FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2018
Contact: Aileen Berquist
MARCH ON Expands Operation Marching Orders with Spanish-Language Poll
Washington, DC – MARCH ON’s Spanish version of the Operation Marching Orders poll goes live today as we broaden our efforts to crowdsource our political platform through AI-mediated technology and input from people across the country. To ensure that the results of the crowdsourcing initiative represent the spectrum of diverse opinion on issues that will drive our agenda, MARCH ON is reaching out through a digital campaign asking supporters to amplify the Spanish language poll through their friends and communities. Earlier, MARCH ON announced that it is partnering with other major resistance and progressive organizations to promote Operation Marching Orders. Partners include Act Local, A Women’s Thing, ART NOT WAR, BRAT PAC, Creative Caucus, Democracy in Color, Feminist Majority, Humanity for Progress, OkayPlayer, Pantsuit Nation, Rock the Vote, Swing Left, The Pussyhat Project, #VoteProChoice, VoteRunLead, YVote and organizations within the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
“We have a huge groundswell of energy from the marchroots in this country and MARCH ON has a concrete target for that enthusiasm: elections. But if we want to effectively harness the energy of the movement, then we need to make sure we are taking our orders from them. And with over 37 million people in the United States speaking Spanish at home, making the poll available in Spanish will ensure we hear their marching orders as well,” said MARCH ON Executive Director Vanessa Wruble. “That’s why Operation Marching Orders is unique—it really puts the people in the driver’s seat of this movement. And once we have crowdsourced our platform, we will be ready to give our politicians their marching orders.”
During the #WeekendOfWomen more than 1.5 million people participated in marches and rallies across the country—proving that one year after the historic women’s marches the movement is still going strong. MARCH ON is harnessing that massive amount of energy and determination to make positive change as it turns its attention toward the midterms. Just days into MARCH ON’s signature Operation Marching Orders initiative, almost 5,000 participants had cast 400,000 individual votes on wide-ranging issues, including access to health care, racial equity, protections for trans youth, and a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.
MARCH ON is a new political organization comprised of women-led political activist groups that grew out of the women’s marches of January 21, 2017. They have come together as a united force to take concrete, coordinated actions at the federal, state, and local levels to impact elections and take our country in a better direction. Recently, MARCH ON was actively involved in the Virginia elections and the Special Election in Alabama through affiliates and strategic partner organizations. MARCH ON is not affiliated with Women’s March, Inc.