RALLY AND PERFORMANCES IN CIVIC CENTER AT 3 P.M. SATURDAY, JANUARY 21ST FOLLOWED BY CANDLELIGHT MARCH TO JUSTIN HERMAN PLAZA
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Women’s March Bay Area, San Francisco today announces its initial slate of speakers and performers for the rally taking place on Saturday, January 21 at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., a candlelight march will then proceed from Civic Center up Market St. to Justin Herman Plaza.
The Women’s March Bay Area, San Francisco has recently been officially endorsed by both the San Francisco Labor Council and the United Educators of San Francisco. The all-volunteer organization is part of the 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.
“We can already feel a shifting energy as we work to put together this march,” said San Francisco lead Renee McKenna. “We know that hearing this incredible, courageous group of women and men will only inspire more hope, deepen our resolve to stand in solidarity for human rights, and create new and lasting connections among all the groups we march with on January 21st. We are grateful to each of them for being a part of this great movement.”
The non-partisan Women's March Bay Area is a 100% volunteer effort and contributions cover direct expenses incurred producing the marches.
For more information about the San Francisco or other Bay Area marches, visit: www.womensmarchbayarea.org or follow @womensmarchbayarea on Facebook and Instagram, or @wmbayarea on Twitter and Snapchat. Images, logos and more are available at https://womensmarchbayarea.org/presskit/
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Katherine Ellison, a Marin resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning former foreign correspondent and author of "The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes You Smarter," among other books. Motherhood serves as a political motivator, and Ellison tells the stories of moms who have worked for social change, from the temperance movement to Argentina's Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo to Mothers Against Drunk Driving to Climate Parents in San Francisco.
Ameena Jandali is Director of Content and a founding member of Islamic Networks Group (ING) where she co-designs and develops educational presentations and cultural competency seminars presented in schools, colleges, universities, churches, and other venues on Islam and related subjects. She has strong ties to local schools: teaching at City College of San Francisco, and receiving her M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Hung Liu is a celebrated painter born in Changchun, China in1948, where she grew up under the Maoist regime. Initially trained in the Socialist Realist style, Liu studied mural painting in Beijing before immigrating to the U.S. in 1984. Known for paintings based on historical Chinese photographs, Liu has painted prostitutes, refugees, street performers, soldiers, laborers and prisoners, among others. Her painting challenges the documentary authority of historical Chinese photographs by subjecting them to the more reflective process of painting. She lives in Oakland where she is Professor Emerita at Mills College.
Jane Kim is the San Francisco Supervisor for District 6, one of the most dynamic and diverse districts in San Francisco, encompassing the Tenderloin, South of Market, Mid-Market/Civic Center, South Beach, Mission Bay, Rincon Hill, and Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island neighborhoods. She is the first Korean-American elected official in San Francisco, and has dedicated her career to serving San Francisco communities, starting as a Community Organizer at Chinatown Community Development Center, then as a Civil Rights Attorney at Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and as President of the San Francisco Board of Education.
Ruth McFarlane, Esq. is Director of Development & Community Engagement at National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education. McFarlane oversees the cultivation and mobilization of support from individual donors, corporations, foundations and other institutions that share NCLR’s vision. For local school ties, McFarlane holds a Masters from the University of California in Berkeley.
Maria de Lourdes Reboyoso is the Grassroots Fundraiser Coordinator for Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA). She is an immigrant from Mexico who worked as an accountant for more than 15 years in her home country. She joined MUA in 2009, and is a graduate of MUA’s Leadership and Grassrooots Fundraising trainings. Lourdes plans and coordinates MUA’s member-led fundraising events, implements individual donor outreach, and initiates new fundraising strategies. Lourdes is the proud single mom of two children and when not raising money for MUA she can be found on the frontlines of our immigrant rights protests and direct actions or testifying in Sacramento for domestic worker’s rights.
Julia Serano is a true Renaissance woman: a writer, performer, activist, musician, and biologist. She is best known for her book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, a collection of personal essays that debunk many of the myths and misconceptions that people have about trans women, femininity, and the subjects of gender and sexism more generally.
Angelica Vargas, is a student at the University of California, Berkeley and is a beneficiary of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Cal Grant after having maintained a 4.0 GPA through high school.
About the Performing Artists
Emily Afton delivers her emotive and honest songs from a place that feels lodged in the past, rooted in a dreamy barefoot era. You can hear the Georgian lineage on her mother’s side, conjuring a Southern swamp, mixed with urbane pop relevance. Oakland indie-rock meets an afterhours quest for mischief, with ribbons of soul and electro-pop interwoven.
MicahTron is a queer artist born and raised in San Francisco, with not only a unique style but also a creative approach to music. Having gone from homeless to low income housing growing up to more recently traveling overseas, this artist has an old school soul, and a new school flow. MicahTron is always looking to push her image further and her sound to new heights. MicahTron is a featured MC of HipHopForChange, a 501(c)3 non-profit that uses grassroots activism to educate people about socio-economic injustices and advocate solutions through hip hop culture.
Your Fearless Leader is a seven-piece powerhouse comprised of the diversity of persons that exemplify the very nature of San Francisco. With a performance that engages every sense of the human experience, Your Fearless Leader captures its audience through narrative song stories, dynamic orchestration and humble beginnings.