Convention 2018 Recap
When women-identified folx come together, the possibilities are limitless. Platform’s 2018 Convention was an example of just that. From July 14-16, 85 young women-identified leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., to make sure their voices are heard in the rooms where decisions about our bodies, lives, and futures are made. Over the course of three days we were able to learn and collaborate with each other, and turn those meaningful conversations into action.
The weekend kicked off with six powerful policy workshops led by experts in the field and experts in their own lives. Our panelists shared their professional and personal knowledge of immigration rights, gun violence prevention, sexual violence prevention, economic justice, ending racial profiling and criminalization, and reproductive justice so our delegates could have a better understanding of the issues that matter to them. The panelists broke down the intersections of each of these issues, and delegates were able to think about the policies and identities left out of the existing framework as we went into day two.
Momentum didn’t slow on day two—it only accelerated. Delegates were able to dive right into developing the points they wanted to see in our final legislative agenda with the words of our inspirational speakers ringing in their ears. Our Keynote Speaker Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry encouraged us to ask what truths are missing as we navigate this space of activism and politics. Her words—and those of all our captivating speakers—motivated us to have the tough conversations necessary to truly make the changes we want to see.
On Monday morning we were able to march into our 31 congressional meetings on Capitol Hill, on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers, with an agenda to hold our elected officials accountable for preserving, protecting, and respecting the humanity, equality, identity, and rights of each person. Our delegates traveled from across the country to meet their lawmakers in Washington, and ask them to work on ending racial profiling and the criminalization of women and girls-identified people of color, protecting immigrants’ rights and opportunities, ensuring economic justice for all women-identified people, ending sexual violence and providing protection for all survivors, putting an end to gun violence, and providing access to and protection of our reproductive justice.
We look forward to continuing the work with the community formed that weekend and battling alongside them in this fight for justice and equality.
Offices We Met With
Senators Doug Jones (AL), Richard Shelby (AL), Kamala Harris (CA), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Ben Cardin (MD), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Tina Smith (MN), Richard Burr (NC), Cory Booker (NJ), Bob Menendez (NJ), Chuck Schumer (NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Sherrod Brown (OH), Maria Cantwell (WA), Patty Murray (WA).
Representatives Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Stephanie Murphy (FL-7), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Katherine Clark (MA-5), Dave Trott (MI-11), Tom Emmer (MN-6), George Holding (NC-02) Frank Pallone (NJ-6), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Grace Meng (NY-6), Nydia Velázquez (NY-7), Tom Reed (NY-23), Joyce Beatty (OH-3), Beto O’Rourke (TX-16), Pramila Jayapal (WA-7).
Testimonials from Convention 2018
“The Platform Convention inspired me to not just educate myself, but take action and get involved with the issues that effect women everywhere. I met fierce, strong, fabulous women who encouraged and accepted me. I was able to use my voice to share what I am passionate about and use my ears to listen to the women who are working for a better future for all. I have never felt more empowered to take on the world, and I have the women of Platform to thank for that!”- Danielle, OH
“I had such an amazing time at this convention. I truly felt the power of all of the wonderful women who attended or were speakers. I recognized and accepted that I am beyond capable of bringing the changes I want to see in the world and in my community; my voice is not small or insignificant if I do not want it to be and I am a force to be acknowledged and respected.”- Jada, CT
“My experience at the Platform Womxn Convention was extremely welcoming and intriguing. I have attended various conventions on topics such as higher education, diversity, and lobbying. The Platform Womxn Convention was very distinct because I had never been in an atmosphere that was so inclusive and empowering to womxn. The energy from the Keynote Speaker, workshops, the Platform Womxn, and womxn attending the convention were inviting. Although, the convention was about lobbying for womxn’s rights the unity of ideas from different states and even different countries from all walks of life of womxn was something I had never experienced before… I also got to lobby the legislative assistant of Kamala Harris which is a once in a lifetime experience that I thank the convention floor. The convention allowed me to meet amazing womxn from all walks of life and truly become friends through lobbying for our own rights. ‘Our bodies, our lives, and our futures’ were truly heard at the convention. I know anyone attending would benefit from friendships, experiences, and professional connections like no other convention have catered to young womxn like myself.”- Nataly, CA