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Women’s March on Washington Day

Proclamation

WHEREAS, the Women's March on Washington began in November 2016 as a grassroots movement with a mission to 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's true peace; and
WHEREAS, the March is based on the belief that women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights, and with the vision to create a society in which women -- including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women -- are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments; and
WHEREAS, American women have long fought for the right to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence, discrimination, sexual harassment, and economic and political inequality; and
WHEREAS, the hard-fought Suffragette Movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries resulted in the addition of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution on August 26, 1920, giving women the right to vote and promising an equal voice in the political process; and
WHEREAS, nearly a century later, women in the United States still struggle to be treated as equals in society and the work force, and face new assaults on reproductive rights and personal freedoms; and
WHEREAS, on Saturday, January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women and men will gather in our nation's capital and in sister solidarity marches around the world to support human rights including the Unity Principles of Ending Violence, Reproductive Rights, LGBTQIA Rights, Worker's Rights, Civil Rights, Disability Rights, Immigrant Rights, and Environmental Justice; and
WHEREAS, multitudes of Bloomington residents will be among the marchers, in Indianapolis and Washington and other locations, honoring the champions of human rights, dignity and justice that have come before us to support the women's rights and human rights that offer a better life to all members of society; and
WHEREAS, the City of Bloomington is proud to be represented in this historic national effort and thank all those who march for a just and equal society.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, John Hamilton, Mayor of Bloomington, Indiana do hereby proclaim

Women's March on Washington Day

In Bloomington, Indiana

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have here
unto set my hand and caused to be affixed the
Seal of the City of Bloomington this 20th
day of January.

John Hamilton's signature