The organizer behind the Women’s March are back in action this weekend, set to host the first national Women’s Convention from Oct. 26 through Oct. 29, in Detroit. The goal is to unite thousands of leaders activists to talk strategy in workshops and panels in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections in November.
The theme of the weekend is “Reclaiming My Time," a nod to Rep. Maxine Waters’s viral video from earlier this year, in which the democratic representative shut down Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a House Financial Services Committee meeting when he tried to evade her pointed question about Trump’s financial ties to Russia. Waters didn't let him off the hook.
According to the Women’s Convention website, the group's main objective is “liberation for women of all races, ethnicities, ages, disabilities, sexual identities, gender expressions, immigration statuses, religious faiths, and economic statuses.” There will be sessions led by organizations likePlanned Parenthood (“Reclaiming Our Time and Our Bodies: Achieving Reproductive Freedom for All”), the NRDC Action Fund (“Nevertheless We Persisted: Women and the Fight for Clean Water, From Flint to Puerto Rico”), and Emily’s List (“Run to Win”).
Featured individual speakers include actress Amber Tamblyn, disability rights activist Colleen Flanagan, actress Rose McGowan (who will be publicly speaking for the first time since the Harvey Weinstein allegations), and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Earlier this month, organizers came under fire from participants and even sponsors, including executives from Emily’s List, for offering a prominent speaking slot to Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders.
Several critics, like Emily’s List president Stephanie Schricock, took to Twitter to share their disappointment that a man was chosen to speak when there are so many women in elected office to choose from. Schricock added, “We ARE leading in the Senate. This is a moment to highlight them.”
To which organizer Tamika Mallory responded on Twitter:
Tension has now died down, especially after Sanders announced recently that he will be heading to Puerto Rico to meet with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz instead of the convention.
General admission for the weekend will cost $295 per person ($125 for kids and students). Single day tickets will run $125 for Friday or Saturday and $75 for Sunday.