The #Our100 movement stemmed from a weeklong advocacy effort by members of Black Lives Matter, Demos, Forward Together and the National Domestic Workers Alliance to increase awareness about women-led organizing prior to the election. The weeklong effort resulted in the #Our100 pledge, as well as other advocacy actions around the country, according to a press release.
For #Our100, women of color will come together over four days in New York City. According to a press release, the 100 hours are a kickoff event to demand accountability from public officials and advocate for an anti-hate agenda, including support for Black Lives Matter, immigration reform and ending rape culture. In addition, #Our100 leaders this week intend to release polling data on women of color voters and publish an open letter to the country via several national publications.
Rewire reports that thousands will mobilize nationwide as part of the effort.
Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and an organizer of #Our100, said, "Women of color-led coalitions are coming together in the first 100 hours after electing a new president to support an agenda for Black lives, immigrants, Muslims, Latinas ... against rape culture and a sexist, racist, xenophobic policy." She added, "We have a lot more work to do, to build the America we deserve. But we are strong, determined, and we are just getting started."
Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, vice president of Demos and a survivor of sexual assault, in a statement said, "We are women who lead organizations, work in Hollywood, teach in our universities, women who are ordained faith leaders, who run large businesses; women who are mothers, who take care of our land and our elders. We came together across our differences to write this letter to our fellow Americans because we know we can, and must, do better. We need a nation that does right by women. Because when women of color are doing well, when Black and Muslim and Indigenous women in particular are doing well -- this whole country will be well" (Guha, Rewire, 11/9).