This rally will mark the anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March. For Rally instructions, click here.

Heritage Square | 3rd St. & Austin Ave. | Waco, Texas 76706
Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (CST)

Together, in our own hometown of Waco, TX, we will celebrate 2017 achievements and focus on future goals. We have a vision of the future for ourselves and our families. Come join us and learn how you can act locally to make that vision a reality!

On January 21, 2017, Women’s Marches occurred all over the world. They involved the peaceful gathering of between 3 and 5 million people across the United States, and over 5 million worldwide.

Prepare to attend:

  1. Help us manage the event by getting a free ticket here.
  2. Donate to help us make this event a success here.
  3. Read about the Women’s March and its mission here.

There will be local speakers, music, camaraderie, and an after-party at Klassy Glass.

Speakers include:

  • Berkeley Schleicher Anderson
  • Kris Cervantes
  • Rev. Charley Garrison
  • Bill Gaventa
  • Mely Gelan
  • Dr. Peaches Henry
  • Alan Northcutt
  • Dr. Iliana Neumann
  • Dale Mantey – US Rep TX17
  • Katherine Turner-Pearson – 2018 TX House District 56 Candidate
  • Marianne Arnold – 2018 TX House District 12 Candidate
  • Rick Kennedy – US Rep, District 17
  • Chris Miller – TX Rep, District 12

Music by:

  • Beth Ullman
  • Lee Van Wagner

Participant Bios:

Berkeley (Schleicher) Anderson grew up volunteering on school board, Justice of the Peace, Sheriff, and congressional campaigns in Waco. She served as the executive director of the McLennan County Democratic Party during the summer of 2010 before moving to Arkansas to pursue her master’s degree at the Clinton School of Public Service. She was one of three organizers for the racial unity Response to Charlottesville. She volunteers her time with the Hutto immigrant detention center visitation program through Waco Immigrants Alliance. Berkeley currently teaches teens and the community about healthy relationships and preventing dating violence through presentations, advocacy, and events.

Pastor Kris Cervantes, a Waco native, is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waco, a progressive faith community of shared values and diverse creeds. She will complete her Masters of Divinity this May with a certificate in Sexual and Gender Justice. She studies at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, where she is a Walker Preaching Scholar and secretary of the Brite Student Association.

Rev. Charley Garrison has been the pastor of Central Texas Metropolitan Community Church since 1999. As a lifelong advocate for LGBT rights, he and his church are committed to providing a safe and affirming space for LGBT people, as well as speaking out for the rights of others who find themselves standing on the margins of society.

Bill Gaventa’s expertise is providing spiritual and faith-based support to people with disabilities, training for clergy, seminarians and community services staff, aging and end of life/grief issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities, cultural competence, and community building. He is currently the Director of the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability and the new Collaborative on Faith and Disability. Bill’s book, Spirituality and Disability: Recovering Wholeness, will be published in the spring of 2018 by Baylor Press.

Mely Gelan is a 22-year-old student at MCC studying social work, a DACA recipient, and mother of three beautiful children. This year she organized a campaign to stop her father’s deportation, launching a petition alongside the Waco Immigrants Alliance that has garnered over 21,000 signatures nationwide. Melan wants to be a part of positive change – starting here in her own hometown.

Dr. Peaches Henry is a professor at McLennan Community College where she teaches composition and British literature. She is the president of the Waco NAACP. In 2013, she founded the Project VIER Coalition which brings together area organizations which have a similar mission to the NAACP’s. Dr. Henry is a member of the Waco Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a member of the Gamma Upsilon chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, an educational sorority.

Alan Northcutt trained at former Vice President Gore’s Climate Leadership Corps and is the Director of the Waco Friends of Peace and Climate. This local group works for peace and justice through education and non-violent activism. Alan is a practicing physician and has performed volunteer pathology work in Kenya over the past 17 years.

Dr. Iliana Neumann is a physician at Family Health Center which provides access to affordable, quality health care for the people of Waco and the surrounding communities. Her mother emigrated from Mexico to provide her children with an opportunity for a better life. Iliana has devoted her life to the service of vulnerable populations with a special interest in women and children and Latino Health.

Beth Ullman is a Singer/songwriter. She started singing jazz in Austin 30 years ago and has been named Best Jazz Singer by the Austin Critic’s Poll, had album of the year on Austin’s public radio station KUT, and has sung for Disney Films. She’s been on the Music Industry Careers faculty at McLennan Community College for 23 years.