The Young Democrats of Massachusetts, the official youth organization for Democrats in Massachusetts, participated in the Women’s March for America on Saturday, January 21, with members of the organization at both the main event in Washington, D.C. and its sister event in Boston.
At their recent meeting, the board of directors of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts passed a resolution with unanimous consent in support of the Women’s March for America, a non-partisan event to show “solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation.” The YDMA Women’s Caucus was an official community partner for the Boston march.
“The incoming administration is led by a man who has repeatedly bragged about sexually assaulting women and has been accused repeatedly of doing so. This is not the America that we want for our daughters and sons to grow up in,” said Matthew Murray, chair of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts. “YDMA is proud to march here in Boston alongside our Women’s Caucus and tens of thousands of women and men from around the Commonwealth.”
Emily Stetson, YDMA At-Large board member, attended the primary march in Washington, D.C., with approximately 500,000 men and women from across the country.
“One moment that really stuck for me was when a woman standing nearby knelt down next to her young daughter who had accompanied her to the march and said, ‘This is not just our resistance; it’s your revolution,’” said Stetson. “I know that little girl is going to come out of the march with a renewed sense of self worth, and lead the charge for change.”
Murray stated that the Young Democrats of Massachusetts look forward to helping to organize across the Commonwealth over the next four years, saying, “This fight is just beginning. It doesn’t end with this march. YDMA will continue to organize and fight for the rights of Bay Staters and for the values that we believe in.”
“The march got the official momentum going, but if there’s anything I learned, it’s that we need to come back tomorrow, and the next, and the next day, and continue to make our voices heard in any way we can,” added Stetson. “Especially as a youth organization, and as the next generation of leadership, we have a responsibility to carry these ideals until they become a reality, and continue to support them long after they are realized by our institutions.”