Women’s March Connecticut
We are a large group of women throughout the State of Connecticut who woke up on November 9th with the realization that something unique had occurred. A call to move from despondency to recovery and resistance, created a need to reach out and join forces that ultimately coalesced in the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st. While, as individuals, we may have joined this effort to organize the Women’s March Connecticut for different reasons, we have organized around three principles:
- We march to support each other and remind ourselves that we are not alone.
- We march to send a clear message that the new administration has no mandate.
- We march to organize for a better future.
The incoming administration was ushered in by a minority of U.S. citizens, on a wave of intolerance and bigotry. We stand united with our sisters and brothers of every race, religion, ethnic, gender and sexual minority to work for a positive world safe and equal for all. We stand together with the most vulnerable, those threatened rhetorically with ignorance and hate, and those threatened legislatively with having their rights reduced or eliminated. We believe in a United States which is fair and equal for all. We will fight against any threat to the rights of others, and we stand together with those in need. We believe that the response to hate is unity and community building and we will organize and work to make that happen.
There are millions of us that do not share their vision of hate and intolerance. Thousands of us will march throughout the country to declare our commitment to inclusion and diversity. As seen in the popular vote count, the majority of Americans do not agree with his proposed policies. Experts agree that the proposed policies are not tenable. We will be seen and heard in our unity. We will come together in numbers large enough that we cannot be ignored.
We will not be complacent. We will not be silent. The march is the first step and will be followed by organized and concentrated opposition to any attempts to limit the freedom, liberty or justice of any member of our community. We will resist and persist as we look towards the future. The Women’s March on Washington on January 21st will compel us to march on. We invite like-minded Connecticut residents to join our efforts on Facebook and Twitter.
Women’s March Connecticut Chapter Organizers
Andrea H. Berman, Milford
Beth Kerrigan West Hartford
Cass Martineau , Willimantic
Evelyn Mantilla, West Hartford
Jacqueline Kozin, New Haven
Jillian Gilchrest, West Hartford
Maria Khan, Bloomfield
Melissa Kane, Westport
Melody Oliphant, New Haven
Pam Elkow, Redding
Po Murray, Sandy Hook
Polly Moran, Hartford
Samantha Parsons, Guilford
Sarah Raskin, West Hartford
Samia Hussein, Windsor Locks
Women’s March on Washington-Connecticut Chapter: Women’s March Connecticut is being organized by a group of 25 diverse Connecticut women.
About the Women’s March on Washington: The Women’s March on Washington, held on January 21st in Washington, D.C., intends to send a bold message to the incoming Presidential administration on their first day in office, to leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, Governors and state Congresses, and to the world, that we stand together in solidarity and expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities. The March is led by a national coordinating committee, volunteer organizers representing all 50 states, and numerous partner organizations. Partners include Amnesty International, EMILY’s List, GLAAD, Girls Who Code, Muslim Women’s Alliance, Planned Parenthood, United We Dream, NARAL and many more.