RALLY FOR WOMEN'S LIVES
APRIL 9, 1995
Assemble: 12 Noon
The Mall - In Front of the Capitol
Activists for the National Organization for Women (NOW) are mobilizing
nationwide to make the April 9 Rally For Women's Lives the most
impressive feminist rally in history.
"We intend to show the 104th Congress, President Clinton and the
nation that a vast majority of people in this country oppose violence
against women -- including anti-abortion terrorism and the tyrannical
measures of the Republican Contract ON America," said NOW President
Patricia Ireland. "Thousands will rally in our nation's capital to
send an unmistakable message that we will not allow them to turn back
the clock on women's rights."
Activists are lining up celebrities, musicians and politicians to
appear at the rally and a possible benefit concert the day before.
The rally weekend April 7-9 will also feature the first national
display of the Clothesline Project. (Similar to the AIDS Quilt, it is
a visual display of T-shirts with messages about violence against
women designed by survivors or in memory of loved ones.)
Activists from NOW, the Clothesline Project and other groups will
stand together April 9 to demand real remedies to stop violence
against women. With the takeover of Congress by enemies of women's
rights, NOW expanded the scope of the rally.
"There is a clear connection between violence against women in all its
forms and the oppression of women," said NOW Action Vice President
Rosemary Dempsey. "Violence is used as a strategy to keep women in
their place -- whether it is the harassment that young women face in
schools, the experience and threat of rape that restricts our mobility
or the murders and beatings of women by intimate partners that is
condoned by the judicial system."
For information on bringing a delegation to the rally, accommodations
for the weekend or the Young Feminist Summit, or the Clothesline
Project, contact your local NOW chapter or the Rally Office at the
National Action Center, 202-331-0066.