STATEN ISLAND, NY — Julienne Verdi says she’s participating in the 2018 Women’s March in Manhattan as a result of she is a mom, pregnant lady, former affected person of Planned Parenthood, an Affordable Care Act enrollee, and the granddaughter of an undocumented immigrant.
“I hold all of these identities and more with me as I march for the rights of all Staten Islanders, New Yorkers and Americans,” stated Verdi, who’s chairwoman and founding father of Move Forward Staten Island, an area advocacy group dedicated to working in a collaborative strategy to tackle social justice issues and insurance policies.
She is certainly one of hundreds of Staten Islanders who’re assembly on Saturday at the the Staten island Ferry Terminal in St. George to participate in the Women’s March 2018.
“There are a lot of reasons why I march. I march for who I am: a woman, a college student, a wife, a mom, and now, a mother of a college student and a child who serves in the military,” stated Lorie Honor, co-founder of Women Who March.
“I am a woman who came of age in the 80s, who has seen reproductive rights rolled back. As a young mother in the 90s I bought a house, had children and I got a good paying union job as a teacher, and both my husband and I were able to pay back our college loans, pay for pre-k and make our mortgage payments,” she added.
READY WITH SIGNS
Move Forward Staten Island and Staten Island Women Who March hosted a joint poster-making session final week at Staten Island MakerSpace, the place almost 100 Staten Islanders made indicators with slogans, comparable to: “Women Hold Up Half the Sky,” “When She Walks the Revolution’s Coming,” and “Queer Women Count.”
“Move Forward Staten Island is thrilled to stand with so many of our neighbors to show New York City and the world that Staten Islanders are passionate about women’s rights and social justice,” stated Verdi
In addition to Move Forward Staten Island and Staten Island Women Who March, there are a number of teams that type the borough’s March contingent.
“Feminist and LGBTQ movements have not moved towards common goals, but we at the Pride Center of Staten Island find that they are both stronger when they work in concert. Lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women have always been part of women’s advocacy, and the Pride Center looks forward to continuing that tradition,” stated Lisa Sloan, Program Director of the Pride Center of Staten Island.
Said Tom Shcherbenko, chairman of Peace Action of Staten Island: “Peace Action of Staten Island is proud to participate in the Women’s March on NYC. Peace Action has always worked for the core values that are represented in this march, such as respecting the rights of all people in every country regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, or sexual identity. We welcome the opportunity to #RockTheBoat with this wide variety of other Staten Island organizations.”
Participating organizations included; Move Forward Staten Island, Pride Center of Staten Island, Staten Island four Change, Peace Action of Staten Island, Young Democrats of Richmond County, Staten Island Democratic Association and Staten Island Women Who March.
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