Guiding Principles

 

A one-size-fits-all feminist movement that focuses only on the common ground between women leads to erasure rather than inclusivity. Upset and discomfort are predictable parts of this debate, and sometimes the truth is hard to confront, but the efforts are worth it to ensure that this march represents all of us. Acknowledging these moving parts makes our collective work stronger.

The Omaha Women’s March is steadfast in our commitment to centering marginalized voices. We operate on the principle of equality and inclusivity, and we are guided by the national organization’s unity principles.

We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We must create a society in which people are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments.

ENDING VIOLENCE

Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies. We believe in accountability and justice in cases of police brutality and ending racial profiling and targeting of communities of color. It is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the criminal justice system.


REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education. 


LGBTQIA RIGHTS

We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming people in our community and our country. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.


WORKERS’ RIGHTS

We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security and equity. All women should be paid equitably, with access to affordable child care, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, healthy work environments, and a living wage. All workers – including domestic and farm workers, sex workers, and undocumented and migrant workers - must have the right to organize and be heard.


CIVIL RIGHTS

We believe Civil Rights are our birthright, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability. We believe it is time for an all-inclusive Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  


DISABILITY RIGHTS

We believe that all women’s issues are issues faced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. As mothers, sisters, daughters, and contributing members of this great nation, we seek to break barriers to access, inclusion, independence, and the full enjoyment of citizenship at home and around the world. We strive to be fully included in and contribute to all aspects of American life, economy, and culture.


IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

Rooted in the promise of America’s call for huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we believe in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of status or country of origin.  We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.


ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed - especially at the risk of public safety and health.