sure to step up and join us.
Please take a moment to mark if you’re coming or interested and invite your friends!. We need your help to make this a success and FB now limits the number of people we can each invite.
Ideas For Signs:
STAND ON THE SIDE OF LOVE
MAKE AMERICA KIND AGAIN
BLACK LIVES MATTER
LIVE IN LOVE
WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
WE WILL NOT BE SILENT
MARCH FOR WOMEN’S LIVES
STOP THE WAR ON WOMEN
GET YOUR LAWS OFF MY BODY
REPRESENTATION NOT EXPLOITATION
SILENCE EQUALS VIOLENCE
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE
THIS IS WHAT FEMINISM LOOKS LIKE
BE BRAVE BE VIGILANT
I WILL NOT GO QUIETLY BACK TO 1950’S
NO ONE IS FREE WHEN OTHERS ARE OPPRESSED
DIVERSITY IN ACTION
YOU CAN’T GRAB OUR RIGHTS
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE US
MAKE AMERICA THINK AGAIN
LOVE IS >HATE
BUT STILL LIKE AIR WE RISE
OUR RIGHTS SHOULD BE SELF EVIDENT
WHEN THEY GO LOW WE RESIST
Portsmouth Trolley Schedule!
Please keep in mind we want to be able to continue actions like this in Portsmouth, so we’re asking that everyone be sure that we do not leave any trash behind and leave Market Square as we found it or better.