It is no question we have embarked on a rather interesting presidency in 2017 and the recent White House controversial events prove so with just half a year into Trump’s presidency. It’s times like these we must unite as a community to move pass all the negativity and unfavorable government changes to continue to be a strong nation.
Last week Human Rights Campaign (HRC) launched a nationwide summer of action anchored by more than 250 grassroots events from coast to coast. “Unite. Resist. Enlist.” is the theme of these events which reflects the goal of HRC’s summer of action. The goal of summer of action 2017 is to empower and mobilize millions of equality voters to fight back against attacks that undermine the LGBTQ community.
During the summer of action the HRC staff and thousands of volunteers will be fanning out to lead more than 250 local events in more than 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The goal of each event is to register thousands of new voters and to step up visibility plus outreach for LGBTQ Pride parades, equality marches, festivals and other events.
On the weekend of June 10th & 11th HRC will hold “Weekend of Action” events coast to coast which is also during the “Equality March for Unity and Pride” in Washington and the “#Resist March” in Los Angeles. HRC will be supporting both marches and will host an Action Center at Washington, D.C., headquarters, where volunteers and visitors can engage in grassroots advocacy training, writing letters to elected officials and learning about unique social media opportunities.
The “Equality March for Unity and Pride” is on June 11th and this year if not any seems to be the most important year to participate. The Equality March for Unity and Pride is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ and communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscapes and how it is contributing to the persecution, bullying and discrimination of LGBTQ and individuals.
The Equality March for Unity and Pride main march in Washington on June 11th will begin at 10:00am EST at I (Eye) Street and 17th Street NW. There will also be Equality marches throughout USA, Australia, Switzerland, Canada on June 11th that are known as solidarity events. Click here to find participating cities and click here for more information about hosting a solidarity event for the Equality March for Unity and Pride on June 11th or to add your city. If you would like to donate to the Equality March for Unity and Pride click here. To register for the march click here.
Instead of a Pride parade meant to celebrate LGBTQ communities past progress the “#Resist March” is to ensure EVERYONE’S future. Like the first LGBTQ+ Pride march in 1970’s, attendees are going to march in unity with those who believe that America’s strength is its diversity. At the #Resist March not just LGBTQ+ people but all Americans and dreamers will be wrapped in the Rainbow Flag and our country’s unique, diverse and intersectional voices will all come together.
The #Resist March is on June 11th from Hollywood and Highland to West Hollywood at 8:00am. If you would like to attend the march click here to register. To donate towards the #Resist March click here.
HRC has also joined a broad coalition of progressive organizations in Equality Florida’s #HonorThemWithAction campaign to pay tribute to the 49 people whose lives were taken at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, and is supporting related community events.
The social media handles and hashtags to be used during HRC’s summer of action include: #LGBTQ, #EqualityMarch2017, #Resist, #HonorThemWithAction, @HRC, @ResistMarch, and @EqualityMarch17. For more information on HRC’s summer of action weekend click here.
All these historic effort comes as HRC is ramping up efforts to resist the Trump Administration’s rollback of LGBTQ equality and the annual onslaught of anti-LGBTQ state legislations across the nation. HRC accomplish this year include battling more than 130 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in 30 states; to date, seven of those bills have been signed into law. The summer of action will also help lay groundwork for HRC’s efforts to go on offense in key states ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.