How To Register For The Women's Convention This Fall & Join The Movement
If you missed the Women's March this January, you still have a chance to participate in the movement. On Monday, its organizers announced that they plan to reconvene in October, leaving political dissenters with one question on their minds: How do you register for the Women's Convention? Unlike January's protest, the convention requires attendees to purchase tickets. It may be pricey, but the process is easy enough.
According to the Women's Convention website, the intersectional event will take place at the Cobo Center in Detroit from Oct. 27 to 29. Branding itself as the "beginning of a political groundswell," it aims to organize protesters and help them work toward women's liberation with workshops, speakers, forums, and more. The focus is on the upcoming midterm elections in 2018, and everyone, not just women, is welcome to attend.
General attendance costs $295 per person, which organizers write is "necessary to help us cover the expense of holding a conference." However, to make the convention accessible to women of all economic backgrounds, discounted tickets, scholarships, and group registration will be available later.
Youth registration (available to attendees 25 or younger) costs $125. As you buy your ticket, you can also donate to the scholarship fund. Attendees can ask for accommodations when they register, although the conference's organizers prefer them to be requested by Wednesday, Oct. 11.
According to the Women's Convention website, organizers chose the location because they feel Detroit clearly represents many problems the Women's March spoke out against:
Many of the issues that led us to march in January 2017 are starkly visible in Detroit and its surrounding areas: economic inequality, environmental injustice, de facto segregation, ICE raids, violent policing, and overall unequal access and opportunity. At the same time, Detroit is home to a rich musical history, a vibrant art scene and a long and radical history of grassroots activism — something that continues today.
Just like our movement, Detroit cannot be compartmentalized.
While the convention was planned before the white supremacist march that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va., co-president Bob Bland told USA Today that it demonstrates why people are marching against the state of American politics. "This isn’t just because we didn’t win an election," he said.
The convention's goal is to inspire activists and future leaders and teach them skills they can bring back to their hometowns. If the Women's March is any indication, women wield tremendous power when they band together. All that's left is to use it.