Current: When and how did the SA March begin?
Warren: This year will be the 23rd annual in San Antonio. I think it was first San Antonio march was organized in the same manner as it is now: a group of women activists and community organizers and community groups coming together to do something to empower themselves and bring attention to issues affecting women.
Current: Who runs the SA Women's March and what do they do the other 364 days of the year?
Warren: The IWD March is organized by The International Woman's Day March Planning Committee. This committee is a community group that is made up of individual organizers, activists, community groups whose mission includes social justice issues, non-profit art, cultural and community organizations like Fuerza Unida, P.E.A.C.E. Initiative and many more. The IWD Planning Committee is a collaboration and collective of mujeres and community groups. No one organization in charge. We, as a collective Planning Committee, make decisions and organize the march as a community, volunteer effort.
Current: What is the purpose of International Women's Day, in your opinion?
Warren: The purpose is for community to come together to not only celebrate the women in their lives, but also for women to come together, support each other and raise their collective voice about issues that affect women everyday. Everyone has women in their lives, so women's issues are community issues and there are a lot of issues that need attention. The purpose is to show others that we are here and we are organizing, and sharing our stories and making change for better lives, to stop violence against women, to keep control of our own bodies and make our own choices, to fight sexism, unfair wages, homophobia and much more!
Current: What are some goals/barriers left to knock down for women in this day and age?
Warren: We are still making less money than our male counterparts. We are still fighting to keep laws off and out of our bodies and to keep our choice with reproductive rights. We live in a society that looks to blame women when they are victims of domestic violence and rape. U.S. culture and the media continue to tell women who they should be, how they should act, how they should look and so on. We must continue to empower ourselves to be ourselves and truly love ourselves for who we are.
Current: Who are some inspirational/strong San Antonio women who you look up to/are inspired by?
Warren: Of course, I'm definitely inspired by some of my elders that have been around working towards social justice for years here in San Antonio, like Petra Mata and Viola Cassares of Fuerza Unida and also by Maria Berriozabal. But I'm also really inspired by the women that I've worked right next to over the last several years organizing the woman's day march, organizing actions in solidarity with Palestine, organizing against nuclear energy, organizing in support of Planned Parenthood and many other issues. In this hard work towards positive progressive change, I feel really lucky to be part of a community of fierce sisters that have stuck together, challenged each other, made mistakes together, laughed and cried together, had sleepless nights working together preparing for an action or event, but have learned so much from each other because of the respect and love we have for each other in this community of bad ass, queer, young & older, women of color working towards change in this city. In celebration of this year's International Woman's Day and to show my appreciateion for the women that inspire me, I'm posting artistic photos on my facebook that I created of many San Antonio women that inspire me. My photo series is called Fearless in Our Queerness!
Current: Is International Women's Day only for women?
Warren: Not at all, it's for everyone! There are women in everyone's lives so it's also a day for men and everyone to support and celebrate the women in their life.
Current: What's your motto?
Warren: The Revolution never sleeps, so I encourage you to always find ways to influence and motivate others towards progressive social change through organizing, building relationships, spreading positive truth and education, creating art and sharing your struggles and stories!
Current: What are some ways that people can celebrate and support women in their everyday lives here in San Antonio?
Warren: Don't be afraid to call out injustices towards women where ever you go. Learn what feminism really is. Encourage others, especially men, to support the march and then tell others why they support the march. Join a group that works to end violence against women. Make some art that tells a story of support for women!