On Saturday January 18, 2020, the Womxn’s March Denver had its fourth annual march early morning followed by IMPACT Expo inside the McNichol’s Civic Building in downtown Denver.
Thousands of people are expected to march this Saturday during the fourth annual Womxn’s March in Denver at Civic Center Park. This year, however, things will be a bit different than before.
The march, which started in 2017 following the inauguration of President Donald Trump a day prior, started with the goal of sending a bold message to the new administration. The theme for 2020 will be “Our Vote Is Our Voice.”
Which is why organizers say they are putting more of a focus on impact and action in the midst of an election year. Because of this, the Womxn’s March Denver will not have a rally this year. Instead, those participating in the march will have the opportunity to connect with nonprofits and grassroots organizations that work in reproductive rights, climate change, gun safety, immigration, voter registration, domestic violence, among others.
I have been working with the Womxn’s March Denver since 2018. In 2019, I joined the Public Engagement Committee.
In partnership with the Trauma & Recovery Disaster Clinic, Caring For You and Baby Clinic from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at University of Denver, we created a community workshop series called “Building Community Resilience Through Courageous Conversations and Healing“.
The series of three workshops focused on facilitating a discussion of incidences that have divided our community, locally, nationally, and globally. Participants then came together to discuss the impact on personal and professional roles and identities followed by an interactive community “wish ribbon” making workshop that I hosted which allowed people to share stories of adversity and healing. The workshops served as a way to discuss ways to sustain, share resources and strategies to build community connections and resilience.
In 2019, our first community workshop was held at Understudy gallery during my interactive exhibition “Haus of Trauma”. The second workshop was held at Asian Pacific Development Center. The last workshop was held at Park Hill UCC.
The wish ribbons made and collected from the workshops were featured as part of the “Dream Yurt” project in collaboration with the Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado during the 2020 Womxn’s March Denver IMPACT Expo to soaring success. We had hundreds of particpants from the march make wish ribbons for the world and take part of the special project, collecting over 682 ribbons in total. The goal is to reach 1001 ribbons, we are almost there!
The “Dream Yurt” is a touring project designed to eradicate social barriers through the power of art and community, and in place celebrate kinship across our differences. By engaging/challenging systems of power, the project aims to transform systems of structured oppression and displacement while celebrating diversity, promoting social activism, equal justice, and inspiring social change. Dream Yurt invites participants to make “votive wish ribbons” which gets attached to a 200 year old Mongolian yurt from the Silk Road.
Thank you to tremendous support from the Womxn’s March Denver and Team of Warrior Women for amazing year long partnership and friendship! To Denver Arts and Venues and Denver Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs “Immigrant Integration Mini Grant” for making Dream Yurt project possible in 2020!