Group of 50 marchers

Name: Gwenda L Snoek
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining the March to add my voice to the many other women longing for a world in which all human rights are respected. This includes LGBTQIA people, visual minorities, those who are disabled physically or mentally, those with limited financial means or education, immigrants, and yes, women. I stand with all women marching to advocate especially for the marginalized and forgotten, and to let the world know that women’s rights are human rights and we will not be defeated.
My Picture: My disability is invisible: ME/cfs.

 

Name: Miriam Kasin
Why I Am Joining The March : I cannot walk long distances or stand for a long time. But I want to march for all the reasons set forth in the mission statement of the Women’s March.

 

Name: Jane Allgood
Why I Am Joining The March : I stand with all women and I stand with reproductive freedon

 

Name: Anna Navis
Why I Am Joining The March : I wish I could be marching in person, but I know that my body can’t handle that. But, I march in spirit, for all the people like me whose lives have been saved by the ACA. I am truly scared for what the future holds, if/when the ACA is repealed, but the Women’s March and the Disability March, and the individual stories of all the participants, give me a glimmer of hope that all is not lost.

 

Name: Sharon Tereshka
Why I Am Joining The March : I want to stand up for justice, fight the good fight President Obama started. Be an us that does not discriminate again people because of the color of their skin, their disabilities, their sexual orientation, their religion or for being a woman. As a woman I am fearful of the next four years. I want to do my part to stand against discrimination and hatred.

 

Name: Frances Reilly
Why I Am Joining The March : I march because I am a disabled veteran of the Vietnam era and an ordained minister. I live on Social Security and my VA compensation. I have seen so much progress over the years for civil rights and I am angry that there is a concerted effort being made to take it all away. Those in Washington forget that women, the elderly, the disabled, people of color, and the LGBT community, etc. have rights – civil rights – human rights. They forget this at their peril because we vote and we need to remind them that we vote. My sisters and brothers are of every color, religion, ethnicity, orientation, race, gender identity. There is no “Other”. There is only “Us”. We are all ONE.

 

Name: Jan Sparks
have a number of other physical challenges. I want to add my “voice” to this march so I can declare my support of women’s wrights & the rights of the disabled!

 

Name: Stephanie Townsend Allala
Why I Am Joining The March : Because we are all one.

 

Name: Marlene Rhyne
Why I Am Joining The March : Both myself and our daughter and our son have disabilities. I have osteogenesis imperfecta, I am a pharmacist I worked hard to achieve my degree the college wanted to discriminate against me and not allow me into the program. Our daughter has albinism, low vision and a life threatening genetic disorder called glycogen storage disorder XI. I am worried about losing the ACA for without it we both have pre-exhisting conditions. Our son has Sensory Processing Disorder. Both our son and daughter require acconadtions for learning. I am worried that kids that require special education will be forgotten. I want to make sure that no one with a disability is forgotten. That everyone is treated equal and receives the support and acconadtions to live happy, healthy, productive lives.

 

Name: Evelyn Gavin Kaczmarkiewicz
Why I Am Joining The March : I feel that women are just starting to become more equal to men in this country. The election of Donald Trump will, I believe, send the Woman’s Movement back to the 1950s. The march, being the day after the inauguration and the day before the anniversary of Roe v Wade, is quite meaningful. We have to stand strong and stand together to move forward in our goals to better ourselves and our daughters.

 

Name: Danielle
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining the march because I believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. I believe that people deserve access to health care and I support the Affordable Care Act. Donald Trump has made it clear that he stands for hate and intolerance, and I am afraid of what he will do once he’s in office. I am ashamed that he will become the president of this country and I want my concerns to be heard.

 

Name: Marlene Rhyne
Why I Am Joining The March : Both myself and our daughter and our son have disabilities. I have osteogenesis imperfecta, I am a pharmacist I worked hard to achieve my degree the college wanted to discriminate against me and not allow me into the program. Our daughter has albinism, low vision and a life threatening genetic disorder called glycogen storage disorder XI. I am worried about losing the ACA for without it we both have pre-exhisting conditions. Our son has Sensory Processing Disorder. Both our son and daughter require acconadtions for learning. I am worried that kids that require special education will be forgotten. I want to make sure that no one with a disability is forgotten. That everyone is treated equal and receives the support and acconadtions to live happy, healthy, productive lives.

 

Name: Kathleen A.
Why I Am Joining The March : For all women’s rights but particularly for the future of Roe v. Wade. It must NEVER be overturned!!

 

Name: Rhiannon Miller
Why I Am Joining The March : I feel very strongly about human rights and everyone having the same rights. Everyone should be seen as equals and should be able to have their opinions heard.

 

Name: Dayle Lyons deRaat
Why I Am Joining The March : It’s important for us to all stand up for our democracy and for all people who believe in our democracy. In addition we need to make a statement for the specific rights of various groups, including but not limited to, women.

 

Jennifer: Why I Am Joining The March : I have a rare spinal disorder that leaves me mostly bedridden until I can recover. I would like to join the march to show that the new regime’s attitude toward women and the disabled is not acceptable in the United States of America.

 

 

Name: Janet Armstrong
Why I Am Joining The March : I would love to. E on the march but I recently had foot/leg surgery and can’t walk far. I have been so distraught since Trump was elected. I in no way support any of his behaviors nor policies. I fear for women’s rights as well as all of the fine undocumented people who only want what is best for their families

 

Name: Lisa Connor
Why I Am Joining The March : I had a double lung transplant 3 weeks ago. I am an occupational therapy professor and am marching to register my concern over access to healthcare and equal opportunity for people with disabilities and people of color. I am marching as a woman because there are still disproportionate societal barriers borne by women. The incoming administration has signaled that further erosion of rights and access are headed our way. This is not acceptable. I want the incoming President to know that “we are watching you.”

 

Name: Savannah Poole
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining this march because the president elect is the devil and will try or maybe succeed in killing my friends, physically or emotionally during his presidency.

 

Mary

Why I Am Joining The March : I cannot attend due to health issues and found this today. Really excited about showing my support for the protest!!

 

Vivian Lewis

Why I Am Joining The March : U believe in a fair just and unified USA for ALL. I march ( in my wheelchair or with my cane) in solidarity with any at risk of being marginalized.

 

Name: Erin McCormick
\Why I Am Joining The March : I Am Joining The March for many different reasons. First, I myself suffer from chronic illnesses and rely on the Affordable Care Act to get my prescriptions, pay for doctor’s visits and dentist’s visits. Second, one of my best friends in the entire world just so happens to be Saudi (Muslim) and cannot even get a tourist visa to come visit. Third, I have close friends who are in same-sex marriages and so Marriage Equality is important to me. And Finally, I also just happen to have friends who are transgender and they deserve to be treated like everyone else in this country.

 

Name: Cheryl R McHale
Why I Am Joining The March : I am in favor of an inclusive, polite and generous society. I am not happy with anyone or anything that degrades humanity for any reason. I would like our democracy to be restored to all of us.

 

Name: Adina Shapiro
Why I Am Joining The March : I am 59 and have been disabled with EDS ( a connective tissue disorder) and severe dysautonomia as well as Sjogrens. I suffer frequent infections and severe fatigue and dizziness. I would love to be able to march but cannot run the risk of passing out. I am very, very concerned about Trump’s opinions about the disabled and his derision of them. I am also worried about losing my Medicare and Social Security which I am dependent on.

 

Name: Irma G Fiametta
Why I Am Joining The March : Because Trump is not my president! He is a rascist, bigot, misogynist, sexual predator and will destroy this democracy if we don’t stop him!

 

Name: Jen Kubeck
Why I Am Joining The March : I am not invisible! I am an older, disabled woman who depends on the ACA for medical care. Diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and lupus, disallowing pre-existing conditions will be a death sentence for me, and leave my husband devastated at losing me.
I still have much to offer the world through my art, my kindness, and my reaching out to help those around me.
CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?

 

Name: Myriam Azer
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining the March because I appalled and scared of the incoming Administration. Their views and opinions are offensive and go against everything I believe and know to be true. My family is a minority and I am frightened by the upsurge in racist and antisemitic acts. I will be at my synagogue on Saturday, praying for the safe passage of those who are marching and for the new Administration to hear our voices and make positive changes for our country and the world.

 

Name: Laura Jane Harter
Why I Am Joining The March : Because everyone should be treated equally and with respect regardless of being disabled, a woman, their skin color, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs.

 

Name: Donald Dillon
Why I Am Joining The March : I support for universal healthcare, keeping social security, Medicare and Medicaid, womens’ rights to their own bodies, equal pay for equal work, civil rights for all – including LGBT communities. I also protest Congresses’ apparent need to tear up current programs without having better replacements.

 

Name: Diana Pease Fanuel
Why I Am Joining The March : I am appalled at our President-Elect because of his offensive words, actions and disrespect for our government, policies, Constitution. I am a 76-year-old senior unable to manage the trip to D.C. and support the Women’s March which I think is a wonderful way to show our disgust and extreme displeasure at the President-Elect and his Cabinet choices among other issues.

 

Name: Susan A Squires
Why I Am Joining The March : Because I believe rights for all humans are in need of protection. The new administration seems to want to wipe out rights that have been achieved over the years, I have so many concerns at this point but woman’s health is a big one for me!!! No man or government should have control over a woman’s right to choose!

 

Name: Susan G Scammon
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining this march to raise awareness of potential loss of a lot of womens’ rights,including equal pay, repeal of Roe v Wade,reproductive rights,etc. The incoming administration is NOT female-friendly!!

 

Name: Lynne Smiley
\Why I Am Joining The March : I am worried for us as a country, for those of us who are young, old, disabled, people of color, people of all genders and everyone else who does not fit what Trump’s minions feel is acceptable. We must not become a fascist state though I already see it happening in the press and in the state policies and new laws.

 

Name: jaymie horowitz
Why I Am Joining The March : I believe in the fight against injustice.

 

Name: allen stubbs
Why I Am Joining The March : I believe women are truly the back bone of this country and goes with out saying women’s rights are people rights as one diverse nation we are one and should be treated as such and women rights shouldn’t be nor allowed to be chosen by a man as a disabled man i am proud to be called a feminist i cant wait till the day women rule this country from office why we have so many problems ego over brains caused by men behind every good man stands a strong woman women deserve it more important have earned it much more than men have

 

Name: Linda
Why I Am Joining The March : I would love to join the march. I believe this is very important to all women and young girls around the world. I stand with all women around the world with respect and love for all. All of us are brave and strong no matter what our situation is. We can and we will make a difference no matter how large or small. I stand with all of you, God Bless

 

Name: Pat Palenske Gros
Why I Am Joining The March : I have emphysema which makes it almost impossible to walk any distance. I am also a feminist and a member of N.O.W.

 

Name: Lorrie Boyce
Why I Am Joining The March : I want to be a voice and a presence for the invisible. Too many people don’t realize how many of our citizens will die if all the proposed cuts will happen. Health care needs to be a right, so many will die without the ACA. Women, Children, the venerably ill, all Americans deserve better than to have programs that will make the rich richer and the poor destitute .

 

Name: Judith Perry
Why I Am Joining The March : I march for the marginalized. For those who need affordable healthcare.

 

Name: Gloria Winn
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining the March in opposition to those who would take away the rights of any woman for equal wages, health care, respect for their personhood, and opportunity for citizenship. I am joining the March to support the future of my daughters and grand daughters who are smart, talented and worthy of every opportunity given to their brothers. I am joining the March in honor of my Mother and Grandmothers who worked hard to give me the wisdom and skills and education to be the strong woman that I am.

 

Name: Olivia Berman
Why I Am Joining The March : The GOP wants to cut funding for healthcare which will negatively impact many the of the chronically ill people I am friends with. I also believe we should not have a racist, sexist, and ignorant president.

 

Name: Jo Rafferty
Why I Am Joining The March : I believe it’s important for all good citizens to stand up for all of our rights, especially when we or others are feeling threatened by actions of our own government.

 

Name: Sarah Hou
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining the March because I believe that all people deserve equal rights and protection from our government. I join to stand up for democracy, equality and opportunities for current and future generations. I am unable to participate in person on March 21 because I am on bed rest for a high risk pregnancy, but I am here in spirit!

 

Name: Angel Eastep
Why I Am Joining The March : Because my rights as a woman are being ignored. I want my voice heard even though I have no option to be able to be there.

 

Name: Gail Mowry
Why I Am Joining The March : I have been knitting pink pussy hats for marchers but am unable to march myself because of disabilities. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate. I truly believe in a female’s right to control her own choices regarding her body. The idea of someone else making these decisions is abhorrent to me!

 

Name: Virginia Nazario
Why I Am Joining The March : Fighting for equality, Womens right to choose, P.P, LGBTQ, Climate Change, Healthcare, Education, Against Bigotry, Hatred and Intolerance. Be with everyone in spirit. We shall fight in the streets, We shall never surrender !!

 

Name: PATRICIA PERCY
Why I Am Joining The March : At the age of 77 and the realization that everything our citizens fought for and in many cases lost their lives in the past years will be set back or gone. Many who fought in the past are once again joining the justice march for freedoms they thought were won. Due to physical limitations I can not physically be there. I am asking all who can to please join these brave women supporting the March on Washington by going to a near by supporting group. If like me you can’t please join in the way I have.

 

Name: Nancy Grey
Why I Am Joining The March : I am joining the march because Trump does not have the country’s interests in mind or at heart, and is proving this by nominating people to his cabinet who are going to be detrimental to my country’s well-being. He’s a mysogynist, a racist, a narcissist, and an ignoramus who knows nothing about law. He makes promises that he cannot possibly keep.
My Picture: 58-year-old woman with chronic pain issues, due to seventeen ruptured disks.

 

Name: Marcia Jay Motsinger
Why I Am Joining The March : everyone i love..every thing i love and every thing i am is in jeopardy. growing up with Nixon and Vietnam. protesting Reagan, then big Bush and little Bush. as a citizen of a democracy i wish to act free when my body no longer allows!

 

Name: Naomi, Debbie, & Rowyn
Why I Am Joining The March : Mom Debbie, with daughters Naomi (left) and Rowyn (right). Debbie has an autoimmune disease that makes attending a large event like this very difficult, if not actually a danger to her health. Naomi is on the autism spectrum and has mild cerebral palsy. This is just too big a crowd for her to handle. Rowyn doesn’t have any disabilities, but she is away at college, and unable to attend any of the planned sister events. Our husband/dad and Debbie’s sister will be marching for us in D.C.!

 

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