Media Alert: February 13, 2021

Diana Philip, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland



Maryland Gender Justice Rally on President’s Day

(Facebook @ProChoiceMD) On Monday, February 15, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. supporters will gather for a virtual rally to urge for the passage of progressive legislation pending in the Maryland General Assembly seeking to protect and advance gender-based rights. Delegate Nicole Williams (D22) is serving as the legislative co-host this year.  Several organizations have co-sponsored the event to raise awareness of bills supporting reproductive justice, healthy families, and economic security, as well as against gender-based violence, discrimination, and oppression affecting women, girls, and the LGBTQ+ community.  Legislators and advocates will be speaking.


Rally sponsors include: NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, Planned Parenthood of Maryland, FreeState Justice, Maryland National Organization for Women (MDNOW), Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA), Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV), Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW), Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Baltimore Women United, Whole Woman’s Health of Baltimore, Reproductive Justice Inside, March on Maryland, Maryland Justice Project, ACLU of Maryland, CASA de Maryland, WISE of Anne Arundel County, Maryland Family Network, and more.


What: Maryland Gender Justice Rally

When: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., February 15, 2021


Who: (currently scheduled): Maryland Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones, Del. Nicole Williams, Sen. Susan Lee, Sen. Mary Washington, Sen. Shelly Hettleman, Del. Wanika Fisher, Del. Jheanelle Wilkins, Del. Kirill Reznik, Del. Kris Valderrama, Del. Dana Jones, Del. Robbyn Lewis, Del. Gabe Acevero, Del. Lesley Lopez, Del. Emily Shetty, Del. Julie Palakovich-Carr, Del. Michele Guyton, Del. Lily Qi, Diana Philip – NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, Carlita Brown – Maryland Justice Project, Kimberly Haven – Reproductive Justice Inside, Riya Seth – MD National Organization for Women, Eve Hurwitz – March on Maryland, Jeremy LaMaster – FreeState Justice, Ana Rodney – MOMCares, Myles Hicks – Maryland Family Network, Shanetta Martin – Advocates for Children and Youth, Cathryn Paul – CASA de Maryland, Staci Hartwell – Maryland State Conference of the NAACP, Joe Spielberger – American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, and Melanie Shapiro – Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.

Why: In response to current threats to gender-based protections, and in support of addressing long-ignored rights of women, girls, and the LGBTQ+ community.


For an updated list of speakers and bills, visit

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