**DAILY DO’S – WEDNESDAY 6PM EDITION*** Wendi Lindquist
Welcome to March! There’s a lot exciting stuff happening this month, from the Black Lives Matter March on Saturday (https://www.facebook.com/events/1753384258314018/) to International Women’s Day next week (check out the “do” below). We anticipate a lot going on in Olympia and DC as well. I’m still bracing myself for the replacement executive order, although I look forward to hearing what Attorney General Bob Ferguson has to say on the issue.
In the coming weeks, the Do’s Team will also continue to introduce you to a number of great women, African Americans, and other individuals who have been overlooked for their past or current accomplishments. But tonight’s dos are all about events and actions for good causes.
1. First up, did you know today is R-word Day? It’s not a cake day event (well, that is unless you want to be, I’m not going to deny anyone cake or pie), but rather an opportunity to call attention to the use of the “r” word or “retard(ed).” Take a moment to read up on why it’s important to drop the “r” word from our vocabulary (http://www.r-word.org) then click on the “Pledge and Be Heard” button to make your pledge to use respectful language.
#Bonus, interested in taking action? The R-Word folks have put together a number of other things you can do to help change our language for the better. http://www.r-word.org/r-word-take-action.aspx
2. On March 8, 2017, in honor of International Woman's Day, women all over the world will participate in A Day Without a Woman, a grassroots activism campaign designed to illustrate the importance of women in all facets of life. With the incredible success of last month's Women's March(es), we have a real chance to keep our momentum going with this event.
If you'd like to participate, you can do so in a variety of ways.
• Take part in one of the virtual marches scheduled for that day.
• Take the day off from work (paid or volunteer).
• Avoid shopping (unless you can patronize woman- or minority-owned businesses).
• Wear the color red to show your allegiance to the cause. (Purple is okay, because it’s the traditional color of International Women’s Day.)
So what do you plan to do on "A Day without a Woman"? What will this look like for you?
We want to encourage people of all genders to choose to do something to make this day meaningful. Please post you plans in the comments. If you hear of or create any community activities, please post those as well.
To read more, visit https://www.womensmarch.com/womensday/
3. Mark your calendars to show solidarity for the people of Standing Rock at upcoming marches and rallies.
The March 10th event at Westlake in Seattle has been organized by local Indigenous grassroots leadership in solidarity with the "Rise with Standing Rock" march on Washington D.C. (and many other cities). https://www.facebook.com/events/2341712712636120
On March 11, there will be a similar rally at the state capitol in Olympia.
Know of another Standing Rock solidarity event? Share in the comments.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
Liz Bander - writer
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