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Sonoma County joins Womens March on Washington

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Sonoma County joins Women's March on Washington

*The Washington Women's March is coming to Sonoma County!*

SONOMA COUNTY STANDS TOGETHER for Women will rally on Jan 21,
2017 at Noon at Santa Rosa City Hall (100 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404).

Sonoma County joins 80 other cities participating in the  “Women’s March on Washington” on Jan  21, 2017 at noon on the steps of Santa Rosa City Hall. The rally will be followed by a short march through downtown Santa Rosa. Be prepared to sing with the Wings of Glory Choir and dance in the streets with the Hub Bub Band!

A Sonoma County grassroots effort to join the D.C. Women’s March has garnered enthusiasm and endorsements.  Prominent local community organizations have stepped in with a resounding Yes!

The Sonoma County rally and march will include diverse music, inspirational speakers and a promised dance mob dance, followed by a  30-minute sidewalk march.  Local community leaders will present a variety of options for engagement and action as we move forward towards inclusion and unity.  This noon rally is a sister march of the DC Women’s March and these coordinated marches are being held on the eve of the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.  

A distinguished panel of speakers will address concerns related to Women’s Rights, Religious Freedom, LBGT  Rights,  Racism,  Immigrant and Undocumented Rights, and Disability Rights.

Speakers include, Rev Anne Gray Byrd, Alicia Sanchez, Annie Dobbs Kramer and a self-identified “Afro-Latin, queer, undocumented: student organizer.  The non-partisan, peaceful rally is intended to create a common purpose among those who feel disenfranchised by campaign rhetoric. Local organizations will present multiple opportunities for community engagement.

Volunteers are reaching out to all corners of Sonoma County to encourage everyone — women, men, children and families — to join together for a celebration of diversity.  In solidarity with those disenfranchised by campaign rhetoric and those who fear a loss of civil liberties, speakers will provide a call to action for Women’s Rights, Immigration Rights, Disability Rights, Religious and Civil Liberties for all.

“We will create an environment of love and peace, impenetrable by hate speech and community divisions,” said Anne McGivern, one of the organizers.  This grassroots effort was begun by a rapidly growing leadership group of Sonoma County women and men supported by community organizations and elected officials.  

Sonoma County Stands Together for Women, found on Facebook  at:

Endorsed by: Sonoma County Democratic Party, National Organization for Women (NOW), National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), North Bay Organizing Project, Sonoma County Commission on The Status of Women, Guided To Safety and The Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.




Sonoma County Jewish Women and their Allies Joining the Women’s March

On December 14th, the Social Action Committee of Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa voted to not only participate in the Women’s march on Jan. 21st, but to actively work to engage as many Jewish women of Sonoma County, and their allies, as possible in doing so, too. This is an opportunity for all of us to come together and to support those who are feeling increasingly disenfranchised—especially women, minorities, and immigrants. There will be opportunities to learn more about engagement and activities at a local level. Although the march takes place in downtown Santa Rosa at noon on Saturday, we felt that the urgency of the situation requires as many of us as possible to attend.

The contact person for the Beth AMi organizing for the March is Bobbie Rosenthal, her cell number is (415) 517-4323.