BY BTL STAFF
The Women’s March announced Oct. 12 that U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) will be a featured speaker at the Women’s Convention, which will take place in Detroit from Friday, Oct. 27-29. Sen. Sanders will speak during a Friday evening plenary session on how the progressive movement can move forward and achieve its priorities.
“I’m honored to join the women at the front lines of our struggle for economic, social, racial and environmental justice. In January, millions of women came out in an extraordinary and unprecedented display of power and resistance. Now more than ever, we must support the leadership of women across the country and fight together to advance our progressive agenda,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Piper Perabo (actress and activist), Sally Kohn (Political Commentator and Community Organizer) and Lilianna Angel Reyes (Activist), Nomiki Konst (Investigative Reporter, The Young Turks), Leah Greenberg (Co-Executive Director, The Indivisible Project) also join the growing roster of speakers.
“Senator Sanders has been a fierce champion of women’s rights and bolstering female voices throughout his career of public service,” said Tamika Mallory, Women’s March Co-President. “We are honored that he will be joining us at the Convention to lend his voice in support of women leaders from across the country who will be converging in Detroit. We look forward to hearing from him on how he plans progressive policies that will empower and protect the most marginalized among us.”
The convention aims to have participants leave inspired and motivated, with new connections, skills and strategies for working towards collective liberation for women of all races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, sexual identities, gender expressions, immigration statuses, religious faiths, and economic statuses.
Additional speakers include: Angela Rye, Amber Tamblyn, Symone Sanders, Stacey Abrams, Nina Turner, US Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), Stephanie Schriock, Ai-jen Poo, Aida Hurtado, Lenore Anderson, US Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Stephanie Chang, Raquel Castaneda Lopez, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Sarah Eagle Heart, Rashida Tlaib, Brittney Packnett, Nomiki Konst, Winnie Wong, Stosh Cotler, Leah Greenberg, and the Women’s March co-chairs Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory.
With the official theme of “Reclaiming Our Time,” the Women’s Convention is just the beginning of a political groundswell, showing that the rise of the woman IS the rise of the nation.