Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Women's Rights march set for Thursday, March 29 in Jackson, Mississippi

From a Women Are Representing press release:

JACKSON, MS - Women Are Representing (W.A.R.) will host a rally, silent protest and march in Jackson, Miss., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29.  W.A.R. is the Mississippi chapter of Unite Women, a national organization formed to unite Americans in the fight to preserve women's rights.

Last fall, a majority of Mississippi voters -- 58% -- said "NO" to the Personhood Amendment. Despite that fact, 29 bills concerning reproductive health have been introduced this year in Mississippi's legislature, each ambiguously defining limits to our medical care. W.A.R. believes Mississippi legislators should focus on issues of importance to all Mississippians rather than continuing to ignore the views of the citizens they represent.

“We have so many issues in this state that ultimately affect our health: poverty, illiteracy, high dropout rates, obesity, heart disease and diabetes, infant mortality and STDs,” event coordinator Jill Butler said.

“These are not political issues. These are health and social issues vital to the lives of every citizen and family in this state.”

“We hope every Mississippian will join us on this day to show our legislators that we want them to focus on Mississippi children and families who are here now.”

The march will begin at 10 a.m. at Smith Park (Corner of Yazoo and N Congress Streets,) and end at the Capitol, where a rally and silent protest will be held until 2 p.m. This is a come as you are, come and go event.

For more information (or to join the group), contact W.A.R. at

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