[JK: I received this from Michele Madigan]
Why I marched at the Women’s March in Washington with family, friends, and women from around the world.
I was proud on January 21, 2017 to stand among millions of women, men, and even some children from around the world in peaceful demonstrations to support issues of equality, healthcare, a free press, science, environmental protections, our public schools, facts, social progress and so much more. There wasn’t any one particular issue that I marched for, but for our great country and for democratic civic engagement. I should point out that this wasn’t my first march in DC. I could be found supporting many of these same issues in 1992 on my first bus trip to Washington DC with one of the very same women I traveled with in 2017, my cousin and close friend Susan Kirby-LeMon. I’ve always been a woman of action and this is what prompted me to run for local office here in Saratoga Springs. I’ll never apologize for dissenting, organizing and protesting peacefully for issues I feel strongly about.
There are many reasons why people from all over the world felt the need to march and protest yesterday. For me it wasn’t an anti-Trump rally; however, his harmful rhetoric and proposals on the campaign trail certainly give me grave concern and contributed to my feeling such a strong need to march again in DC.
At the end of the Women’s March, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of community and solidarity with my fellow Americans, New Yorkers, my local community, my new bus friends, and my Congressman, Paul Tonko who marched yesterday. We all just felt really good about the day and our accomplishment in being there in unity with one another. It was a peaceful and beautiful day to March.
Many thanks to John Kaufmann for the offer to document the day with pictures and now my thoughts. A final picture that I have been saving sums up why I went and it is my very favorite picture of the day – that’s right “Never Trust a Man Who has Never Owned a Dog” (I kid) – it’s all about the GIRL POWER: