North Dakota’s Voter ID Law Aims to Disenfranchise Native Americans

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld North Dakota’s most recent controversial voter identification law, which many argue was purposely designed to discriminate against the state’s Native American population. That means a voter ID law that disenfranchises thousands of Native voters will be in effect for the November elections.

The law disqualifies all voters whose official ID’s list a P.O. Box instead of a residential address, disproportionately suppressing the vote of Native Americans who often live on rural reservations where many homes do not have street addresses and where many mail carriers will not deliver. Native Americans are also over-represented among the homeless population. The upheld law has left many Native American tribes scrambling to get their members official street addresses through the state, and then updating tribal ID cards to reflect these newly created street addresses.

On the ballot this year is Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp who won her election in 2012 by only 3,000 votes thanks in large part to Native American voters. By attempting to bar many Native Americans from voting in November, Democrats accuse the Republican-controlled North Dakota legislature of purposely suppressing voter turnout to favor the Republican candidate.

This is not North Dakota’s first attempt to suppress Native American votes through surgical voter ID laws. In 2016, a federal court blocked the enforcement of a 2013 state law requiring voters to present one of only four types of IDs when they went to the polls displaying only their current address with no option for a provisional ballot.

North Dakota, with its very small population, has only 3 votes in the Electoral College. For decades, poll workers did not have to keep track of voter rolls and were trusted to simply recognize their neighbors who came to vote. In 2006, North Dakota Secretary of State Alvin Jaeger said he has never received a report of any voter fraud in North Dakota.

There has been a widespread tightening of voter registration and Identification laws across the country. In Ohio, the Supreme Court upheld a law that authorized the purging of voters from voter rolls after 4 years of inactivity, a controversial vote for the state. Similarly, gerrymandering laws in Texas and North Carolina were upheld in June, allowing for districts to be designed to maximize the number of districts that vote for a certain party, in this case, Republican. Finally, New Hampshire passed restrictive residency laws in July, effectively disenfranchising the state’s thousands of out-of-state students. All of these laws mirror past tactics to  bar many of America’s low income, young, and minority adults from exercising their right to vote.

Media Resources: NPR 10/13/18; The Hill 10/11/18

2018 Women’s March Locations




City Where When Links
Mobile Public safety memorial park 2301 Airport Blvd, Mobile Alabama January 20 at 1 PM – 3 PM CST


Montgomery Alabama State Capitol

600 Dexter Avenue

Montgomery, AL 36104

January 20 2018 10:00am


Dothan KBC

151 N. Foster Street

Dothan, AL 36303

January 20 2018 10:00am




City Where When Links
Anchorage Delaney Park Strip

9th Avenue

Anchorage, AK 99501

Jan 20 at 10


Fairbanks Goldenheart Plaza

500 1st Ave

Fairbanks, AK 99701

Jan 20 at 12


Kodiak Kodiak High School

800 Rezanof

Kodiak, AK 99615

Jan 20 at 10


Valdez Corner of Fairbanks and Hazelet

354 Fairbanks Drive

Valdez, AK 99686

Jan 20 at 12




City Where When Links
Ajo Ajo Plaza

321 N. Taladro St.

Ajo, AZ 85321

Jan. 21 at 1


Casa Grande Peart Park, Casa Grande January 20 at 12 pm- 2 pm MST


Flagstaff Flagstaff City Hall

W Aspen Street

Flagstaff, AZ 86001

January 20 at 1 pm- 4 pm MST
Green Valley Corner of Esperanza & La Canada, Green Valley, AZ January 20 at 10 am- 12 pm MST


Phoenix Arizona Capitol Museum

1700 W Washington St

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Jan. 21 at 10


Payson US 87 Hwy next to the closed Wendy’s

513 S. Beeline Highway

Payson, AZ 85541

January 20 at 10


Prescott Prescott Courthouse Plaza

Gurley and Montezuma Sts.

Prescott, AZ 86301

January 20 at 12


Sedona Creative Gateways Gallery

45 Birch Blvd.

Sedona, AZ 86336

January 20 at 10


Tucson YWCA Southern Arizona

France McClelland Community Center

525 N Bonita Ave,

Tucson, Arizona

January 20 at 12 pm – 5 pm MST




City Where When Links
Little Rock Arkansas State Capitol


W Capitol Ave at S Pulaski Ave

1300 West Capitol Avenue

Little Rock, AR 72201


January 21, 2017

11 am- 1 pm CST


Fayetteville Fayetteville Town Center

15 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

January 20 at 12 pm – 2 pm CST




City Where When Links
Los Angeles DTLA Jan 20 9 AM


Oakland Oakland, CA Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 10 am


San Diego 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101-2415, United States Saturday, January 20 at 10 AM – 1 PM PST


Napa Valley Napa Valley Exposition

575 3rd St, Napa, California 94559

Saturday, January 20 at 10 AM – 1 PM PST


Visalia College of the Sequoias

915 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia, California 93277


Saturday, January 20 at 10 AM – 12 PM PST


Sacramento Southside Park

2115 6th Street, Sacramento, California 95818


Saturday, January 20 at 10 AM – 3 PM PST


Chico Chico Downtown Plaza

420 Main Street, Chico, California 95928

Saturday, January 20 at 10 AM – 3:30 PM PST


Bakersfield Central Park

Bakersfield, California 93301


Saturday, January 20 at 10 AM – 3 PM PST


Riverside Historic Riverside Courthouse (4050 Main St) Saturday, January 20 at 10 AM – 12 PM PST


Modesto Modesto, CA Saturday, January 20 at 10 AM – 2 PM PST


Seaside Otter Soccer Complex

4113 2nd Avenue, Seaside, California 93955


Saturday, January 20 at 10 AM – 3 PM PST


Walnut Creek Civic Park

1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, California 94596


Saturday, January 20 at 10:30 AM – 1 PM PST


San Francisco Civic Center

San Francisco, California 94102



Saturday, January 20 at 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM PST


Sanoma Sanoma Plaza



Saturday, January 20 at 12 PM PST
Santa Cruz Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, United States



January 20th at 12 PM




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Crested Butte TBD January 21 at 11 am- 2 pm


Denver Civic Center Park

Colfax and Bannock

Denver, CO 80203

January 20 at 9:30 – 4 pm MST


Grand Junction Lincoln Park

910 N. 12th St.

Grand Junction, CO 81501

Jan. 20 at 10 am – 12 pm MST


Colorado Springs 115 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 January 21 at 2 pm – 3:30 pm MST


Cortez Cortez City Park

803 E Montezuma Ave

Cortez, CO 81321

Jan. 20 at 10 am


Pueblo Old Pueblo Courthouse

215 W 10 St.

Pueblo, CO 81003

January 20 at 12 pm


Steamboat Springs Bud Werner Memorial Library

1289 Lincoln Ave

Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

January 20 at 10 am – 12 pm MST


Aspen Aspen Mtn to Paepcke Park

601 East Dean St

Aspen, CO 81611

Jan. 20 at 11 am


Gunnison TBD January 20th at 12 pm




City Where When Links
Hartford Connecticut State Capitol

210 Capitol Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106

January 20 at 1 pm – 3 pm




City Where When LINK
Newark Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark

420 Willa Road

Newark, DE 19711


January 20 at 9 AM-11 AM


Newark Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark

420 Willa Road

Newark, DE 19711

Mackinnon Hall

January 20 at 11 AM




Sussex County Lewes Public Library

111 Adams Avenue

Lewes, DE 19958


January 21 1 PM-4 PM




City Where When Links
Washington DC Lincoln Memorial / Reflecting Pool

Washington, DC

2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20024

January 20 11 AM-2 PM





City Where When Links
Jacksonville Jacksonville Landing

2 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32202

January 21 at 11 am- 3 pm


Melbourne Eau Gallie Causeway

State Road 518, Melbourne, Florida 32935

January 20 at 12 pm – 2pm


Miami MANA Wynwood

2250 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33127

January 21 at 11 am – 4 pm


Naples Cambier Park

Naples, Florida 34102

January 20 at 4 pm


Orlando Walt Disney Amphitheatre at Lake Eola Park

99 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801

January 21 at 11 am – 3 pm


Pensacola Plaza de Luna

900 S Palafox St, Pensacola, Florida 32502

January  20 at 10 am – 2 pm CST


St. Petersburg Williams Park

Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701

January 21 at 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm




City Where When Links
Atlanta The Bakery Atlanta

825 Warner St, Atlanta Georgia 30310

January 20 at 12 PM – 4 PM


Savannah Savannah Film Company

611 West Jones Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

January 21 at 9AM -5PM


Statesboro Sweetheart Circle

1332 Southern Drive

Statesboro, GA 30458

Jan. 21 at 2




City Where When Links
Hilo Mo’oheau Bandstand

Hilo, HI

January 20 at 12 pm- 3 pm


Honolulu Hawaii State Capitol

415 S Beretania St, Honolulu Hawaii 96813

January 20 at 10 am – 2 pm


Kailuna-Kona Hale Halawai O Halualoa

75-5760 Ali’i Dr, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740

January 21 at 1 pm-7 pm




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Boise Idaho State Capitol January 21 at 10 am- 1 pm




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Chicago 302 S Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60604,


January 20 at 11am


Carbondale Carbondale Civic Center

200 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, Illinois 62901


January 20 11am-5pm



Naperville Downtown Naperville

55 S. Main, Naperville, Illinois 60540

Sunday, January 21 at 1 PM CST
Next Week


Springfield Illinois State Capitol

401 S 2nd St, Springfield, Illinois 62701


Saturday, January 20 at 12 PM – 1 PM CST




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Indianapolis American Legion Mall

777 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

January 20th 12:00pm-4:00pm




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Des Moines, Iowa Iowa State Capital 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST


Dubuque, Iowa



Washington Park Gazebo Saturday, January 20 at 12 PM – 2 PM CST




City Where When Links
Topeka Kansas State Capital – south-steps plaza

SW 10th Ave, between SW Harrison St. and SW Jackson St

Topeka, KS 66612

Jan. 21 at 1


Wichita City Hall

455 N Main St

Wichita, KS 67202

January 20 at 11 am – 2 pm CST


Pittsburg In front of Russ Hall, PSU

South Broadway

Pittsburg, KS 66762

January 20 at 1 pm- 3 pm


Lawrence South Park

1141 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044

January 20 at 1 pm-3 pm




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Lexington Fayette Circuit Courthouse

120 N Limestone, Lexington, Kentucky 40507

January 20 at 2 pm- 3:30 pm





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New Orleans Duncan Plaza

1201 Perdido St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

January 20 at 12 pm-4 pm CST


Shreveport Bossier Caddo Parish Courthouse

501 Texas St, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

January 20 at 11 am-5 pm CST




City Where When Links
Portland SPACE Gallery

538 Congress Street

Portland , ME 04101

Jan. 21 at 3


Augusta Maine State House

Corner of State and Capitol Streets

Augusta, ME 04105

January 20 at 11


Bangor Pierce Memorial Park

125 Harlow Street

Bangor, ME 04401

January 20 at 11


Bar Harbor Bar Harbor Village Green

Village Green

Bar Harbor, ME 04609

January 20 at 12
Prospect Harbor Gouldsboro Town Office

59 Main St.

Prospect Harbor, ME 04669

January 20 at 4




City Where When Link
Annapolis Lawyers Mall

100 State Circle

Annapolis, MD 21401



January 20 11 AM-1 PM


Baltimore Permits Pending

War Memorial Plaza Rally with March to McKeldin Square


January 20 11 AM-2 PM



City Where When Links
Cambridge/Boston Cambridge Common Historic District Saturday, January 20 at 1 PM – 3 PM


Jamaica Plain Cambridge Common 1667 Massachusetts Ave. Canbridge, MA, Cambridge, Massachusetts Saturday, January 20 at 12 PM – 2 PM


New Bedford         Custom House Square 21 Barkers Lane New Bedford MA January 20th 2pm-3pm


Northampton Northampton, MA Saturday, January 20 at 11 AM – 1 PM

Next Week · 25–39°Sunny


Pittsfield Berkshire Theatre Group 111 South St, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201 January 20th 1:00pm-4:00pm




Charlton Arts & Activities Center• 4 Dresser Hill Road, Charlton, MA 01507

January 21 11am-1pm




City Where When Links
Adrian 301 N. Main St.  Adrian, MI 49221 January 20, 2018 1:00pm-3:00pm


Ann Arbor Outside the Federal Building on 5th and Liberty Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2 PM – 4 PM


Lansing 110 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48933 January 21 2018 2pm-5pm


Marquette 112 S 3rd St, Marquette, MI 49855, United States Jan 21st 1:00pm-3:00pm


Kalmazoo Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

January 21st 1:00pm-3:00pm


Farmington Hills 23666 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48336 January 21st 3:00pm-5:00pm


Midland Corner of Eastlawn and Saginaw

1015 S Saginaw

Midland, MI 48640

January 21st 2018


Douglas Beery Park

Corner of Center & Main

Douglas, MI 49406

January 21st 1pm


Great Rapids Rosa Parks Circle

135 Monroe Center St NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

January 21st 1pm


Holland Centennial Park

250 Central Ave

Holland, MI 49423

January 20th 12:00pm





City Where When Link
Bemidji The Sanford Center

1111 Event Center Dr NE, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601


January 20 at 11 am


St Paul Union Depot

214 4th Street East

Saint Paul, MN 55101

January 21st 3:30pm


Thief River Falls Thief River Falls City Hall

405 3rd St. E.

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

January 20 2:00pm


Morris Morris Senior Center

603 Oregon Ave

Morris, MN 56267

January 21 2018 1:00pm


Mankato Jackson Park

2nd Street

Mankato, MN 56001

January 20 11am


Rochester Peace Plaza

100 1st Ave SW

Rochester, MN 55903

January 20 2018 2:00pm


Caledonia The Wired Rooster Coffee Shop to discuss Election Issues & Candidates

131 E. Main Street

Caledonia, MN 55921

January 21 2018 12:00pm




City Where When Link
Jackson Mississippi State Capitol -South Steps

400 High Street

Jackson, MS 39201

January 20th 10am





City Where When Link
Billings Good Earth Market

3024 2nd Ave N, Billings, MT 5910

January 20 at 10 AM-12 PM


Missoula 131 S Higgins

Missoula, Montana

January 20 at 9 PM


Helena Helena Capitol Rotunda

1301 E 6th Avenue

Helena, MT 59601

January 20 12:00pm




City Where When Links
Howell County The Yellow House

209 W. Trish Knight Street, West Plains, MO 65775


January 20 at 2:00 pm


Springfield Sisters in Thyme

306 E. Commercial St.

Springfield, MO 65803

January 19 6:00 pm – January 20 10:00 pm


Columbia Courthouse Square

705 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201

Columbia, MO 65203

January 20 1:00 pm




City Where When Links
Lincoln University of Nebraska student union (1400 R Street) January 20 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Loup City TBD January 20 at 11 am


Omaha Downtown Omaha

1302 Farnam St.

Omaha, NE 68102

January 20 at 1




City Where When Links
Reno Bruce R Thompson Federal building

400 S Virginia St, Reno, Nevada 89501


Saturday, January 20 at 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PST


Las Vegas ReBAR

1225 S Main St, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104


Saturday, January 20 at 12 pm


Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium

7000 E Russell Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89122


Sunday, January 21 at 10 am




City Where When Links
Peterborough Peterborough Town House

1 Grove Street

Peterborough , NH 03458

January 21 at 12


Concord New Hampshire State House

107 North Main Street

Concord, NH 03303

January 20 at 9


Lancaster Great North Woods parking lot

25 Park Street

Lancaster, NH 03584

January 20 at 10


Portsmouth Market Square

Market Square

Portsmouth, NH 03801

January 20 at 1





City Where When Links
Ocean City Ocean City- 9th Street Park

901 Asbury Ave

Ocean City, NJ 08226

January 20 at 11


Leonia Leonia Middle School

Broad Ave

Leonia, NJ 07605

January 20 at 9:30



Morristown Morristown Town Hall

200 South Street

Morristown, NJ 07960


January 20, 2018

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM




City Where When  
Las Cruces Plaza de Las Cruces

Downtown Mall

Las Cruces, NM 88001

Jan. 21 at 1


Alburquerque Civic plaza

1 civic plaza NW

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Jan. 21 at 11


Santa Fe W DeVargas St

W De Vargas St

Santa Fe, NM 87505

Jan. 21 at 12


Truth of Consequences (Sierra County) Healing Waters Plaza Sierra County, NM Jan 20 1pm





City Where When Link
Albany West Capitol Park, State St, Albany, NY 12210 January 20 at 1 pm – 3 pm


Buffalo Buffalo City Hall

65 Niagara Sq, Buffalo, New York 14202

January 21 at 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm


Cobleskill TBD January 20 at 1 pm


Glens Falls Old Planned Parenthood at Warren and Oak, Glens Falls January 20 at 12 pm- 2 pm


Hudson 7th Street Park January 20 at 1 pm


Lewis Inez Milholland Grave, LEWIS cemetery January 20 at 11 am


Long Island 5141 Nesconset hwy (corner Rte 347 & Rte 112 Port Jefferson Station) January 20 at 12 pm- 3 pm


New York City Central Park West & 72nd January 20 at 11 am – 3 pm



Seneca Falls 136 Fall St, Seneca Falls, NY 13148-1517 January 20 at 10 am- 2 pm


Woodstock TBD January 20 at 11 am




City Where When Link


Halifax Mall

16 West Jones Street

Raleigh, NC 27601


January 20 9 AM-11 AM


Asheville Memorial Stadium (Asheville)

North Carolina 28801

January 20 at 11 am – 1 pm


Charlotte First Ward Park

E 8th St and N Brevard St, Charlotte, North Carolina

January 20 at 10 am-2 pm


Winston-Salem Corpening Plaza

200 W 1st st, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101

January 20 at 12 pm -3 pm


Hillsborough- Orange County Old Orange County Courthouse

100 East King Street

Hillsborough, NC 27278

January 20 at 3 pm




City Where When Link
Grand Forks


Empire Arts Center

415 Demers Ave, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201


Saturday, January 20 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM CST

Next Week


Fargo Fargo Civic Center Centennial Hall

207 4th St N

Fargo, ND 58102

January 20 2018 1:00pm




City Where When Links
Columbus Greater Columbus Convention Center

400 N High St

Columbus, OH 43215 United States

January 20 10:30 AM-1:30 AM


Cincinnati National Underground Way, CinRailroad Freedom Center

50 E Freedom Cincinnati 45202

January 20 at 12 pm- 4 pm


Dayton Courthouse Square, 3rd & Main Street, Dayton OH January 20 at 2 pm- 3 pm


Wooster Wooster Public Square Historic District

220 W Liberty St, Wooster, Ohio 44691

January 20 at 1 pm- 3 pm





City Where When Links
Coos Bay Coos Bay Boardwalk

Highway 101, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

January 20 at 12 pm – 1:30 pm


Corvallis Central City PArk

600 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis, Oregon 97333

January 20 at 1 pm


Eugene Federal Courthouse, 405 E. 8th Ave, Eugene January 20 at 1 pm – 3 pm


Grants Pass Riverside Park

300 E Park St, Grants Pass, Oregon 97527

January 20 at 10:30 am- 12:30 pm


Medford Hawthorne Park, Medford, Oregon January 20 at 11 am – 1 pm


Newport City Hall, City of Newport, 169 SW Coast Hwy, Newport, Oregon January 20 at 11:30 am- 1 pm


Rosebury NE Garden Valley Blvd, Roseburg, OR 97470 January 20 at 2 pm- 4 pm




City Where When Links
Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Capitol

2300 N Lincoln Blvd

Oklahoma City , OK 73111

January 20 at 11


Tulsa Guthrie Green

111 E Brady Street

Tulsa, OK 74103

January 20 at 1




City Where When Links
Philadelphia Benjamin Franklin Parkway January 20 10:30 AM-3 PM


Erie TBD January 21 at 1 pm – 2:30 pm


Sharon Downtown Sharon, PA January 20 at 12:00 pm – 3 pm




City Where When Links
Providence Rhode Island State House

82 Smith Street, Providence, Rhode Island

January 20 at 12 pm – 2 pm




City Where When Links
Charleston Brittlebank Park

176 Lockwood Blvd, Charleston, South Carolina 29403

January 20 at 12 pm -4 pm


Greenville Falls Park on the Reedy River

601 S Main St, Greenville, South Carolina 29601

January 20 at 12 pm – 2 pm


Myrtle Beach Anderson Park 2000 North Ocean Blvd Myrtle Beach January 20 at 11 am




City Where When Link
Sioux Falls Calvary Episcopal Cathedral, 500 S. Main January 20 at 9 a.m.



Rapid Falls Central High Shool, 433 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City SD January 20 at 10am



Pierre TBD January 20th 11am




City Where When Links
Nashville Bicentennial Mall Nashville Jan 20  at 8 am- 5 pm CST


Chattanooga Coolidge Park

150 River St, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405

January 20 at 11 am- 3 pm


Knoxville Historic Market Square, Knoxville

Market Square, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

January 21 at 1 pm – 4 pm


Loudon County Loudon County TBD January 20 at 10 am – 12 pm


Memphis First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper, Memphis TN January 20 at 10 am – 12 pm CST




City Where When Links
Houston Cistern / Water Works

105 Sabine Street

Houston, TX 77007

January 20 at 9:30


Fort Worth Courthouse, Weatherford Street

100 Weatherford,

Fort Worth, TX 76196

January 20 at 10


Brownsville Washington Park

700 E. Madison St.

Brownsville, TX 78520

January 20 at 4


Amarillo Elwood Park

1101 S. Washington St.

Amarillo , TX 79101

January 20 at 12


Beaumont Betty Smith Creative Arts

2485 Calder St.

Beaumont, TX 77702

January 20 at 11


Austin Texas State Capitol

West 13th Street

Austin, TX 78701

January 20 at 12


Waco Heritage Square

3rd and Austin Ave

Waco, TX 76701

January 20 at 12


Dallas Dallas City Hall Plaza

1500 Marilla St.

Dallas, TX 75201

Jan. 21 at 2



Dallas St. Paul United Methodist Church

1816 Routh St.

January 20 at 10 am


Dallas Fort Worth TBD January 21 at 2 pm – 6 pm


Denton Denton Courthouse Square

110 W. Hickory Street

Denton, TX 76201-4116

January 20 at 11


Wichita Falls Sikes Lake

2 Eureka Cir, Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Wichita Falls, TX 76301

January 20 at 10


Nacogdoches County Courthouse

208 W Pillar St, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961

January 20 at 10 am – 2 pm




City Where When Link
Salt Lake City City Park

400 Sullivan Rd

Park City, UT 84060

Jan. 20 at 10


Logan Historic cache county courthouse

199 N. Main Street

Logan, UT 84321

Jan 20 at 2:30




City Where When Links
Montpelier Montpelier City Hall

39 Main Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

January 20 at 1




City Where When Links
Roanoke 700 S Jefferson St, Roanoke, VA 24011 January 20 11 AM-4 PM


Richmond Martin’s in Carytown

3522 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

Richmond, VA 23221

Jan 20 at 9:30


Independence Historic 1908 Courthouse

107 E. Main Street

Independence, VA 24348

January 20, 2018 • 10:00 AM


Galax Diversity Center

101 E. Stuart Drive

Galax, VA 24333

January 20, 2018 • 12:30 PM


Hillsville Carter Pines Community Park Labyrinth

164 Carter Pines Lane

Hillsville, VA 24343

January 20, 2018 • 2:30 PM


Williamsburg Colonial Williamsburg

Duke of Gloucester Street

Williamsburg, VA 23188

January 20, 2018 • 3:00 PM


Norfolk Mermaid Statue in front of Nauticus

1 waterside drive

Norfolk, VA 23510

Jan 21 12:00pm





No marches taking place this year.



City Where When Link


St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church, Minocqua, Wisconsin

403 E Chicago Ave, Minocqua, Wisconsin 54548


January 20 11am-1pm



Milwaukee state-wide day of action with events in TBA TBA


Green Bay state-wide day of action with events in TBA TBA


Eau Claire state-wide day of action with events in TBA TBA









City Where When Link
Jackson Hole Home Ranch Visitor Center

Gill Street

Jackson, WY 83012

January 20, 2018 2pm


Cheyenne Cheyenne Depot Plaza

121 W 15th St, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001


January 20th 10am


Cody City Park

908 Sheridan Ave, Cody, Wyoming 82414


January 21st 2:00pm


Laramie Wyoming Art Party Studio at The Laramie Plains Civic Center

710 E Garfield St

Laramie, WY 82070

January 13th 12:00pm


Pinedale Rocky Mountain Bank parking lot

145 E. Pine St.

Pinedale, WY 82941

January 20th 11:30am



Afghan First Lady Discusses Women in Peacemaking

First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace last Wednesday to discuss the role of women in the peacemaking process. Women in Afghanistan have largely been left out of these conversations in the past, however, the First Lady stated that Afghan women, “are no longer going to wait for peace to fall in their laps. They’re going to work for it.”

Since her husband took office, Rula Ghani has been an advocate for women in Afghanistan. She has promoted education for girls and has worked to improve women’s representation in schools and within public offices. In her first speech as First Lady, Rula Ghani encouraged women to expand their roles and work outside of the home, an idea that 74 percent of Afghan people now agree with, a record high. In addition, a large majority of Afghans (80.7%) agree that women should have equal opportunities to men. But when women were asked to name the greatest challenge they face, 36.1 percent voiced concern over illiteracy and access to education.

After opening remarks by Nancy Lindburg, the President of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), First Lady Ghani elaborated on the importance of Afghan women having a voice in ending conflict, remarking, “I’m encouraging women to foster social peace in Afghanistan.” She discussed the positive outcomes of the Women’s Symposiums that have taken place across Afghanistan, which have provided women the opportunity to come together as Peacemakers and share their perspectives and experiences.

The United Nations says women play key roles in conflict and peace, but are often left out from peace negotiations. In the 31 of most important peace processes between 1992 and 2011, women made up less than 3 percent of chief mediators and 9 percent of negotiators. Women often play creative roles in preventing and resolving conflict as facilitators in re-building societies, caretakers of those affected by war, and influences to armed groups and civilians.

Following First Lady Ghani’s speech, she participated on a panel and was asked on more than one occasion how women can become more involved in promoting peace and conflict resolution. Additionally, First Lady Ghani spoke about whether men see women as peacemakers and as credible participants within the workforce, remarking, “Men are not necessarily against women in Afghanistan, though they have been portrayed like this.”

The panel recognized that there is still much progress to be made for women to be fully accepted as leaders and contributors striving for peace within Afghanistan. Recently, Masooma Muradi, the Governor of Daikundi, Afghanistan was removed from office after receiving continued opposition due to her gender. Muradi was the only female Governor in Afghanistan, and her position has now been filled by a man.

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) shared that during her experiences in Afghanistan, she witnessed the measures that women in the workforce must take to protect themselves. She shared that women working in law enforcement have recognized that wearing their uniforms on the way to and from work put them at risk of violence. As a result, they often wear street clothes during their commute.

While discussing the ongoing violence towards women, the panel discussed the importance of education as a method of prevention. Institutional changes would also provide improvements for women and creating safe spaces for them to share their experiences could help to empower women to speak up within their communities. Another crucial element to addressing violence against women would be providing access to information regarding ways of navigating the legal system to ensure that women receive fair treatment.

In closing, First Lady Ghani discussed her motivations. “Violence is the obstacle; we have learned to move on. The answer to all this violence is to create a country that is strong and unified and that is working for unity and peace.” She continued, “We need to carry on, that is the only way to stop the violence.”


Media Sources: USIP 2017, New York Times 10/14/14, The Washington Times 5/27/15; United Nations; Feminist Majority Foundation 10/10/17

Texas’s Dangerous Plan for Women Being Reviewed by Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is currently considering a waiver that would allow Texas to receive federal Medicaid family planning funds despite the state’s refusal to follow federal law by banning providers who offer abortion care, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving federal Medicaid family planning funds. Texas also wants HHS permission to impose dangerous and unlawful barriers that would jeopardize access to healthcare for minors and immigrants. People have until August 4 to submit comments to HHS.

Under federal law, Medicaid patients are supposed to be guaranteed the ability to receive medical services from any qualified person or institution that provides such care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as the courts, has consistently upheld this right, and forbidden states from defunding a provider simply because they offer a legal medical service, such as abortion.

Texas has already demonstrated that excluding qualified providers from the family planning network severely reduces low-income women’s access to care. Since 2011, the state has refused federal family planning money due to the fact that they would then be required to fund family planning clinics that offer abortion services. This decision cut Texas’s family planning budget by 66 percent. The results have been startling.

After ten years of stability, Texas’s maternal mortality rate almost doubled between 2010 and 2012. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology called the spike hard to explain “in the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval.”

Since 2011, 82 family planning clinics across Texas have been forced to close. Prior to the state’s draconian funding cuts, 60 percent of low-income Texas women accessed their healthcare through Planned Parenthood, and the majority of these women were redirected to state and charitable hospitals where the demand has overwhelmed their capacity to provide services. Last year, 26% of Texas women enrolled in Medicaid never received healthcare services from a covered provider, up from 10% in 2011. Between 2011 and 2015, prescriptions for birth control dropped 41%.

In addition to barring legal and qualified family planning providers, Texas is also seeking permission to require minors to receive parental approval for all medical treatments, including access to birth control, STD testing and other sensitive services.

Far from protecting minors, this policy could put them at greater risk. For example, over half of single, sexually active girls under age 18 surveyed in family planning health centers in Wisconsin reported that they would stop using all services if parental notification for birth control became mandatory. 99% of those girls indicated that despite stopping the use of birth control, they would continue to have sex.

Texas is also seeking federal approval to deny coverage to otherwise eligible Medicaid applicants should they not be able to confirm citizenship or immigration status within 30 days, or if they are currently enrolled and renewing, within 10 days. Under federal law, people otherwise eligible for Medicaid are allowed at least 90 days to verify their status. Texas’s proposal would create unreasonable administrative hurdles and delay or completely prevent coverage.

Despite Texas’s track record of having their anti-abortion laws stopped by federal courts and agencies, advocates are fearful that the new Secretary of HHS, Tom Price, will be sympathetic to their waiver request. As a Congressman, Price co-sponsored legislation that would make some forms of birth control illegal and voted repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood. During his confirmation hearing for HHS Secretary, Price refused to accept Congressional Budget Office data showing that in one year 400,000 women would lose access to all healthcare if Planned Parenthood were defunded. In addition, Texas frequently pushes the lie that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks, a false claim off which Price introduced multiple 20-week abortion bans in the House.

Click here to submit a comment to HHS.

Media Resources: Health Affairs Blog 7/18/17; Feminist Majority Foundation 8/31/16, 1/25/17; National Institute of Health 8/14/02;



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