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Thousands march locally the day after inauguration
BY NICOLE DELAWDER • ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 1/25/17
With signs such as “Keep your tiny hands out of my underpants,” “Fight like a girl,” and “Free Melania,” women, men and children of all ages and backgrounds voiced a wide-range of concerns one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump.
In addition to the earmark event in Washington, D.C., crowds not only flooded New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities, but smaller cities across the country – including those right here in the Hudson Valley – to support the Women’s March and sister marches across the world.
Organized by Women’s March Washington, the march on the nation’s capital was supported by sister marches on every continent, even Antarctica, with over five million people participating on Saturday afternoon as a non-violent response to the current state of affairs.
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us and our communities are hurting and scared,” the group’s mission states. “We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.”
A crowd of 7,000 was estimated at the march in Albany, another 7,000 people at the Walkway Over the Hudson and 1,000 estimated in Woodstock.
While the marches promoted a peaceful protest with singing and speakers, during the end of the event in Woodstock, a trio of young men waved a Trump flag around the village green taunting marchers. Only a few people engaged the young men, including a 56-year-old Woodstock man who reportedly elbowed a 25-year-old man from Saugerties in the head during a brief altercation. No charges were pressed, and despite one local report, many in attendance did not witness the altercation. Police promptly asked the trio to roll up the giant Trump flag and leave the event.
After the march, the organization announced it will continue its mission with a new campaign, “10 Actions for the First 100 Days.” Every ten days the group will focus on a issue that will be addressed throughout the first months of the new presidency, beginning with a prompt for supporters to write a postcard to their local senators.