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Greenfield Women’s Solidarity Rally Raises over $1,600 for NELCWIT
Participants at the January 21st Women’s March on Washington Greenfield MA Sister Rally did more than raise their voices in support of women’s rights and human rights, they raised $1,642.13 for NELCWIT. NELCWIT (New England Learning Center for Women in Transition) is the Greenfield-based non-profit organization that is the domestic violence and rape crisis center for Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. NELCWIT’s mission is to work within the community to build safety, justice, and dignity for all.
The donation was collected by Rally volunteers with buckets that said “Donations to cover Rally expenses. Everything collected over Rally expenses will be donated to NELCWIT.” Rally participants put $2,122.13 and one guitar pick in the buckets. After paying Rally expenses of $480, Rally organizers Mary McClintock and Cynthia Bleil sent a check for $1,642.13 to NELCWIT and gave the guitar pick to Rally musician Laura Wetzler.
McClintock and Bleil praised the many people and businesses who came together to make the Rally a safe, successful opportunity for people to express their vision of the world they want and the actions they will take to create that world. The organizers especially thank:
Rally co-organizer Cynthia Bleil said, “The Rally brought us together to gain strength from each other to take necessary action to create the world we want. We’ve learned from each other, the speakers, and organizers many ways we can each take action. We encourage everyone to use their strengths and passions to decide on a course of action and to then DO IT! We provided the Rally participants with a list of actions they can take. We have heard from many Rally participants about how inspiring and energizing the Rally was. And, we’ve heard from many people who continue to take action.”
Commenting on the impact of the Rally, co-organizer McClintock said, “The spirit and size of the Rally went far beyond our wildest dreams. Clearly, many people wanted an opportunity to gather with others to express themselves. They brought their signs, enthusiasm, hope, and vision to share with everyone on the Town Common and beyond. We also have heard from people who question whether big rallies make a difference. Here’s my response to questions about the effectiveness of rallies such as this one: The Greenfield Women’s Rally has already had many short-term impacts in creating the world we want, including energizing and inspiring thousands of people to take action on local, state, and national issues and providing $1,642.13 to an organization that helps make Franklin County and the North Quabbin region safe. We will never know all of the impacts of this Rally, but they will be felt for years ahead whenever each of the Rally participants takes action or influences someone else to take action. As long-time activist and award-winning author Rebecca Solnit says, ‘It is always too soon to calculate the effect of activism.’”
Videos of the Greenfield Women's Rally, 1/21/17:
ACTION LIST FROM
Women’s March On Washington – Greenfield, MA Sister Rally
January 21, 2017, Greenfield Town Common
WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!
ACTION: Get together with members of your community, in person, not just online. Join or create a local vigil, create a weekly/monthly “write postcards about issues we care about to our elected representatives” gatherings, create or attend fundraising events for local women’s and progressive organizations, and more. In Franklin County, here are two weekly vigils on the Greenfield Town Common. Who will start Women’s Rights Vigils in Greenfield or other towns?
ACTION: Contact your local, state, and federal representatives, often. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/offers best practices for making Congress listen. Find your representatives at: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
ACTION: Financially support or volunteer at local organizations that support women. For those who live outside of Franklin County, find local organizations by looking online or at local library. Programs serving Franklin County include:
· Tapestry http://www.tapestryhealth.org/
· New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT) http://www.nelcwit.org/
· Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin regions http://www.communityaction.us/
· The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts http://www.womensfund.net/
· Franklin County League of Women Voters (now forming) https://www.facebook.com/events/366329837077477/
· Montague Catholic Social Ministries: http://mcsmcommunity.org/
ACTION: Report hate crimes to the MA Attorney General’s Hate Crime Hotline (800) 994-3228
ACTION: Take classes in self-defense or self-protection offered by schools that support women:
· Valley Women’s Martial Arts and Lotus Peace Arts http://www.vwma.org/
· Spirit of the Heart Martial Arts & Wellness Center spiritoftheheart.org offers classes in Greenfield.
ACTION: Support state and national organizations that support women and are otherwise progressive.
ACTION: Run for office!
ACTION: Do what you do. Put your feminist and progressive poems, films, drawings and paintings, sculptures out into the world. Talk to anyone who will listen, and teach about peace and equality.
ACTION: Practice Radical Self-Care... We need YOU!