When Is The Women's Convention? The Gathering Will Help Prepare For Mid-Term Elections
The organizers of the Women's March once said, after the massive success of the march, that we were only just getting started — and they weren't kidding. What followed was the Day Without A Woman strike, countless peaceful protests, and soon, the Women's Convention. When is the Women's Convention, where will it be held, and what can we expect?
The organizers announced on Monday that the Women's Convention will take place on October 27 through October 29, at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. It's a precursor to the 2018 midterm elections to bring thousands of people together, support candidates, and educate the masses. The convention will also include workshops, forums, and strategy sessions. On the Women's Convention website, they write, "Tapping into the power of women in leadership as the fundamental, grassroots force for change, the Women’s Convention will bring together first time activists and movement leaders, rising political stars that reflect our nation’s changing demographics, and thousands of women who’ve organized sister marches, huddles, rallies and resistance actions, large and small, since January 2017." As has been the case with previous events, the Women's Convention looks to break down barriers between and unite people of differing races, ethnicities, sexualities, genders, religion, and financial status.
It's the continuation of a movement trying to fight hate with love under the rule of a government that isn't always on our side.
They picked Detroit for a reason, too, as the issues we continue to fight are still so apparent there — "economic inequality, environmental injustice, de facto segregation, ICE raids, violent policing, and overall unequal access and opportunity," explains the website, although they also abundantly praise all the beauty Detroit offers, as well. This Michigander is thrilled to see some good news coming to the city. While people hate on Detroit quite a bit (sometimes justified, other times, not so much), we can't forget that this used to be the hot spot — and it can get there again. Bringing such an important event to the landmark city is a reminder that maybe it's changed over the years, but it's not to be forgotten.
Being more than a march has always been of utmost importance to the minds behind this movement. Bob Bland, co-president of the Women's March, told USA Today, "It’s not just enough for us to mobilize in the streets. Bringing us all back together, I think, will truly be a historic turning point for the women’s movement and all of the most marginalized groups in this country who, as you saw from Charlottesville, are under attack."
If you would like to attend, the fee is $295 per person, although more information about scholarships, discounts, and group registration will be available soon — and they've already started collecting donations for the scholarship, so that women of all backgrounds and income levels will be able to attend.