Erin: As a mother of 2 with chronic health problems, I join to fight for the rights of my fellow warriors. I join to fight for the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. I join to give my boys a future to look forward to. One day I will look back and know- without a doubt- that I stood on the right side of history.
Tracy and Casey McKinless: My daughter Casey (21 w/severe autism) is nonverbal so I speak for both of us.
Women need respect and dignity. We also need access to affordable healthcare.
We will never be silent even when our voices might be read through ASL or voice replication devices. We have a voice!!
Katie Hunt: I cannot physically march due to PTSD from military sexual trauma. While I am not physically disabled, my psychological disability makes social engagements difficult and sometimes dangerous. I can get uncontrollably emotional and occasionally violent, not pleasant for anyone to be around.
Nancy Pierce: I am a 68 year old woman, recovering from surgery at home. I am there in spirit with everyone. I am worried about the future of America. I can’t believe I will have to protest for the very same civil rights I protested for 50 years ago! Never mind, I’ll do it as soon as I gain my strength. Never give up. March for everyone. (P.S. Sorry, I don’t have a picture to send.)
Trish Seiler: My entire 38-year career has focused on the well-being of women and children, starting as a VISTA worker founding our local Crisis Center & Shelter to recently ending 16 years on the Klamath Falls City Council. In past years I have mentored a new generation of activists to carry on the work we have left to do.
At age 3 I contracted both the neuromuscular and bulbar types of polio. I have had to learn to walk four times in my life, and have survived life-threatening surgeries four times as well. I hid my disability “in plain sight” from the age of 12, when I took off my leg braces and learned to walk without them, to the age of 60, when I had to start using a power chair. The change in attitudes was amazing; people with whom I had worked for many years assumed I also became mentally unfit for public service. It has been a struggle but I have had many good people help me. I am proud of our country’s women and girls, and proud of the changes I helped bring to our rural, conservative eastern Oregon town. I will be with you in spirit as we continue the fight for equality and justice for all. Thank you for making this opportunity available for those of us who cannot even attend a local march.
Melissa Meadow: I thought I would love to join the Womans March, but the problem is that I really can’t. I have a really hard time getting around. Thank you for coming up with this idea. I’m able to be there in spirit.
Millicent Grant: I am joining the march because I cannot physically participate in the march but I still want to show my support. I want to have a voice and show that women matter and actions by powerful individuals will never change that. I think the march is also a positive way to demonstrate how I feel and not just passively sit by with my feelings hurt.
Jenn: I am joining because I know I can’t physically do the March but despite my disability and chronic illnesses my voice still matters and so do my rights and I’m not letting a fascist cheeto tell me what my rights are.