Article By: The Press
Women’s March On the Lehigh Valley Saturday
The Women’s March On the Lehigh Valley will take place in Bethlehem on Saturday, January 19, for the third year in a row, joining the hundreds of thousands of women that have rallied around in sister cities in the U.S. and abroad each year since the presidential inauguration in 2017. This march will not be affiliated with the national Women’s March Organization but remains a march for and with women in solidarity and unity with the values that promote inclusivity, recognize diversity and advocate for the rights of women that have historically been an intrinsic part of the larger women’s movement.
Women’s March on the Lehigh Valley organizers collectively released the following statement about the disassociation from Women’s March, “Because the Women’s March leadership has not adequately disavowed the anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQIA rhetoric and has failed to distance itself from the source of such rhetoric, the Women’s March On the Lehigh Valley has chosen to renounce its previous affiliation with the Women’s March in solidarity with our sisters in the Jewish and LGBTQIA communities,”
Georgia Skuza, a senior at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, is the lead organizer of this event and has said, “I have been interested in politics since I was a young woman. Situations in my life fuel my fire and bring me to this moment. As a survivor of sexual abuse, I am using my voice to advocate for others. In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, I used my voice and lead the successful Walk-Out at Liberty. I appreciate everyone in the community who is supporting me in this Women’s March.”
Some of the topics that the speakers, including local elected officials and grass roots organization leaders, will address gun violence, immigration reform, environmental policy, education, ethnic and religious diversity, LGBTQIA rights and sexual violence. Local musicians will perform and representatives from local women’s rights organizations will distribute information about how participants in the March can get involved in local issues.
Corrine Goodwin, leader of Lehigh Valley Transgender Renaissance adds: “We are happy to be participating in this event that encourages people to come out and affirm the achievements of women everywhere.” Tara Zrinski, Northampton County Councilwoman said, “The Women’s March On the Lehigh Valley is an important event that must persist amidst the controversy of the Women’s March because no one entity owns, or should own, the agenda, brand or movement for the advancement of feminist values and women’s rights and certainly would not align ourselves in any affiliations that fail to renounce hatred towards the community we support, specifically, our Jewish and LGBTQIA communities. We will not be silenced by those intending to implode a movement towards unity that has so much momentum.”
For more information:
Georgia Szuka, march organizer (570)236-5039
Karen Hicks, news media contact (610)248-2768