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Denver's Women's March Announces New Name, 2019 Date

Denver's first Women's March, January 21, 2017.
Denver's first Women's March, January 21, 2017. Ken Hamblin II
With Thanksgiving under your belt, it's not too early to start organizing your post-holiday calendar. Save January 19, 2019, for the third annual Women's March Denver.

Actually, make that Womxn's March Denver: The name has been changed to include "all women, all backgrounds and intersectionality," according to the Womxn's March Denver leadership team, which just announced the new name/next date. "Intersectionality is not just the word of the day, it is our path forward. We know this because this movement, including the Women’s March, has struggled for so long to build meaningful coalitions. Today, we step into the work. Today, we know better: because we listened, as a March, as a movement, as a people committed to justice. We listened to the voices of the marginalized, those targeted by sexism, racism, classism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia, heterosexism, cissexism, and more, and we are continuing to build those relationships, internally and externally."

Organizers of the Women's March in Washington, D.C., are facing charges of anti-semitism leveled by Teresa Shook, who founded the movement with a single Facebook post. In response to those, the 2019 Womxn's March Denver Leadership Team released the following statement:

"Revolution is messy, and navigating these issues can be complex. It is important to stand up and speak out against oppression and hateful language used against any community and therefore, Womxn’s March Denver has stated our firm support of our Jewish sisters and brothers. Now we are stating our desire to March forward. Contributing toward a narrative of division is not something the Womxn’s March Denver wishes to focus on—around a movement inspired by coming together to make a difference. There is much work to be done and we are interested in building bridges in our own backyard—not tearing down other grassroots movements that further our overall mission of equity, inclusion, and intersectionality."

The theme for Denver's 2019 event and subsequent action: "Listen. Unite. Act."

This will be the third march in Denver. On January 21, 2017, more than 150,000 people came together in the streets of downtown to demonstrate against the new administration and to push for community. The 2019 event will start in Civic Center Park with a rally, followed by the march. Details will be announced in the coming weeks; in the meantime, you can stay updated on through womensmarchdenver.org, and on the Facebook page.

Update: This story has been updated to include the leadership team's statement.
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