This past week, much has been written about the Women’s March on Washington and the Solidarity March Merida. The events will be held simultaneously. In Merida, we will gather together:
Saturday January 21st, from 12 noon – 3 pm, at Hennessy’s Irish Pub
From what I hear, many members of Merida’s international community would like to participate, but they need further information. The most frequently asked questions seem to be:
- What are the aims of Solidarity March Merida?
The first aim is to show support for all those participating in the Women’s March on Washington. Apart from the D.C mega-march, 1,364,010 people have agreed to join one of 616 sister marches or events – in support of women and other marginalized groups – that have been organized all over the world. Ours is one of fifteen to be held in Mexico.
- Who will be attending?
The organizational committee estimates that “between 50 and 200 people” will be at Hennessy’s. To date, 75 people have confirmed their participation on Solidarity March Merida’s facebook event page. It would be helpful to have a closer estimate, so if you have decided to join us, you can register here:
However, you do not have to do so – everyone is welcome – and the event is free of charge..
- Is there a program? What will we do at Hennessy’s? Will we march?
Our informal program includes music and mingling – but no marching. We have no wish to disrupt traffic or any of Merida’s regular Saturday activities. Inside the restaurant, a banner will be stretched out on a long table, so bring your felt markers and write a personal message in support of what matters most to you. That could include:
Parity and equality for women
Fair, respectful treatment of immigrants, migrants and refugees
Support for social programs and health care
Opportunities for young people – they need to feel hopeful about the future
Education and loving support for children
Services for seniors – they need to feel safe and protected.
Respect for diversity – no one should be marginalized because of their ethnicity, socio-economic standing, sexual orientation, political views or religion.
At the close of the event, the banner will be hung on Hennessy’s outside wall for all to see.
We also hope to connect via cell phone with the 30 Merida residents who will be in Washington. If we are successful (we have been warned that the connectivity will be limited) we hope to show live feed on the pub’s TV.
- Will there be food available?
We will be at Hennessy’s over the lunch hour, so if you wish, at your own expense, you can order food and drink from the regular menu.
- What about the legality? Foreigners in Mexico are not allowed to take part in political events.
Solidarity March Merida will not address Mexican law and order or politics. In fact, an important part of the event is to show our support for Mexico, and use our voices to defend the country we call home during all or part of each year. We want the people of Mexico to know that we appreciate their hospitality and kindness. We do not support anti-Mexico rhetoric or bullying.
If you still have a question or would like to express an opinion, please use the comment section. I speak for all members of the event’s planning committee when I say that we want everyone living in the area to feel comfortable and committed to the Solidarity March Merida. We hope we’ll see you at Hennessy’s, noon until 3 PM, this coming Saturday!