Local Inauguration Week Events

Events will be taking place around the country during the week of January 16-21 to bring people together and express support for values and policies that may be threatened by the new regime in Washington. Many Transitioners have expressed interest in local events, so we want to share the some with you. Thanks to Debbie Mytels for the information.

Women’s March

On January 21, the day after the Presidential Inauguration, women from all over the country (and men and children, too!) will join in a “March on Washington” to show their support for human rights, civil liberties and social justice for all. “Sister” marches are also being organized in dozens of American cities, including three in the Bay Area:  San Jose (10 am to 3 pm), Oakland (10 am to 3 pm) and San Francisco (rally from 4-6 pm and a march down Market Street, 6 to 9 pm.)  For details about where to meet, click here. If you’re planning to go to one of the Bay Area events, the organizers request that you sign up, so they will know how many to plan for.

Here’s a statement of purpose from the national organizing group:  The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We gather in community to find healing and strength through tolerance, civility, and compassion. We welcome all people to join us as we unite locally and nationally.  Singer Harry Belafonte and women’s rights advocate Gloria Steinem have been named the national co-chairs of this event.

Other Events

Events are being held locally to stand in support of human rights, social justice and environmental protection:

Thursday, January 19, 7 – 8:30 pm — Multifaith Service of Concern and Commitment offered by Multifaith Voices of Peace at the Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church,505 E. Charleston, PA.  The website invitation states: We will come together to voice our concerns about the coming four years in our country, to pray for strength and wisdom, and to commit together to act for justice, compassion and equality for the American society and the world. We will share music, readings, prayers, silence and insights to offer guidance, inspiration and courage, and to strengthen the bonds of our beautiful diverse community.

Friday, January 20, 5 to 7 pm — “Not Our President” vigil organized by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center. At the corner of El Camino Real and Embarcadero in Palo Alto. Bring your signs and flashlights.  More info:  http://www.peaceandjustice.org/inauguration-day-protest/

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