AUGUSTA – After the inauguration of President Trump. Men, women and children across the country are coming together for the Women’s March. In the state of Maine, thousands gathered at the Maine State House in protest.
“I have a great deal of fear. It’s not once a week, it’s a constant fear,” said James Varner, the president and CEO of Maine Human Rights Coalition, “Right here in Maine I have that fear.”
“I am in fear for women’s rights, for my friends in the LGBTQ community,” said Sue Ellen Monaghan, an attendee “I have never had this fear.”
These were just some of the responses from people at the rally, who all carried signs and standing together for a cause they believe in.
“I believe everything that I have received and experienced in this life has brought me to this moment,” said Barbara Loring, an attendee, “Where I need to contribute with everyone here, on this planet who is dedicated to making the changes and asserting for the efforts to heal our society and culture – to treat each other with decency and to truly be aware and respond to the urgency and crisis that our world is in.”
Many fear their rights are going to be taken away, now that President Trump is in office.
“If it takes until the rest of our lives, we will do everything possible to honor this life that we have been given,” said Loring.
There were 5,000 people registered to attend the rally in Augusta. Little did they expect, 10,000, making this the largest Women’s March in the state.
“I was shocked about that,” said Monaghan, “I was like 10,000 people, it’s an amazing feeling to hear all of the speakers, everyone of them had courage to stand up in front of all of these people.”
This rally is taking a stand against, what some would say bigotry, hate and violence. But its true purpose is to connect community members together.
“It’s hard for me to understand how someone can deny something so visible right now,” said attendee, Kaya Pulz, “We as humans have the right to clean air, water and environment especially for the future generations.”
But while people are concerned, some are saying this is not the end.
“Listening to the inauguration speech, he did say a lot about people having a louder voice,” said Pulz, “I think if he continues to portray that, we can make a difference.”
And maybe with the peaceful protests. People can begin to mend strained relationships.
“We do have to find a way to reach out the people that we don’t agree with,” said Jessica Gorton, the organizer, “Like it or not, they are a part of this country too. We might not agree on everything.”