A Statement from Women’s March Maine

Women’s March Maine (WMM) is a grassroots network led by community activists, who are each unpaid volunteers. WMM is currently an independent state chapter affiliated with Women’s March Inc., organized in community with many sister chapters and thousands of organizers and activists throughout the country.

Each of us come to this movement for different reasons, but we all believe in the power of the Unity Principles and in the mission of the Women’s March: to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.

WMM and each of its organizers unequivocally denounce anti-Semitism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia, while acknowledging that each of us as individuals have learning and work to do. We commit individually and collectively to continuing that work.

WMM recognizes that many members of the Jewish and LGBTQ+ community in Maine have experienced harm and felt excluded and erased in this movement. We apologize: we see you, we hear you, and we welcome you. We are committed to continuing to engage together in this conversation, and to rooting out anti-semitism, homophobia, and transphobia in this movement.

We recognize that white women are the visible leaders in many Women’s March Maine events; and that work to address racism and xenophobia is essential and ongoing. For those that have felt unwelcome or excluded in this movement as a result, we apologize: we see you, we hear you, and we welcome you. We are committed to continuing to engage with and support black-led, indigenous people-led, and POC-led organizations and individual activists to build trust, communication and relationship. We will continue to work to build power in non-white spaces.

This is a movement for all women, femmes, and allies committed to fighting systems of oppression and white supremacy. We emphatically reject the hate rhetoric that seeks to divide us, and the narratives that choose to amplify and weaponize our divisions, rather than see our collective power and strength.

We welcome feedback and engagement – especially from the communities most impacted and marginalized by white supremacy and bigotry. We commit collectively to receiving that feedback with grace and an open heart and we welcome your leadership.  For those that choose not to participate, we understand and respect your decision. We are grateful to those who have reached out to WMM organizers to share your feedback, thoughts, and experience. Thank you for making us better.

There is often a desire for things to be neat and tidy. In a movement like this that is impossible. We are committed to work together to clean up our messes, be better people, build powerful coalitions, and move forward together according to the principles of Kingian non-violence.

Women’s March Maine • maine@womensmarch.com

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