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#EllevateYourself Twitter Chat with Carmen Perez of Women's March on Washington

Online • March 22, 2017


On January 21, over 5 Million people worldwide and over 1 Million in Washington, D.C., came to march, speak and make our voices heard. But it doesn’t end here.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Ellevate is thrilled to host Twitter Chats featuring inspiring women doing great things across the globe.

Please join us at 12PM EST on Wednesday, March 22nd to continue our Women’s History Month series for with a very special #EllevateYourself Twitter Chat featuring Carmen Perez (@msladyjustice1), National Co-Chair, Women’s March on Washington.

Carmen Perez has been an activist nearly her entire life. After the death of her 19 year-old sister when she was just 17, Carmen began to restore herself by dedicating her life to transforming the lives of young people. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology in 2001, Carmen was dedicated to the pursuit of advocating for young men and women, and providing comprehensive leadership training and opportunities for individuals in and out of the criminal justice system. Her work in Santa Cruz became well-known in the community and across the country. She created and supported the “Youth Summit” concept where young people came together to discuss solutions on serious topics such as drug and alcohol reform, detention alternatives, gangs, and violence. Recommendations that came out of the group discussion were often presented and adopted by community and state-wide policy makers throughout California.

In 2013, Carmen co-founded the taskforce Justice League NYC towards criminal justice reform. And in May of 2014, she had the opportunity to share her life’s work and delivered her 1st TEDx Talk inside Ironwood State Prison. In line with her history of criminal justice advocacy, Carmen co-chaired the March2Justice in 2015, a 250-mile journey on foot to deliver a justice package to end racial profiling, demilitarize police and demand the government invest in young people and communities of color. Two of the 3 federal bills that she marched with – to end racial profiling and stop the militarization of the police – were re-introduced within days of marchers’ arrival in DC. And the third bill, the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act, was re-authorized in the House and expected to pass the Senate the following year. Carmen’s most recent work is her role as the national co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington where over 5 million people across the globe marched in resistance of hatred and bigotry, affirming women of all identities’ rights as human beings. 

We’ll be discussing with Carmen how the Women’s March on Washington came to be, what comes next, and what it means for her to #TakeBackFeminism.

To participate in the session, just go to and search #EllevateYourself. From 12PM EST on Wednesday you will start to see our tweets back and forth with Carmen (@msladyjustice1).

Make sure you refresh the feed when you are on the page so that you get the tweets as they come in and don’t forget to tweet your own questions and comments and include the hashtag #EllevateYourself.

Please tweet your questions for Carmen in advance with #EllevateYourself and we’ll discuss. See you on Twitter!

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