Many women in Connecticut overall and women nationwide are making the trek to Washington, D.C. today (Saturday) to take part and show support for the Women’s March on Washington. Their passionate desire to support women’s rights, their desire to show support for human rights, and their concern with the impact of a Donald Trump administration on the future of the United States are among the driving forces motivating these women to march in Washington, D.C.
According to the event's website at www.womensmarch.com and Facebook event page at http://bit.ly/2eKDgj2, the rally is a way to "send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights." Combined, as of Monday 377 “sister” marches will be held in each state and throughout the world on the same day, including the Connecticut Women’s March scheduled to be held in Stamford and rally in Hartford.
According to the event's website, over 1,800 buses nationally have asked for parking permits and have committed to going to the event in Washington, D.C. Amtrak is booked up as well.
Earlier this week five women from Cheshire who are also CDTC members - former Cheshire Town Councilor Diane Visconti, Kerrie Dunne, Cheshire Board of Education member Anne Harrigan, Renee Barley and Connie Catrone - sat down for a round table discussion to discuss why they are marching in Washington,D.C. today. If you missed it, check out their story at this link - http://bit.ly/2ivls24 .
When Dunne, Barley and Harrigan arrived in Washington, D.C. this morning they met up with U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty of Cheshire. Esty and other Connecticut Democrat U.S. representatives plan to host a reception later today for all Connecticut people marching in Washington. Later in the afternoon, Barley and Harrigan also met up with comedian and The Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper.
Visconti, Dunne, Harrigan, Barley and Catrone and others from Cheshire will be sharing their experiences and emailing this blogger with photos from their march and rally. Photos will be added to the above slideshow throughout the day.
Others from Cheshire marching in Washington D.C.today are Elizabeth Morin and a large group of women from Temple Beth David, including Cheshire Board of Education member Marlena Soble.
CDTC Policy Committee chairwoman Judith Slisz and her daughter Rebecca are in Boston, Massachusetts today taking part in marches and rallies there to take part in that city's Women's March On Washington event.
Check back here throughout the day for photo/info updates.