Meet the Inspiring Activists at the Head of the Women's March on Washington


    Linda Sarsour, left, Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory joined the feminist movement to prioritize inclusivity. Tamika Mallory / Facebook

“Three of the four co-chairs represent the most targeted groups by this [coming] administration: [Carmen] Perez is Mexican-American, I’m Muslim American, [Tamika] Mallory is black American,” Linda Sarsour told The Huffington Post. The community leaders have come together to help organize the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington and “make sure women of color are at the forefront” of a movement designed to let the future president know that women, in the words of the fourth organizer, Bob Bland, “do matter.”

From The Huffington Post:

As co-chairs, the three women are working to forge partnerships with diverse organizations nationwide, seeking to transform an event started almost exclusively by white women into a movement that’s firmly centered on the experiences and interests of women of color, LGBTQ women, Muslim women and more.

“We can’t receive justice if we are not able to collaborate with other races, people from different backgrounds, to stand in solidarity,” Mallory said. “We’re working around the clock to pull together what we believe will be one of the most historic moments of women from different races coming together to make our voices heard on issues pertaining to marginalized communities.”

And while the march leaders maintain that the event is not anti-Trump, the incoming president’s racist, sexist and xenophobic campaign rhetoric, as well as his anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic appointees, have clearly motivated the gathering.

“Donald Trump’s administration is a nightmare being manifested into an administration,” Sarsour said. “It’s important we women show we are not afraid.”

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

Natasha Hakimi Zapata
Assistant Editor / Poetry Editor
Natasha Hakimi Zapata holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in English with a creative writing concentration from the University of California, Los…
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