The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues, and creating entry points for new grassroots activists and organizers to engage in their local communities through training, outreach programs and events. On January 20, 2018, the National Women’s March held an Anniversary Day of Action event in Nevada, while local chapters throughout the country organized state-specific anniversary events.

The Wisconsin chapter held events in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Eau Claire. Lisa Jones was one of the speakers at the Milwaukee rally. She is a Lay Servant Minister within the United Methodist Church, and was at the rally representing UBLAC (Uplifting Black Liberation and Community). UBLAC works to equip, connect, and educate black communities with resources and opportunities that will help provide a sustainable environment free from oppressive systems.

During her speech, Lisa Jones spoke about the importance of getting involved in our communities, saying, “We all stand in a moment that calls us to get involved, to work for such a time as this. And each of us have that moment in time.”

She spoke about how the country has changed, and she could no longer stay on the sidelines. She included a message of hope on what can happen when women get involved, “We will birth a new vision for our country! The only thing stronger than fear is hope! We are on the frontlines for the soul of America. You, each and every one of you, whatever your context, you are a minister of hope for the next person you encounter, for the next woman that you encounter. Silence, inaction – no more. We are going to act.”

Watch a video of the speeches at the Milwaukee rally. Lisa Jones begins speaking at 37:45 in the video. If you are interested in learning more about UBLAC, watch the seminars from the event. UBLAC was the second presentation and begins around 35:30 in the video.