Last week was an action-packed one in the ‘ham. See what you missed:
Birmingham’s Women’s March
The Women’s March on Washington was this past Saturday, with a sister event taking place in Birmingham at Kelly Ingram Park. The Birmingham event drew an estimated attendance of 5K – 10k men, women, and children (plus a few pets!).
I didn’t make it to any marches today. It was Shabbat and some things in my life come first. This week’s Parsha, or Torah reading, was the first section of Exodus where we learn about Moses’ life which famously starts of with the decree from Pharaoh that all Jewish baby boys are to be thrown in the Nile. Yocheved, Moses’ mother, has some other ideas about what to do with her newborn boy (as well as some of the local Jewish midwives who decide to go against Pharaoh’s wishes).
Hundreds of Birmingham women, men and children are on their way to our nation’s capitol for the Women’s March on Washington, tomorrow, Saturday, January 21. Whether by car, plane, bus, with personal funds or on scholarship, they’re all packed and headed out to make a stand for their beliefs in women’s rights.
We Birmingham women are not known for being shy, despite our sweet, southern reputation. Some, including Republicans and Democrats alike, are stepping out (literally) for their voice to be heard, on how they think women should be treated.
Local women who are headed to the Women’s March On Washington on January 21st met at Saturn Saturday afternoon to make signs for the protest. Under a colorful parachute, paint, glue and glitter were crafted into messages from the heart…messages of concern about women and minorities.
Three women explain in their own words, their motivations for marching, their expectations, and how they’ll get to the Washington, D.C. event.