Barbara Ehrentreu: Since I can remember I have always been for fairness and justice in government. I have been to many protests in my life and this time I have to protest without marching. I marched against the actions of the Republicans when they held their convention in NYC and I have protested another election in which there were illegalities. In 2005 I was the leader of a group that protested to have the vote investigated by the FBI. I now feel I cannot sit quietly while our country is going to have this person who has been deemed unfit to carry out the duties of our president. I will do everything in my power to protest this person who wants to lead us. He doesn’t have the ability as he has shown in his transition period and he wants to allow the Republicans to dismantle our health care. He is a blowhard and he abuses women. I don’t want someone like this as my president and I haven’t even mentioned his discrimination of people who are different from him. Add to that his cabinet picks and I cannot be silent. I would be walking in DC with all of my sisters if I could. But I am just getting over knee replacement surgery enough to live my life. I am unable to walk for a long distance and stand for hours. I would march in my own city, but they are not allowing us to bring chairs. So I am thrilled to join this virtual march. Thank you for giving us this chance!!! The photo here is me and my friends protesting the vote in 2005.
Don White: I am a dissabled man that was hoping for a good spell and finding a handicapped assessable bus from Kentucky so my husband and I could join the march for women. But no such luck. I have two siblings that will probably die if they loose the ACA. We wanted to support our family friends and all of those who died and were injured or lost a love one in the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. We went to Orlando’s Gay Pride Parade and were honored to meet the parents of one of the victims. I had stenciled the names of the victim and their ages on an rainbow flag. We had it blessed at MCC, and are taking it to as many pride events and fundraisers as we can; and adding them to the flag. The parade was overwhelming hundreds of people saw us coming and were cheering for our bright suit’s; then broke into tears as they realized the flag had the victim’s names on it. We have had over 500 selfies taken. We need to remember all those that suffered and sacraficed for what rights we have. And keep fighting not to loose them, and to continue to make progress.
Cloakey Notes: I am a woman and a childhood cancer survivor. I have physical disabilities due to cancer treatments (I had no immunity when I came down with viral encephalitis so the infection damaged my brain stem), hearing loss, a speech impairment, and scoliosis, all because I survived what tried to kill me when I was a child. I’m not just standing up for womens’ rights, but for the progress we have made during the last 8 years under President Obama.
Patricia King: I just found out about this virtual participation. I am not disabled, but I am unable to attend the march.However, I want to be counted in the number of women who are showing their concern and peacefully protesting. Please include me and kindly notify me of further initiatives.
Helen Hepburn: I am a nearly 70 gay woman, feminist and passionate advocate of equalities, and have been for years. Sadly I can’t come today as I am booked into a course that I can’t cancel. I am absolutely appalled that America have elected a narcisistic homophobic racist sexist man to the position of President and fear for us all. With you in spirit
Judy Hall: I can’t come due to a joint disability and I am so, so disappointed! I am with you in spirit! Btw, the Affordable Care Act kept me and my daughter ALIVE last year when my husband was unemployed. Power to the people!
Jazz Summers: I march because my rights as a mentally ill queer woman with autism are being stripped away from me, and I did not vote for bigotry to reign over me and my wife. I stand in solidarity with my siblings of all genders, colors, disabilities, and creeds against discrimination and hate.
Christine Wiltanger: Marching for my unwed grandmother who fought to keep her child. And for my mother who was a victim of domestic violence.
Anita Brahm: I am marching with other women from all over our country to let our government officials know that we demand that they represent all of the people of our great country. Our new president has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault.
As a woman, I have great concern about the talk of reversing Roe vs Wade. This action begins a slippery slope. Telling a woman she is no longer able to control the most basic part of her physical anatomy opens the door to taking away a woman’s right to control her intellect. This is not equality. This is dictatorship.
Telling people of color that they have “nothing to lose” belittles them to their core. Our inner cities have become much safer than they were when I was a child. Of course they have much to lose. We could go back to the days where people of color were not allowed to attend the same schools or allowed to vote (still a problem in some places).
There have been threats to my LGBTQIA friends saying that they are not normal and that rights that have been won after years of fighting for them will be taken away. The new Vice President even advocated behavior treatment for their condition (as if God makes mistakes like that).
The ACA allowed millions of people to have health insurance when they couldn’t get it or afford it anywhere else. On his first day he repealed it.
I won’t continue with specifics just because this new president has divided this country like no other before him. I demand that my representatives make certain that no one takes away our Rights under the constitution of the United States of America.