Women's March San Jose Announces Truth to Power Rally Speakers


Thousands to rally for Women’s March San Jose: Truth to Power January 19

Rally will highlight Women’s Wave of elected leaders and issues including women’s rights and gender equity, immigration and the border, housing and solidarity in the face of hate.

San Jose, Calif. January 14, 2019--  Thousands of women and their allies are expected to attend the 2019 Women’s March San Jose: Truth to Power on Saturday, January 19. The event kicks off with a march at City Hall at 11 a.m. and leads to a rally starting at noon at Arena Green East. Roughly 40,000 people showed up for the inaugural event in 2017 and more than 25,000 in 2018, Volunteer organizers are planning for a solid turn out again this year.

“We saw women successfully run for office in record numbers this year, and they are already making their voices heard,” says Jenny Higgins Bradanini, President of  Women’s March Bay Area and lead organizer of Women’s March San Jose. “The partial government shutdown shows the fight to regain our democracy is not over. We need to keep the pressure on. The march is one way our diverse community is joining together in solidarity to show we want real leadership to take this country forward.”

This year’s all-female speaker lineup celebrates the power of women inspired to run for office and lead solutions on the most important issue affecting our community. The programming will address immigration policy, housing, solidarity in the face of hate, pay equity, sexual assault and harassment, LGBTQ+ allies, workers rights, mental health and women empowerment.

Women who ran for office last year will be honored as part of the program. Newly-elected Milpitas Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez and Hayward City Councilmember Aisha Wahab, one of only two Afghan American women in office in the U.S. will speak about how they were inspired to run after last year’s march.

“We are excited to celebrate the many women who have taken their seats at decision making tables,” says Chandra Brooks, Women’s March San Jose organizer and 2019 rally emcee. “The Women’s Wave has just begun.”

The March and Rally are both family-friendly events, with food, children’s activities, and a Call to Action Alley, where 45 booths will be staffed by local non-profit and grassroots organizations. Participants at the rally can register to vote, sign up to volunteer, and learn about organizations that support the rich diversity of Santa Clara County. Participants are strongly encouraged to take public transit to the event.


Emcee: Chandra Brooks, author, social entrepreneur, community, social and civil rights activist

DJ Rockaway, Heart of Gold DJs

Rally Speakers (in no particular order):

Fiona Ma, State Treasurer

Karina Dominguez, Milpitas Vice Mayor

Aisha Wahab, Hayward City Councilmember

Zahra Billoo, Center on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Alison Brunner, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

Michele Dauber, Enough is Enough Voter Project

Guillermina Huerta, Fight for $15

Katiuska Pimentel-Vargas, SIREN  

Sera Fernando, Outreach Director for Microsoft’s GLEAM ERG, D&I consultant

LouMeshia Brown, Therapist, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Giao Tran, VietUnity South Bay, Asian Law Alliance

Taarini Kaur Dang, teen entrepreneur, SoGal Ventures

Corina Cihuachimalli, Capulli Tonalehqueh

One Billion Rising dance,  PAWIS (Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants)

Teresa Castellanos, SJUSD Trustee

LaToya Fernandez, QUEENHYPE

Sabrina Brennen, Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing

Mila Romero and Tarzine Jackson, Sunnyvale’s Client Collaborative

LaTasha Turner, “Sixfootah” spoken word poet

About Women’s March San Jose
Women’s March San Jose operates as a grassroots non-profit organization to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties and social justice for all.  We stand together in solidarity 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.

FOR MEDIA: B-roll and images from 2017 and 2018 marches, impact statements for 2018 and other materials are available. Please register for press credentials for access to on-site press facilities.

Media inquiries: colleen@womensmarchbayarea.org

An Open Letter to the Jewish Community of San Francisco


Tonight, some of our founding leaders sat down at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco with local Jewish community leadership to address recent press coverage and concerns about anti-Semitism in the Women’s March movement.

A consistent and painful theme was that people feel unwelcome - both of which stand in direct contrast to what we are working for as an organization. When Rabbi Noa Kushner mentioned that a family at The Kitchen doesn’t feel safe sending their kids out in kippot, we knew we owe a frank and clear assertion of the values of Women’s March San Francisco. Ensuring your families feel safe in the space and movement we’re building is table stakes, we want to you to know you’re a treasured and essential part of the coalition.

We exist because in the aftermath of the 2016 election, we saw too clearly that it was more important than ever to unify around principles of democracy and justice.

This letter is a heartfelt invitation and a commitment. We invite you to join us and want to assure you that you are very much welcome at the march and rally on January 19th and as an essential part of what we are building in San Francisco.

The space - created by our ally and one of this year’s speakers Marci Glazer (CEO of the JCCSF) - allowed us to clearly hear the deep concerns many in the Jewish community feel about supporting and attending this year’s march. We were also grateful to be granted an opportunity to explain the organizational structure of Women’s March San Francisco as it relates to the national movement.

The Structure
Women’s March San Francisco is an autonomous grassroots organization. We arose alongside Women’s March, Inc. (the organizers of the march in Washington), but are - and always have been - run by our own leadership. We develop our own programming and raise our own funds. We unite with Women’s Marches around the world under Unity Principles which we learned tonight align incredibly closely with the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)’s core values and community consensus policy statements on racial justice, economic justice, reproductive rights, and immigration.

We’ve worked hard to make an organizing body that represents the diversity of San Francisco and to reflect that commitment from our platform.

The Promise
There is no place in our movement for oppression or intolerance. We recognize that antiSemitism is oppression. If Jewish people or any marginalized community doesn’t feel welcome at our events, we have failed as leaders.

A Safe and Inclusive March
Women’s March San Francisco wants everyone to feel safe and secure at the event. We recognize the Jewish community’s specific sensitivity to these issues. We have dozens of trained Peace Ambassadors who’ll be placed throughout and around the rally crowd and along the march route. They are in contact with us and with SFPD and other security forces through the duration of the event. If ever you feel unsafe or require intervention, please approach a volunteer in a neon yellow vest bearing the WMSF logo for assistance.

We thank Marci for making the space and thank Abby Porth of JCRC; Amy Berler, Jewish Women’s Fund; Danielle Foreman, Koret Foundation; Rabbi Noa Kushner; and Susan Lowenberg, past board chair of the JCCSF for taking time out to reinforce an essential bridge.

We are San Francisco and San Francisco is a beacon to the rest of the world; we hope our ability to unite as a movement and to work together through challenging times can be a model for the nation.

Your Women’s March San Francisco Leadership Team


Women’s March San Francisco Announces Rally Lineup

Women’s March San Francisco 2019 Rally & March graphic, 1/19/19 at 11:30 AM at Civic Center Plaza

Women’s March San Francisco Announces Rally Lineup
Celebrates #WOMENSWAVE and Vows to Continue to Speak #TRUTHTOPOWER

San Francisco, CA. January 10, 2018 -- On January 19, 2019, Women’s March San Francisco will again host a rally and march, kicking off at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza at 11:30 a.m. with a lineup of speakers who advocate and organize on and around topics central to the Women’s March mission to work on behalf of human rights, civil liberties and social justice for all.

“Last year’s march focused on a theme of #HearOurVote, and we are now coming off a momentous midterm, where a more representative body of leadership has taken seat at the local and national levels. This year, we know the work is not done,” says Sophia Andary, chair of Women’s March San Francisco. “We aim to bring together women and allies to reaffirm our commitment to building a positive and just future for all; showing up and making space for our diverse San Francisco community to rally around the theme #TruthToPower and to celebrate and build additional power for the #WomensWave.”

This year’s speakers are advocates and leaders in their communities and fields. They’ll be covering a wide array of issues including anti-semitism, immigration, indigenous peoples rights, LGBTQIA rights and representation, reproductive rights, and socioeconomic and social justice.

“A historic 127 women were sworn into Congress this month, and many of them stand on behalf of their sisters and brothers separated from families at our border or struggling to make ends meet while the government is at a standstill, we have another opportunity to reignite the power in our communities’ fight for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all,” continued Andary. “They heard our Voice in 2017, our Votes in 2018, and in 2019 they will know #TruthToPower.”

The March and Rally are both family-friendly events run by an all-volunteer staff. It is strongly encouraged that people take public transit to the event. After the rally, the march will commence at 1:30 p.m. and conclude at Embarcadero.

Women’s March San Francisco is a 501c3 organization supported entirely by donations, which can be made at: https://womensmarchbayarea.org/donate/

At the Rally:

Emcee: Mona Shaikh
Mona Shaikh is a comedian and actor with conservative Muslim roots who currently lives in Los Angeles. She made history by becoming the first Pakistani female Comedian to headline Hollywood Improv, and has been featured on The Young Turks, Newsweek, The Guardian, LA Weekly, New York Post, Huffington Post, Washington Post and BBC.

Rally Speakers: (alphabetized by last name)

Maimona Afzal Berta, Franklin-McKinley Board of Ed Member
Maimona Afzal Berta is an elected member of the Franklin-McKinley Board of Education, serving as the first visible hijabi Muslim and the youngest woman in an elected leadership role in San Jose and all of Santa Clara County. She continues to advocate for state legislation and trained educators on fostering safer schools.

London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco
Mayor Breed is a native San Franciscan, raised by her grandmother in Plaza East Public Housing in the Western Addition. She first entered public office in November 2012 representing District 5 and was recently elected Mayor in June 2018. During her time in public office, Breed has passed legislation to increase affordable housing, fought for Navigation Centers to reduce homelessness, and worked diligently to improve public safety.

Alicia Contreras, Executive Director, Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation
Alicia Contreras is the executive director of the East Bay Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation. She is a recipient of the Paul Hearne award, responsible for negotiating the first city funding in San Luis Potosi for disabled people, and previously served as a Mexican delegate to the UN/NGO Forum in Beijing in 1995.

Clair Farley, Senior Advisor on Transgender Initiatives, SF Mayor’s Office
Clair Farley is a community leader, writer, actor, and trans advocate who speaks across the country to advocate for increased LGBTQ visibility. She was invited to the White House to participate in the inaugural LGBT Innovation Summit and was recognized as a "Soldier of Social Change" in the SF Magazine's Annual Women in Power Issue.

Marci Glazer, CEO, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Marci Glazer is CEO of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF). She joined in 2014 and has since served on the JCCSF board in varying capacities. Prior to joining the JCCSF full-time, Marci was Executive Director of the Flip Video Spotlight Program at Cisco Systems where she established partnerships with more than 3,000 charitable organizations.

Gilda Gonzales, CEO, Planned Parenthood NorCal
Gilda Gonzales is the first Latina to serve as CEO of a California Planned Parenthood affiliate. She served an eight year tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of The Unity Council, a community development organization, and held several key positions during a 14-year tenure in Oakland City Hall.

Marge Grow-Eppard, Activist
Marge Grow-Eppard is an activist dedicated to giving more visibility to missing and murdered indigenous women. She currently lives in Murphys, California.

Becky Gulsvig, Singer
Becky Gulsvig stars in the national tour of COME FROM AWAY. Other credits include the Broadway productions of School of Rock, Legally Blonde, Hairspray, and Beautiful. In COME FROM AWAY, Becky is honored to be portraying Beverly Bass, the first woman to fly a commercial airliner.

Musimbi Kanyoro, CEO, Global Fund for Women
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is President and CEO of Global Fund for Women. She is an activist for women and girls’ health and human rights, and passionate about using philanthropy and technology to drive social change.

Barbara Lee, Congresswoman
Congresswoman Barbara Lee was elected to serve California’s 9th congressional district (now the 13th) in 1998. Congresswoman Lee has been an outspoken opponent of the Iraq War, and continues to work to repeal the 2001 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF). Since entering Congress, she has authored or co-authored every major piece of HIV/AIDS legislation. Currently, Congresswoman Lee serves as on the Appropriations Committee, and as co-chair of the Cannabis Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus.

Sam Lew, Policy Director, Coalition for Homelessness
Sam Lew is a San Francisco native and currently the Policy Director for Coalition on Homelessness, an organization dedicated to developing the leadership skills of homeless San Franciscans to forge true solutions to the housing crisis and beat back mean-spirited attacks against them.

Annita Lucchesi, Researcher, Activist
Annita Lucchesi is a Southern Cheyenne descendant and doctoral student at the University of Lethbridge. Annita maintains one of the largest databases of cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada and the United States and her research includes, indigenous feminisms, postcolonial geographies, and indigenous research methodologies.

Aurora Mamea, Native American Health Center
Aurora Mamea is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet tribe of Montana and has been involved in organizing women to raise awareness around Missing Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) issues. Aurora has worked at the Native American Health Center for the past 20 years in various roles, most recently as Program Manager I/Grant Project Director. She also provides cultural learning (including regalia making, storytelling, and cultural dancing) for Native youth.

Jessica Nowlan, Executive Director, Young Women’s Freedom Center
Jessica Nowlan is the Executive Director of the Young Women’s Freedom Center. She has over 20 years of experience in both non-profit and for profit management with an emphasis on Youth and Workforce Development with underserved populations with multiple barriers to employment.

Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Artist, Author, Activist
Kanyon Sayers-Roods is Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash and works as an artist, Poet, author, and activist. The daughter of Ann-Marie Sayers, Kanyon’s art has been featured at the De Young Museum, The Somarts Gallery, Snag Magazine, and numerous school projects.

Terisa Siagatonu, Poet, Educator, Organizer
Terisa Siagatonu is an award-winning poet, arts educator, community organizer, and mental health advocate born and rooted in the Bay Area. Terisa is a recipient of President Obama’s Champions of Change Award whose work has been featured on Poetry Magazine, Button Poetry, CNN, NBCNews, NPR, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, The Guardian, and BuzzFeed. 

Natasha Singh, Consultant, Writer, Center for Domestic Peace
Natasha Singh is an educational consultant addressing consent, healthy relationships, porn literacy, and mindful masculinity with schools, parents and students. She also works closely with Asha Rising; Freedom Forward; and Center for Domestic Peace, a Marin-based nonprofit committed to transform our world so that domestic violence no longer exists. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and several anthologies.

Rebecca Solnit, Writer, Activist, Historian
Rebecca Solnit is a writer who grew up in the California public education system. She’s a contributor to the Guardian, and the author of twenty books on hope, feminism, disaster, environment, western history, and wandering.

FOR MEDIA: B-roll and images from previous marches, impact statements for 2019 and other materials are available. Please register for press credentials for access to on-site press facilities.

For interviews or to register as press, please contact: pr@womensmarchbayarea.org

Learn more about the March Logistics


Without You, There is NO MARCH!


We are Women’s March San Francisco! 

We are Women’s March. We are San Francisco. 

Women’s March is the mission we’ve all embraced, centered on Unity Principles. It is no individual person. 

It is - and has always been - a network of independently-runindependently-funded grassroots organizations working toward a common goal: the most intersectional feminism the world has ever seen. 

Working toward this mission can be messy and difficult. It sometimes makes us - individually, and as decentralized grassroots groups - face pain or scars built up over decades of feminist and other social justice work.

For example, some of the leaders of Women’s March, Inc. (DC) have been accused of anti-semitism. The women at the center of the controversy have responded on their own behalf. We - the leadership of Women’s March San Francisco - are emphatically against hate or prejudice of any kind, including against our Jewish and LGBTQ communities which are both strongly represented on our team and in programming.

We WILL rally and WILL march together on January 19th. But not without your support.


We are San Francisco

We remain Women’s March. But we are also San Francisco. Unique. 

Our team and the work we’ve produced and sponsored show what can be accomplished by a truly intersectional group of womyn and allies. We are all volunteers. We come from every neighborhood, every walk of life, every group under threat in today’s United States.

For example, the incredible queer womyn on our team bring invaluable experience organizing peaceful and profound events, but also in working through a painful history toward intersectional justice for the entire rainbow of the LGBTQIA community. 


We are Women’s March San Francisco and We Need YOU

While this all-volunteer leadership group organizes the now-annual January rally and march, Women’s March San Francisco is also each of you who’s shown up atvolunteered for, or donated to any of the Women’s March programming over the years. 

As we face the final weeks before our third march and rally, we are tired. 

We have all supported candidates for the midterms, sent funds and volunteered to help families separated at the border, stretched to help our sisters across the country protect their already-too-limited rights over their bodies and health, and more. 

Just think of the group that showed up in DC yesterday! Think how quickly and safely we organize in the face of a new injustice. This group is essential.

If each of you gives $5, we’ll be able to provide the safe, sustaining, inspiring event we all need in this moment. 

The #WomensWave cannot stop now. 

We need to continue to speak #TruthToPower!  

Thank you! See you on January 19.

Women's March California Official Statement

Women's March California Official Statement

Women’s March California and Women’s March Inc. are separate organizations that arose from a shared grassroots movement sparked by the presidential election of 2016. 

Women’s March California is a 501c3 with thirteen chapters. Women’s March California does not share leadership, structure or funding with Women’s March Inc. We do not have any input on the makeup of their board or their decision making, and we do not receive any monies from them.

The Women’s March movement began as a vision of an America that is fair, just and inclusive. On January 21, 2017, five million people worldwide peacefully marched in support of that vision. One million marched in California.

Hundreds of local chapters organized around the Unity Principles of social and environmental justice at the time. Many chapters remained active and to serve their communities year-round, advocating for progress. While Women’s March California works with other Women’s March chapters around the country, we operate independently. 

Women’s March California represents one million marchers, thirteen chapters and over one hundred actions monthly. These range from marches to educational events to advocacy to voter registration drives, and more. 

Since our inception, Women’s March California has oriented our mission of harnessing the political power of diverse women and their communities toward creating transformative social change. We believe our diversity makes us stronger, and that working together sparks change.

Women’s March California is committed to pressing forward toward the vision of shared humanity and equity for all. We do not tolerate hate speech, bigotry, white supremacy, racism, misogyny, anti-semitism, homophobia, islamophobia, transphobia, or any other form of hatred.

We are united because of the time, energy, and dedication of our communities. We are building the future we want and deserve. The strength of our movement is built from the power of each of you. Your presence, your voice, your action, and your vote inspires millions.

We march on again on January 19, 2019, and work tirelessly year-round for our Unity Principles which include Women's Rights, Disability Rights, Civil Rights, Workers Rights, Reproductive Rights, Immigrants Rights, Environmental Justice, LGBTQIA Rights, and an End to Violence. Let's march forward - together!


Women's March California
Women’s March San Diego, Women’s March San Francisco, Women’s March Napa , Women’s March San Jose, Women’s March San Luis Obispo, Women’s March Fresno, Women’s March LA Foundation, Women’s March Santa Barbara, Women’s March Kern, Women’s March Inland Empire, Women’s March Monterey Bay, Women’s March Santa Cruz & Women’s March Greater Sacramento Region


November is coming: Civic Engagement Fair on 10/7

November is coming: Civic Engagement Fair on 10/7

The Midterm elections are just around the corner, and it is more important than ever to mobilize and fight for positive change within our communities and beyond. With so many groups organizing and fundraising, it can be difficult to decide how to get involved in a way that will have the most impact.

On October 7th, Women’s March San Francisco, League of Women Voters San Francisco, and The Women’s Building invite you to a gathering of local community and political organizations offering opportunities for involvement and mobilization leading up to the 2018 midterms and breakout sessions on effective organizing tactics.

At our Civic Engagement Fair, you will: 

  • Meet other grassroots activists organizing in the community for positive change.

  • Connect with local organizations providing opportunities for broader community engagement. 

  • Become part of a movement of groups collaborating and communicating so that we can be most effective as volunteers and stay aligned before, during and after the midterm elections.

  • Learn about upcoming events and actions hosted by the attending organizations and the various ways that you can get involved! 


  • Understanding Ballot Initiatives: 2:30-3:15

  • Getting Involved on a Board/Commission: 3:30-4:15

Here’s what you need to know:

Entry is Free! Please RSVP via  Eventbrite

Donations most welcomed and accepted at https://womensmarchbayarea.org/donate/
As a 100% volunteer run organization, WMSF relies on donations from our community to help us create these free events to ensure they are accessible to everyone in our community. 

Session Details:
1 - Understanding Ballot Initiatives: 2:30 pm-3:15 pm

Watch recording of session

Facilitators: Maurine Coco (LWVSF) and Jon Golinger

  • Jon Golinger is a public interest advocate, attorney, and neighborhood leader in San Francisco. Jon will discuss different types of ballot initiatives (such as Charter Amendments vs. Initiative Ordinances vs. Referendums) and the process for any concerned citizen or group of people to go about putting a measure on the ballot.

  • Maurine Coco, Pro/Con Guide Chair with The League of Women Voters of San Francisco, will provide a non-partisan analysis of the state and local ballot initiatives for the November election. She will answer questions about the election and share educational resources, such as the League’s Pros & Cons Guide. This Guide is a compilation of publicly-filed ballot arguments, news articles, interviews with various advocates, and online research. Attending this session is a great way to get prepared to vote this November!

2 - Getting Involved on a Board/Commission: 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Watch recording of session

Panel Discussion between:

  • Mawuli Tugbenyoh: Office of the Mayor: Legislative Director, Liaison to the Board of Supervisors

  • Andrea Shorter: Councilwoman with Dept. on the Status of Women

  • Emily Murase: Director, Dept on the Status of Women

  • Ashley Raveche: Former President of the LWVSF, Member of Ballot Simplification Committee

Mawuli Tugbenyoh, with the Mayor’s Office, will begin our panel discussion with an overview of the board/commission application process. We will then turn to our other panelists to discuss their experiences in getting their commission positions and how they have worked with that commission and the city of San Francisco

The following is a list of participating Organizations at the Fair:

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She The People Summit 2018

She The People Summit 2018

Women’s March Bay Area is proud to be a partner/sponsor of the inaugural She the People Summit on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in San Francisco.

This unprecedented national gathering of women of color transforming U.S. politics will mark this moment in history of our rise.

Founded and led by Aimee Allison, president of Democracy in Color, the summit will convene leading changemakers in national progressive politics. To strengthen the collective bonds, to organize our common efforts, and to realize the political power of women of color in 2018, 2020, and beyond.

Partial Speaker List Includes:

  • Sayu Bhojwani, Founder & President, New American Leaders

  • State Representative Crisanta Duran, Colorado District 5; Speaker of the House

  • Kimberly Ellis, Founder, Unbought and Unbossed

  • Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab; Strategy & Partnership Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter

  • Deb Haaland, Democratic Nominee, New Mexico's 1st Congressional District

  • Dolores Huerta, Founder & President, Dolores Huerta Foundation; Co-Founder, United Farm Workers

  • Congressmember Pramila Jayapal, Washington District 7

  • Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder & Co-Director, ROC United

  • Congressmember Barbara Lee, California District 13

  • Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

  • State Representative Rebecca Rios, Arizona District 27; House Minority Leader

  • Linda Sarsour, Founder, MPower Change

  • Rashida Tlaib, Democratic Nominee, Michigan’s 13th Congressional District

This Summit is taking place on the eve of the midterm elections at a time when our country is looking for signs of hope and courageous leadership. We have witnessed since 2016 a surge of women of color both rising in politics and entering politics. The Summit will be an unprecedented convening of women of color who are changing our national and local politics. From the stage, participants will learn about the political power of women of color as a voting bloc, and will hear stories of the challenges and triumphs of what it takes for women of color to succeed in politics. They will also hear from the very best strategists about how women of color are leading new approaches to win in the mid-terms and beyond.

An updated speaker list is available at www.shethepeople.org

Event details:
Thursday, September 20, 2018
8 am-5 pm PST
The Julia Morgan Ballroom
465 California St, San Francisco, CA

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Watch recordings of She The People Summit on Youtube Live:

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

Families Belong Together - SF March & Rally

Families Belong Together - SF March & Rally

On June 30th, Women's March San Francisco, in partnership with Families Belong Together - San Francisco and Indivisible SF, hosted a march and rally, in coordination with MoveOn's call for a national day of action.

DONATE: We’ve partnered with Horizons Foundation to create the AIREA Fund (Asylee, Immigrant, and Refugee Emergency Action Fund). Learn more and donate.  Invest in freeing families. Invest in legal, social, and community services for immigrants and refugees. Please give generously and share widely — lives depend on it. 

WATCH: To view a recording of the 6/30 SF Families Belong Together Rally, please go to http://bonhoffer.tv/ 

Immigrant rights are human rights, and human rights are immigrant rights. It's time we take the streets to call for an end to the human rights abuses of ICE and the Trump Administration as they cruelly separate children from their families. The world is watching, and we won't allow this to continue. We've rallied, we've protested, now join us as we MARCH in San Francisco to send a powerful message: Families belong together! 

10:00 AM: MEET at Mission Dolores Park @ Dolores & 18th
10:00 - 11:00 AM: MARCH to San Francisco City Hall 
11 AM - 1 PM: RALLY at San Francisco City Hall

This action was in coordination with MoveOn's call for a national day of action on June 30th, and is hosted by Families Belong Together - San FranciscoWomen's March San Francisco, and  Indivisible SF, and endorsed by:
• Chicana Latina Foundation
• San Francisco Latino Democratic Club
• Latina/o Young Democrats of San Francisco
• Planned Parenthood Northern California
• Prospera Community Development
• San Francisco Progressive Alliance
• The National Center for Lesbian Rights
•  Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club
• Democratic Socialists of America: San Francisco
• San Francisco Berniecrats
• Juanita More
• The Women's Building
• MoveOn.org
• 5 Calls
• South Beach District 6 Democratic Club of San Francisco
• Carecen
• San Francisco Labor Council
• SF Progressive Democrats of America
• Yemeni American Association in the Bay Area
• Malikah
• A Day With Out Immigrant SF
• CAIR San Francisco Bay Area
• International Socialist Organization
• SEIU Local 87
• SF Threshold Choir
• Yemeni Alliance Committee
• Central Valley Empowerment Alliance
• Social Justice Collaborative
• Bay Resistance

SPEAKERS:  The following are some of the speakers/organizations for the Civic Center Rally organized by Indivisible SF & MoveOn (in no particular order):

Corrina Gould /Ohlone Tribe
Catherine Herrera /Ohlone Tribe
Kimberly Alvarenga / CA Domestic Workers
Enma Delgado / Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Tina Shauf-Bajar / Filipino Community Center
Melba Maldonado / La Raza Community Center
Rana Abdelhamid / Amnesty International
Hillary Ronen & Sandra Fewer
Alex U Inn / Activist & Artist
Maria Villalta / Carecen
Zahra Billoo / CAIR
Rabbi Sydney Mintz / Bend The Arc Jewish Action
Ruth McFarlane/ National Center for Lesbian Rights
Ani Rivera / Galeria De La Raza
Joan Baez

Speakers from:
Local 87
Causa Justa
La Collectiva
Parents Voices
Refuse Fascism
Dolores Street Community Services  
Lawyers from Deportation Defense and Legal Advocacy
Yemeni American Association of the Bay Area

and MORE......

Thousands to March and Rally in San Jose for Women’s March: Hear Our Vote

Thousands to March and Rally in San Jose for Women’s March: Hear Our Vote

Rally featuring community leaders to kick of year of action aimed at getting people to run, vote and support marginalized communities.

San Jose, CA. January 18, 2018 -  Thousands of women and their allies are expected to attend the 2018 Women’s March San Jose: Hear Our Vote Saturday, January 20. The event kicks off with a march at City Hall at 11 a.m. and leads to a rally starting at noon at Arena Green East. Roughly 40,000 people showed up for the inaugural event in 2017 and volunteer organizers are planning for a solid turn out again this year.

“We hope participating in this year’s March will inspire people to get involved and make a difference in our community.” says Jenny Bradanini, Co-Lead of Women’s March San Jose. “This year has brought women closer together, and they have realized they are not alone. There is always someone standing with them, supporting them, and believing them. We will drive that momentum to the voting booth.”

An impressive array of women who are solving problems in the community will speak about the importance of getting organized and engaged. Reproductive rights, immigration, DACA, civil rights, LGBTQIA rights, social justice and the #metoo movement are just some of the themes speakers will address. There will also be a strong message of support for each other’s struggles and triumphs.

“The first Women’s March encouraged thousands of women to take seats on decision making tables in their communities. We really hope this year another wave of women and our allies find their own voice and step up to lead,” says Chandra Brooks, Women’s March San Jose community advisory committee member.

This year’s all-female speaker line-up focuses on girls and women who are changemakers in their own communities. They’ve created apps, like one that helps Dreamers find resources to go to college, provided services for survivors of gender-based violence, and created safe spaces for some of our most vulnerable populations.

“We are fortunate to live in a place where women of all ages are stepping up to address problems they see in their own communities.” says Vicky Mattson, Co-Lead of Women’s March San Jose. “We are looking forward to raising the voices of this diverse group of women leaders, and hopefully inspiring others to advocate for change.”

The March and Rally are both family-friendly events, with food, children’s activities, and a Call to Action Alley, where 45 booths will be staffed by local non-profit and grassroots organizations. Participants at the rally can register to vote, sign up to volunteer, and learn about organizations that support the rich diversity of Santa Clara County. It is strongly encouraged that people take public transit to the event.

At the Rally:
MC: Mia Amor

Maria “Mia Amor” Sanchez is a Salvadoran-American on-air personality, voice-over pro and influencer. Known for her sassy personality, Sanchez joined the Entercom family in 2014 and is currently the co-host of the morning show on Q102.1 FM - “Joey V & Mia Amor in the Morning"

Rally Speakers: (alphabetized by last name)
Gabrielle Antolovich
has been the Board President of the volunteer-run Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center for the past three years, creating greater unity within the community and with allies, especially since the presidential elections.

ASHA, Artist, Educator, and Revolutionary
Asha is an 8th grade teacher in San Jose at Monroe Middle school. She is an international poet, striving to use art to create radical change. Recently on the cover of Content Magazine, Asha consistently uses her platform to voice out against injustice and to speak up for those ancestors who have been marginalized and oppressed for centuries.

Chandra Brooks, Author, Social Entrepreneur, Community, social and civil rights activist
Chandra Brooks is passionate for her community, civil rights, social justice, and improving voter outcomes and civic engagement in communities of color. She is the former Vice President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Commissioner of Santa Clara County’s Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and Chair of the Justice and Advocacy Committee that manages the Commissions oversight of Elmwood’s Women’s Correctional Facility. In 2017, Chandra launched The SocialPreneur, a purpose-driven business that prepares potential candidates to get ready to run for political office, and mentors women to own their power and leadership within their company, business and/or community.

Coalition of South Bay organizations supporting survivors of gender-based violence.

Kimberly Ellis
Kimberly Ellis revolutionized Democratic politics in California through her work as the first African-American Executive Director in Emerge America’s national network.  With more than a decade’s experience in developing, implementing and growing training programs to empower women to run for office successfully, under her leadership, Emerge California quadrupled in size, expanding its reach, effectiveness and visibility.

Today, more than half of Emerge California’s 400 alumnae currently serve in elected or appointed office.

Ketzal Gomez
Ketzal Gomez, born and raised in San José, is a Chicana community organizer who has been involved in social justice issues for over a decade. She currently works for Santa Clara County’s Office of Women’s Policy, where her work focuses on women and girls affected by the justice system, and on women and girl leadership.

Maria Gonzalez, Janitorial Worker, Sexual Assault Survivor, Co-lead of Ya Basta
Maria Gonzalez is a janitorial worker who works at Facebook, who is a survivor of workplace sexual assault and harassment, as featured in Frontline's Rape on the Night Shift episode. She is a leader in the Ya Basta movement which has passed legislation to protect women in the janitorial industry from assault and harassment in the workplace and is still working to win even greater protections. She is the mother of three successful young women, including a Dreamer, whom she is dedicated to protecting as well.

Martha Hernandez, MadeBOS Founder and CEO
Born in Oakland, CA Martha Hernández grew up in Chavinda, Michoacán, Mexico. At age 7 she began selling chicken outside her house with her mother and sisters to survive. It was a job only men did. Since then her feminism and entrepreneurial spirit was born.

Currently, Martha is the Founder and CEO of madeBOS, a smart, AI driven, career pathing platform that creates economic mobility for entry level workers in retail and adjacent sectors by empowering them to drive their own development. She has a successful track record strategizing and delivering critical human capital initiatives, technical implementations and integrations. Martha has served in several Talent Acquisition and Talent Management and Sales leadership roles for organizations such as Coro, Give Something Back, Mi Pueblo Food Centers, Inner City Advisors' Talent Management Initiative and prior to launching madeBOS, she was Save Mart Supermarkets' Director of Talent Acquisition.

Helen Kassa, Santa Clara University student, emerging social entrepreneur and humanitarian
Helen Kassa is an emerging social entrepreneur and has been involved in humanitarian and community services since she was eight-years old. She is currently a sophomore at Santa Clara University and her family heritage is Ethiopian. At age eight, she founded a humanitarian educational program here in the United States and in Ethiopia, called Giving Hope to Kids Like Me. The primary focus of her work is the utilization of education as a tool to help communities raise themselves out of poverty. She had completed several trips back to her family homeland and has adopted a K-8 school in Ethiopia with over 1200 students and has provided school supplies and teaching aids and has built a science lab.

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, DREAMers Roadmap Founder and CEO, 2014 White House Champion of Change
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is the Founder and CEO of DREAMers Roadmap, a mobile app platform that helps undocumented students navigate the necessary resources to access higher education. This is Sarahi’s latest project in a longer trajectory of activism within and for the undocumented community, which has placed her in the spotlight of continued conversations centered on national immigration policy.

Sarahi was a Champion of Change at the White House in 2014, has received 2 House of Representatives Awards, and was recently named in Forbes 30 under 30. A former undocumented student who once had to drop out of school to support her family, Sarahi’s personal experience informs her unwavering vision: to help hundreds of thousands of Latino students eliminate the barriers to success and achieve their full potential.

Aejaie Sellers  Transgender Community Advocate
Aejaie is a successful coach, mentor, and business owner. She is an active member and outspoken advocate for the Transgender community.

Van Lan Truong, Management Analyst at Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services, long-time community activist
Van Lan Truong had a lifelong track record as a Vietnamese community organizer and advocate She is former policy Aide from Supervisor Cindy Chavez and has extensive knowledge in working with the Vietnamese Community in the U.S., having served as a co-founder of the National Congress of Vietnamese Americans and founder of the Vietnamese American Women’s League of Massachusetts.  She is passionate about organizing the Vietnamese community in all aspects for social change and social justice.  

Sameena Usman, Government Relations Coordinator, Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Sameena Usman serves as the Government Relations Coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area office, where she works with elected officials in advocating for impactful legislation, connects them with their constituents, and provides information about the Bay Area Muslim community and their concerns - including civil rights issues.  Through her work, she actively builds bridges with various communities and conducts interfaith dialogue. 

Aisha Wahab, Progressive Change Agent in Government, Business, Non-Profit, & Community. Proud Millennial, Author, Organizer & Human
Aisha Wahab is a dynamic individual with experience in policy, technology, business, international relations and local community work. A talented woman who is at the intersection of social impact, technology, and community organizing. Her broad-based experience has allowed her to serve in a variety of different leadership positions which have allowed her to use her skills and influence a multitude of projects for both public, private and non-profit industries.

Sophia Yen, MD MPH, CEO and Co-Founder of PandiaHealth, #reprorights advocate
Sophia Yen, MD MPH is CEO and Co-Founder of PandiaHealth, which brings prescription birth control to women wherever they have internet and a mailbox. She has been a #reprorights advocate and feminist since 13 years old and founded the Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women and co-founded SheHeroes.org. She grew up in the Bay Area, graduated MIT, UCSF Medical school. UC Berkeley with an MPH. Mother of 2 strong, smart, activist daughters and wife to a feminist husband.

Young leaders from QueenHype and Downtown College Prep’s RISE UP group

Performers include Monica Pasqual, DJ Andre, Blimes Brixton, Akoma Arts, and Ishmeet Narula.

About Women’s March San Jose
Women’s March San Jose operates as a grassroots non-profit organization that is part of a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties and social justice for all.  We stand together in solidarity 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.

FOR MEDIA: B-roll and images from 2017 marches, impact statements for 2018 and other materials are available. Please register for press credentials for access to on-site press facilities.

Media inquiries: colleen@womensmarchbayarea.org


In Spirit, but Not On Stage

In Spirit, but Not On Stage

This year’s theme, kicking off with our march and rally, is “Hear Our Vote,” centering on five actions:

  • Registering to vote
  • Mobilizing to the polls
  • Organizing locally, as even the many Americans who can’t vote are hugely impactful on elections
  • Electing more women - especially women of color - and allies
  • Running for office (women!)

So why, then, are some of the local female elected officials NOT on-stage this Saturday? Why are Supervisors Ronen and Lee Fewer selected from among their peers on a predominantly female Board of Supervisors to speak on behalf of women in politics?

The answer is simple. Women’s March Bay Area is a 501c3 and as such can’t engage in partisan politics. Any action that’d be potentially interpreted as endorsing a candidate puts our nonprofit status at risk, which in turn makes our organizing more challenging. We can’t feature any politicians engaged in an active campaign on-stage.

The irony is not lost on us that as we have a city and state that exemplify to the rest of the country what we’re hoping for in terms of representative politics, we won’t be able to directly pay tribute to the work of these women from our stage.

Please know we celebrate them. We honor them. We hope to see them among our marchers, and we’re happy to bring light to so many of the issues at stake in coming elections so they’re connecting to a more informed voter base in this summer’s special election and in the fall midterms.

Thank you,

Women’s March San Francisco