Partnering the Women’s March on Washington with Individuals Living with Disability and Illness
What is #MarchingWithMe?
On January 21st, 2017 more than 180,000 people are expected to attend the Women’s March on Washington. Standing together under the belief that “women’s rights are human rights”, the event is slated to be the largest in history set for a president’s first day in office, with satellite marches scheduled in forty-one states as well.
While organizers have promised accessibility for those with disability, participating in the four-mile march and rally is impossible for many with disability and chronic illness. For those people, we offer an alternative.
#MarchingWithMe pairs volunteer participants in the Women’s March on Washington and those with disability or chronic illness who are unable to attend the march or a local January 21st protest.
Our organizers will connect Marchers with Supporters. Marchers with receive a letter-sized banner to print with the name and photo of their Supporter, which they’ll then pin to their coat and wear to the march. Participants will be invited to share photos and experiences with their partner on the day, fostering community and sisterhood while we “stand together in solidarity”… even if some of us are sitting!
Please fill out the below form to participate in #MarchingWithMe
First & Last Name *
Email Address *
Marching Status *
In what city will you be marching? (For Marchers Only)
Is there someone in #MarchingWithMe you'd specifically like to partner with?
Phone Number
Instagram / Twitter Handles
Your Photo
If you are a Supporter and would like to be matched with a Marcher, please send a photo of yourself to march@sufferingthesilence.com. Higher resolution photos preferred. Thank you!
Participation Requirements
Marchers are required to provide their name and email address. No later January 17th, 2017. Our organizers will connect you with your Supporter via email, along with an image of your partner to print out on a letter-sized (8.5x11”) piece of paper and pin to your coat to wear on the march.
You are invited to share your phone number and social media handles if you so choose. While we encourage Marchers to share experiences and photos with their partners, this is not required.  If you do share, please use the hashtag #MarchingWithMe and tag your partner if they provide their social media handle as well!
Supporters are required to provide their name, email address, and a photograph (high-resolution if possible) for us to upload to our template and for your Marcher to print out and wear on the march. No later than January 17th, 2017. Our organizers will connect you with your Marcher vie email.
You are invited to share your phone number and social media handles if you so choose. While we encourage dialogue between Marchers and Supporters, this is not required.  If you do share on social media, please use the hashtag #MarchingWithMe and tag your partner if they provide their social media handle as well!
By providing your name and email address, all participants allow us to share their name and email contact information with their participating partner. Your contact information will not be shared with any organization otherwise.
Who's Behind #MarchingWithMe?
The Suffering the Silence Community, Inc.
Allie Cashel & Erica Lupinacci are the founders of Suffering the Silence. Suffering the Silence is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to leveraging the power of art, media, and storytelling to raise awareness around the life experience of people living with chronic illnesses. We work to build powerful relationships within that community, and to empower patients, friends, and family members to speak out and share their stories. This act of sharing helps those who are suffering to become self advocates and to find support and understanding. It will also help to transform the medical and social perception of those living with chronic disease. @ststogether
Jacqueline Raposo
Jacqueline Raposo is a writer and chronic illness advocate who has written about living with Lyme-disease related illness for clients including Bust magazine, Cosmopolitan, Medium, Elle and SheKnows. She is the producer and host of Love Bites Radio and lives in New York City. @wordsfoodart

About The Women's March on Washington
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Womens-March-on-Washington-1338822066131069/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/womensmarch
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/womensmarch
On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us--women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

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