Group of 50 marchers

Name: Nancy fried
Why I Am Joining The March : I’m totally against the nomination of Donald Trump. He’s a wicked man who will ruin our country with no love for women or minority’s. I’m with Her! If not for my disability I would be in DC @ the March.

 

Name: Rachel
Why I Am Joining The March : I can’t leave the house to work, visit, or buy groceries, or I march (virtually) for those with invisible disabilities. Those who can’t get mental or medical help, and the system has continually failed. Those lost in the cracks fighting not to be burdens.

 

Name: Kellie Haigh
Why I Am Joining The March : I am a disabled American. I am protesting the lack of enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act. President Trump, please protect and advocate for the civil rights of disabled people!

 

Name: Ariella Barker
Why I Am Joining The March : I am virtually marching against an administration that mocks people with disabilities, a president who doesn’t follow the ADA in his construction, one who intends to dismantle the ACA which permits pwds to have health insurance despite pre existing conditions, and a president who devalues and assaults women and is bigoted toward minorities.

 

Name: Lucille R Lewis
Why I Am Joining The March : I am 47 years old, a mother of two. I have a lung disease called sarcoidosis please help find a cure.

 

Name: Joy Russo
Why I Am Joining The March : I am outraged that such a man has been elevated to the highest office in our country. It is shameful and embarrassing. He has shown such disrespect for women and so many other groups of people. I have no confidence in his ability to run his own businesses ( many bankruptcies ) and certainly not our country that is already great!

 

Name: Jessica
Why I Am Joining The March : Y’all means all! My body! Love and Peace!

 

Name: Emma Cousens
Why I Am Joining The March : A human rights activist for over 50 years, I feel I can’t quit now! I have Fibromyalgia and live with both constant fatigue and pain which severely restrict my active participation in this event. I still am able to act locally and think globally. I am most recently an active ground level organizer of out Moms Demand Action group working to improve gun safety and opperating, tighten ownership laws and decreasing and ending ownership of military level assault weapons by the public.

 

Name: Connie Stewart
Why I Am Joining The March : I WILL NOT GO BACK!

 

Name: MaryEllen Morris
Why I Am Joining The March : Join so that America can remain free and proud.

 

Name: Nicole L
Why I Am Joining The March : Freedom for all, injustice for none!

 

Name: Geralyn Caplan
Why I Am Joining The March : I am afraid that the women’s rights are taking a step back. As a women, a mother, aunt, and someone who is considered disabled I want my voice heard. I do not accept this new business as usual that includes misogyny and hatred. I may have crutches but I can stand and I can be heard. I will not be discounted.

 

Name: Sandy Wollan
Why I Am Joining The March : Having RA, walking very far is not possible for me otherwise I would choose to join in person. Despite that, it has not dimmed my strong feelings of great sadness for this nation. I fear for our future and how many of our fellow citizens have joined a mean spirited bully who foolishly fears nothing and knows even less. He seems to want to lead us to war and destroy the world with wild sound bites of offensive nonsense filled with hatred and vitriol. Our only hope is that sanity and common sense comes to bear again with people standing up for what is right and what this country stands for…..civil rights, respect, freedom, and the rejection of those who would take it away from us.

 

Name: Jody Sorlien
Why I Am Joining The March : Out on disability with broken back.

 

Name: Cathy Thomas
Why I Am Joining The March : To support all women

 

Name: Melissa Whitby
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining the Women’s Disability March because I can’t be there in person to participate due to many chronic illnesses/disability. The 3 biggest are I am 37 yr Type 1 Diabetic and have two kinds of Arthritis and other pain issues as well. I just want people know I voted for Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump. America got it wrong ! Hillary is America’s President and I am still with her. I made my voice heard loud and clear when I voted for her and I want it to be heard here as well. As strong women we all have to come together, unite and stand as one. We as women are all equal and deserved to be treated as such.

 

Name: Renee Faust
Why I Am Joining The March : As a person with a disability I feel Trump does not respect me as a person and I fear loosing my heathcare.

 

Name: Aviva Weiner
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining this march to make it known that I do not support racist, misogynist, selfish, sexist, irrational and/or immoral behavior. That all these adjectives and worse describe our current president is appalling. We must speak out constantly and do whatever we can to not let this become the status quo, but rather only a temporary glitch in mankind’s slow climb out of the slime.

 

Name: Dawn Kendall Selph
Why I Am Joining The March : I am disabled woman with a very rare disease. The cost of the therapy for one year is $2.6 MILLION. I need health insurance that will remove pre-existing condition exclusions and lifetime (or annual) caps. I am fighting for my life and money should not be a factor.

 

Name: Barbara Metzger
Why I Am Joining The March : I live on ss disability, medicare and medicade. I am an older disabled Lesbian. Any reduction in those will cost my life. That scares me, but the way the Donald talks about anyone who is not white, rich and able bodied disgusts me. That’s why I want to march.

 

Name: Jenn
Why I Am Joining The March : It is important for all individuals who will be impacted by the changes in regulations to be heard.

 

Name: Susan Scribner
Why I Am Joining The March : This is a wonderful way for me to still feel part of the movement! I am a double BK amputee 7 years now and I am heartsick that I can’t be there in person…but this is the next best thing! Thank you so much for helping me do the right thing!!!
Summer Carlson

Why I Am Joining The March : For women’s equality, to stand for our right to choose, for LGBT people, for people with disabilities & pre-existing conditions, & my children’s future.

 

Name: Nancy Tello
Why I Am Joining The March : I have a compromised imune system, can’t go out in large crowds, an open door to me getting sick. Was so delighted that you have this going as an alternative. I really wanted to march with my sister’s here in Santa Rosa, Ca. but not able to. My sign says: WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS.
Thank you so much, I feel better knowing this is here.

 

Name: Madeleine Bodisco
Why I Am Joining The March : I am embarrassed that my country elected a man who shows such obvious disdain for women and the disabled as well as countless other groups. I am fearful that my rights will be eroded and the cost of health care will increase to the point that I can no longer afford it. The is fear for the LGBT community as well as members of minority religions.

 

Name: Lilah Morton Pengra
Why I Am Joining The March : Due to physical challenges, I am unable to fly so cannot get to DC. I do want to be included because I have actively worked for women’s rights since 1968. So many of our gains are falling away, just like ice calving off the polar icecaps. In my isolation I begin to feel hopeless. Standing strong with other women and supporters of women’s rights makes me hopeful again. Together we can resist, persist and protect!

 

Name: Christine Copans
Why I Am Joining The March : Our Human Rights as women, as LGBTQ, as those with disabilities are at risk. Our health care, equality and ability to choose what is best for our own bodies is about to be ripped away from us. We must stand together and just say NO.

 

Name: Barbara Bleier
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining the march, as I have joined so many others during my lifetime, to support the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees equal rights to all Americans, regardless of gender, race, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, which guarantees us freedom of speech, voting rights. I’m marching because I believe that healthcare and education are rights of Americans, not just of a privileged few,and I’m marching because many of these rights are being disregarded, and will be further disregarded by an unqualified and illegitimate administration .

 

Name: Rev. Marianne Riggiola-Martens
Why I Am Joining The March : I am an old feminist, woman warrior, civil rights activist, and understand what we are up against. I have seen this before, but never this level. One of my feminist sisters once said,” We will always gain two steps forward and one step back, ” Like Sysiphus and his stone, we will keep on pushing uphill.

 

Name: Sandi Chesebrough
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining The March because I want a better world for my grandchildren; one that is not run by rich (mainly white) men who only care about themselves . My hope is that this March will only be the beginning of people using their voices for change!!! I am trying to not sit back quietly but to do more to encourage inclusiveness, fairness, kindness and a more peaceful world. I believe woman can and will lead the way!!!!

 

Name: Wild Mountain Rose Navarro
Why I Am Joining The March : I am a farm workers daughter. I come from Mexican, and American Indigenous roots. I am proud to be an independent woman. My great grandparents had the courage to come to the United States many years ago. They instilled in their children to become anything you set your mind to. As a result, many of us, including myself are college graduates, with a physician in our family. I will not let Mr. Trump dishonor my ancestors, with words of hate and ignorance. Indigenous people are strong, and have contributed to the greatness of this country. The Indigenous of Mexico have the same DNA as the Indigenous here in America. As Native Americans, we are all the same people, and we deserve respect. My father raised a proud feminist who believes that women will lead us out of the turmoil this country is in. The women who are marching come from all backgrounds, and races. We are diverse but are answering the call to unite and solidify the belief that we will make changes, and turn this country around. I am disabled now with Rheumatoid arthritis, I cannot march physically, but I want to participate anyway I can. Mr. Trump, this country is already great, this country already has everything and everyone it needs. The women of this country are not going backwards, we have already achieved our great status of freedom. We have already achieved the right to vote, the right to make decisions for our own health, bodies and children. We are not followers, we are creators, and we reserve the rights that come with such a divine responsibility.

 

Name: Nikki
Why I Am Joining The March : To protect and support those around me that have disabilities, including myself. And to protect the basic human rights of others around me.

 

Name: Jack Robinson
Why I Am Joining The March : What can we do? This is something. Show that we are not all believers in the sick people taking over this country

 

Name: Joanne Allen
Why I Am Joining The March : Because I believe that Planned Parenthood should not be defunded and I oppose almost all of the proposed appointees of the president elect. I also believe that the president elect is a sexist among other things.

 

Name: susanweinman
Why I Am Joining The March : I have an extreme anxiety disorder and do not do well in large crowds so this is great! I’m certainly not watching on TV!

 

Name: Veronica Chandler
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining the march to insure my own voice is heard along with the women who are attending the march in D.C.
We will not stand by silently while the rights so many women have fought to secure are in jeopardy. We are the backbone of this nation and we demand that the rights of all women be preserved in this nation permanently! When women are empowered their families are the ultimate benefactors!

 

Name: Nancy McLean
Why I Am Joining The March : I have been disabled since 1996 due to MS, and my husband after 2 heart surgeries, and multiple hospital stays became unable to work three years ago. We depend on our Medicare and SSD to survive. Cutting it at all and we would be the people who has to choose between medicine, and eating. It is tough enough now!

 

Name: Gail Rae-Garwood
Why I Am Joining The March : I have a pre-existing condition… and daughters… and a respect for education… and no respect for this president-elect who lacks morals, ethics, scruples, and integrity.

 

Name: Adrian Boomer
Why I Am Joining The March : I am appalled by the corruption of Trump’s nominees for cabinet posts. I am appalled by the criminal activity of Donald trump and his minions. I am afraid for the poor, the disabled, the immigrants, the people of color, the women, theLGBT community. I am afraid for us all that First Amendment rights will be destroyed, that basic human services will disappear, that racism will become the law of the land. There is so much more to fear with this incoming administration.

 

Name: Toni Kunker
Why I Am Joining The March : For my daughter as well as others that I know that have ‘pre-existing conditions’ – autoimmune diseases, some who are disabled with autoimmune diseases as well as chronic illness.

 

Why I Am Joining The March : The daughter of a feminist, I have protested and fought for civil rights for all people since my college years. At sixty-five I am lame with arthritis and osteoporosis and cannot march. But my heart and soul are with all who do – including so many members of my family and my friends. Resist this administration my friends, resist and protect the disenfranchised, the marginalized and the children of this nation and the world who cannot protect themselves. I wish I could be there with you in body as well as soul.

 

Name: Chaya Tovah
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining the march because as a disabled individual I am scared for a political climate that devalues the lives of people of color, lgbtqia+ individuals, disabled individuals, and countless others. I am grateful for the opportunity to join in this march as I am not physically able to go to marches or protests due to multiple chronic illnesses.

 

Name: Catriona Birnie
Why I Am Joining The March : I would have loved to march with everyone else in DC
Thank you for giving us people with disabilities a voice

 

Name: Natalie Schlicht
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining the march to support ACA and Medicare.

 

Name: Lindsey Hays
Why I Am Joining The March : The change in this country is palpable since the election and I refuse to be someone who sits by and allows discrimination and hatred to take over our society. We, as a country, need to work together, accept ALL people, and treat everyone equally. I believe the Women’s March is a valuable and necessary demonstration to the entire United States that we will not allow this language of hate and inequality to continue.
Unfortunately, between my Late-Stage Neurological Lyme Disease, Mast Cell Activation Disorder, and the very recent and sudden loss of my father, I’m unable to attend the Women’s March, but want my voice to be heard as well. I will not tolerate the direction things seem to be going politically and socially. I will speak out.

 

Name: Sage
Why I Am Joining The March : Chronic back problems won’t stop me from saying TRUMP WILL NOT PREVAIL! Hope is like the sun and it will always rise.

 

Name: Debbie Ahmed
Why I Am Joining The March : I have been disabled for many years currently bed bound due to obesity and severe arthritic pain in my knees allowing no weight bearing. I feel strongly about this march as a Narcissistic Mysoginist horrible thing was nominated by the electoral college, not the people. Not only is he incompetent his picks for his cabinet are equally troubling. This guy knows nothing! By marching I feel that I am exercising my right to protest and free speech! Since he cannot take any kind of criticism this is one way to unleash the tweeting beast!! I feel privledged to be able to make my voice heard!! My daughter will be marching here in San Diego this Saturday and can’t wait. I have supported that march by ordering the womans march in san diego tee shirts! The proceeds go to the San Diego March costs. We need to keep protesting to affect the interim elections to make in roads on the 2018 elections starting now, We had some very tight races here in San Diego dividing the winner, a Republican, by less than 1200 votes!! By marching I feel like my voice, feelings and very grave concerns are being heard! Let’s MARCH!

 

Name: Amanda
Why I Am Joining The March : I have Guillain-Barré syndrome and while I am no longer paralysed (yay!) I have a lot of mobility and fatigue issues. Thank you for letting me still voice my opinion that woman’s right are human rights and we must make a stand (literally and figuratively) to remind the incoming institutions of the importance of equality.

 

Name: Pauline Duffy
Why I Am Joining The March : I am a women who believes women have the rights to their own body, a voice and equality, as a women I demand to be treated with respect and not a tool for men to do with as they please. I stand up to men who feel they can touch us without permission! My body, my voice and my choice!

 

 

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