People of different religions, spiritual expressions and Indigenous traditions were among the 3.2 million that took to the streets across the U.S. and world on Saturday to participate in the Women’s March, a movement for the protection of women’s rights, safety, health, and families.
Members of the United Religions Initiative, a global grassroots interfaith peacebuilding movement, marched together in Washington, D.C. and at sister marches in members in cities across the U.S. Here are some photos of just a few!
URI members Linda Crawford, from the Interfaith Center at the Presidio, and Swami Dhumavati Jaya from Kashi Ashram were profiled by Huffington Post Religion.
“From the moment I stepped onto the Metro outside of D.C., the atmosphere of the Women’s March on Washington was electric. Hundreds of thousands of women gathered to declare that women matter, our rights matter, our bodies matter, our children and future children matter, our sister matter, taking care of our Earth matters — and so much more. I was so proud to stand — and MARCH — beside women and men of all colors, creeds, ages, abilities and backgrounds in the power that that each of our liberations is bound up in each other’s.” – Sari Heidenreich, North American Regional Coordinator for United Religions Initiative
At the Women’s March in Los Angeles, SARAH hosted a red tent, in honor of the thousands of years women have met in the red tents to connect, meditate, and be with sisters in a way that could not happen in any other place. They hosted two guided meditations and a drum healing throughout the day.
“There’s thousands of people here today. We’re all here for one reason: to protect everyone’s rights. Nobody gets left behind.” – Rev. Will McGarvey, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
“We marched with our family of three generations and members from our congregation. Although the weather was storming and raining, it did not matter, we all felt so united with one voice of Love, Peace and Bliss-Anandam. We are all one and stand together for wellbeing of humanity.” – Satya Kalra, Path to Anandam. You can view more photos here.
“As we gathered, our area was under tornado warnings so we met together in a local gathering spot. We went around the room and introduced ourselves and discussed why we personally were called to come out to the march. Each person who spoke, spoke from their heart. We created a list of people who were there and decided to continue to meet on a monthly basis, inviting other groups to join us. There were discussions about getting more people out to vote and involved in the election process.
Our area is, as is most of Alabama, primarily Republican with very few Democratic candidates on ballots. Some who spoke were very concerned that the electoral process should be more inclusive of representatives of both parties. Some who spoke were tearful because they have felt isolated because their views were different from some of their friends and coworkers. They were excited to be in a room with others who were nurturing and accepting. Others were feeling a great sense of healing. Everyone felt encouraged by the numbers of women who turned out at the various Women’s Marches and the men who supported them. Everyone also felt a new day was dawning and the work to transform the energy going forward into actions that could change the world is what lay ahead.
Keep in mind that our area is not always a safe space people who represent the “other” — women, people of color, people who are LGBTQ, anyone who is not “Christian”, etc. I could feel a tension in the room by those who have been silenced and the release of that tension as people felt embraced for being themselves. This was a powerful experience for me personally.” – Audri Scott Williams, URI Global Trustee and Karen Hunter Watson of the LGBTQ CC, Spirit of Truth Foundation CC, and the Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk CC; Rev. Glenda Davis, Desmond Clark and Jan Sislo of the Wiregrass Spiritual Enrichment Center CC
“Over 1,500 women and some men from all ages and different ethnicities showed up [at Kauai’s Standing Women] to stand with posters in hand and waving to all the passers by. That’s 3% of our total population of men, women and children.
It was an uplifting, peaceful joining. A wonderful statement to all the women on our island and our world that there are women and men who can be counted on to help ensure equal rights for all. That was a popular theme for posters. Our Prosecuting Attorney was there with his son and wife, and so was our lone councilwoman. Here is my favorite picture….Feeling blessed!” – Annaleah Atkinson, Interfaith Roundtable of Kaua’i
“Julia Jameson, Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, marched in Las Vegas with her mom, Florence, Fawn Douglas, Paiute, and Chloe Copperfield alongside 15,000 others who let their voice be heard about the rights of Women, the Earth and the Marginalized!” – Gard Jameson, Leadership Council Member for the United Religions Initiative North America
“We had about a thousand at the Women’s March/rally in Jonesborough, TN. Many of our Northeast Tennessee Cooperation Circle – URI were there. It was awe inspiring!” – Linda Sorrell
“This weekend warmed my heart seeing such a diverse community of people showing up all over the world to stand in solidarity with all women and people for that matter for human rights!” – Ashley Clemmer, Rothko Chapel