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Birmingham Women’s March draws activists, local groups

Dozens of people attended the Birmingham Women’s March on the city’s west side Saturday morning to march for equality and learn about resources available for women’s wellness.

The march began at 11 a.

m., starting and ending at Parker High School.

Gun control groups, Planned Parenthood, and other women’s health organizations were stationed outside the school at informational booths, and the march was followed by several sessions on race, wellness, sexuality, and economic health. The sessions were free to the public.

An LGBTQ group dedicated to people of color organized the march to center the event on women’s wellness and working to connect black women with resources for mental and physical health. One of the march’s organizers, Tori Wolfe-Sisson, said she wanted to see inclusion in the national women’s events and particularly in Birmingham’s march.

Wolfe-Sisson said the inclusive march was set up in response to both the Thanksgiving night shooting of Emantic “E.J.

” Bradford and the controversy over Angela Davis earlier this year.

She said the march happened at Parker High School because of its proximity to both the Smithfield community and “Dynamite Hill,” where Davis and other civil rights leaders hailed from.

The local chapter of Moms Demand Action was one group set up to talk to marchers outside the high school. Alabama chapter leader Dana Ellis said the group supports the Second Amendment but advocates for “common sense solutions” to gun violence, like enforcing background checks for all firearm sales and ensuring all parents safely store guns where children can’t have access to them.

There are 10 local chapters of Moms Demand Action across Alabama.

Be Smart, a campaign of Moms Demand Action, was also stationed outside Parker to teach parents how to reduce child gun deaths.

Some of the other groups at the event included AIDS Alabama, Planned Parenthood, the Yellowhammer Fund, and Birthwell Partners Community Doula Project.

Amanda Reyes, President of the Yellowhammer Fund, said the nonprofit group funds abortion procedures across Alabama and seeks to disseminate important information on pregnancy to women who may not have access to it.

Dalia Abrams, Exec. Director of Program Operations and doula trainer for Birthwell, said her group was set up Saturday to inform women on what services doulas can provide and their impact on pregnant women’s health.

There was also a booth for voter registration.

Wolfe-Sisson said she hopes the event will encourage more women to have conversations about their healthcare and wellness and inspire communities to take action.

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