FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2018
Contact: Aileen Berquist
389 Events Planned in 50 States and 13 Countries as March On Prepares for #WeekendOfWomen
March On Launches Revolutionary Program Operation Marching Orders to Crowdsource Political Platform
Washington, DC – March On’s #WeekendOfWomen will kick off with over 389 events planned across the country and the world. Anniversary actions have been scheduled not only to celebrate the historic women’s marches of January 2017 but, more importantly, to lay the groundwork for concerted 2018 election activities. March On affiliates and other groups will be participating in a wide range of events including rallies, marches, and crowdsourcing events for March On’s Operation Marching Orders initiative, which kicks off at 6PM on January 20th. In a show of unity with survivors of sexual assault, many organizers will incorporate a #MeToo solidarity action into their events.
“For months now March On has been assisting affiliates and other organizations through toolkits, a merchandise store, graphic design work, and providing legal assistance in preparation for anniversary marches. And now we are so excited for this weekend to stand in solidarity with the marchroots around the country who are bringing their passion to make change at the ballot box at the local, state, and national level,” said March On Executive Director Vanessa Wruble. “When the marching is done, we are turning to Operation Marching Orders, our revolutionary project to crowdsource our platform and give politicians their marching orders.”
Aiming to turn the momentum of the women’s marches into a movement, March On is crowdsourcing its national political agenda through a cutting edge, online, interactive poll of the marchroots and broader resistance-progressive community. Through AI-mediated technology, using the pol.is platform, Operation Marching Orders allows marchers in communities across the country, red and blue, urban and rural, to have their voices heard in developing the political platform — the issues, values and principles — the marchroots will fight for. Not only should this be seen as marching orders for elected officials and politicians, it will also guide March On’s decisions as they review the candidates and causes they will fight for in the coming year and make decisions about candidates who win the support of March On’s Fight Back PAC war chest.
March On is a new political organization comprised of women-led political activist groups that grew out of the women’s marches of January 21, 2017. They have come together as a united force to take concrete, coordinated actions at the federal, state, and local levels to impact elections and take our country in a better direction. Recently, March On was actively involved in the Virginia elections and the Special Election in Alabama through affiliates and strategic partner organizations. March On is not affiliated with Women’s March, Inc.