Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:49

Mainers join Women's March on Washington as way to have voices heard Featured

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BANGOR - Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President on Friday. But some Mainers are deciding to participate in the political process in a bit of a different way.

Instead, some Mainers will be meeting with family, friends and neighbors to attend the Women's March on Washington. The march will be held this Saturday, as a way for some to express their concerns, whether they stem from a person's sexuality or an experience in their past.

 

Marchers say important issues include health insurance, equal pay and same sex marriage.

 

The march was organized the day after the presidential election, but those marching say they aren't trying to disrespect the office of the presidency.

 

"I think this march would have been important no matter who had been elected, honestly," says Clare Davitt, who is planning to march, "to show that we are here and there are literally hundreds of thousands of people who are gathering in D.C., not to mention around the country and the world, who stand for a lot of things together."

 

"My four days in Washington, D.C. are not about Donald Trump," says Susan Brown, who will also be marching.

 

Some Mainers are planning to travel to D.C. and march together. Others are planning to walk with organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. 

 

More than 200,000 people are expected to attend. That doesn't include the hundreds of "sister marches" being held in cities across the country this Saturday, including in Augusta.

National News