Many Montclair women and their daughters will join the hundreds of thousands of women across the country to attend the Women’s March on Washington or another of the local sister marches in NJ or NYC on Saturday, January 21. Whether they take buses organized by local women, drive, or take a train, they will all get together to stand together in solidarity for the protection of women’s rights, safety, health, and their families.
Baristanet spoke with several of the women (and one man) to learn what joining the march means to them:
I’m going down to march in DC on Saturday, and have made 26 pussy hats (see 21 of the 26 hats Jen knitted above) I’m marching because our voices need to be heard, and we need to be seen. I will not allow my two boys to grow up in a society where women, people of color, and non-Christian religious beliefs are not respected.
I am a knitter–a fast one–so literally the very least I could do was crank out as many pussy hats as possible as a form of craftivism. Art and craft can help change the world by connecting a visual to a message. My hope is that the mass of pink pussy hats will be one hell of a visual image–one that will resonate across the country and across the world to let all know that we will not be silenced.
Jennifer Prost: “I’m marching in Washington, D.C. because I think it’s important to show the world how many Americans strongly disapprove of everything Trump stands for. I’m marching with my daughter, in memory of my mom who recently passed away. A holocaust survivor, she was appalled by Trump.”
Sarah Stibbe Damaskos: “Why? For the life of me, I just cannot figure out why we don’t live in a people-centered planet. Why is it so difficult to have each person valued for what they bring to the table not because of their gender, identified-gender, color, or partner preference? From what I can see, amazing people come in all varieties — as do the bad eggs. As a woman who deeply values my female friends, work associates and family, I am SO EXCITED to be en masse for this demonstration of value, unity and positive action!”
Mia Riker-Norrie, General Director of Opera Theatre of Montclair:
I have read through the Platform presented by the organizers of The Women’s March, and wholeheartedly agree with its principles and goals. As for the Pussy Hat, unfortunately, I did not pay attention when my beloved Auntie tried to teach me to knit! Instead, my husband’s cousin’s dear wife, Polly Ann Norrie of St. Paul, Minnesota, is generously knitting me a hat “befitting a Diva”! (photo above). I see the hat itself as a symbol of feminine unity and resistance to the repugnant attitudes and actions of the President-elect, Vice President-elect, Senate and Congress.
Why will I march?:
As the head of an opera company, I know that many of my artists are beneficiaries of Obamacare. Several in particular would not be alive today if not for the ACA. I march for them and for the hope that we all will eventually have universal health care, as they do in Europe.
I march because women deserve respect and equal treatment.
I march for my daughter who wanted to leave her hard-won spot at the world’s top conservatory so SHE could march.
I march for my future daughters-in-law and granddaughters, to protect their freedoms which are currently under attack.
I march for many of my friends and children’s friends who have been the victims of sexual assault.
I march because I was raised by two incredibly strong women who adored me and who struggled to raise me on meagre social security checks after my father died.
My mother and aunt were also the first-generation children of Italian immigrants. Immigrants built this country, fought for this country and helped make it great. I march for immigrants and the children of immigrants, that they will not be persecuted, but instead welcomed and encouraged.
I’m just one New Jersey mom, but I march for the future of humanity along with my sisters.
Chanda Hall: “Our family will be attending the Women’s March on Washington. I was reluctant to go at first – such a logistical headache! – but I realized that it’s so easy to think of reasons not to do something. It’s important to me to teach my daughters how to speak up for themselves, that they have a voice and that voice matters. I also want them to experience the power of people coming together for a common cause. You have to engage to bring about change. There is power in fighting for what you believe in.”
Karen Cahn, founder of iFundWomen: “I am attending but I’m not wearing a pussy hat. I’m wearing an iFundWomen hat for financial freedom and women-led businesses and a Trapped t-shirt.” Trapped is a film by Dawn Porter, a former Montclair resident, that tells the fight U.S. reproductive health clinics are battling to remain open.
I’m marching in NYC on January 21 because the November punch-in-the-gut election has left me breathless but not voiceless. I will march with my friend and our daughters against sexism and racism and for unity, equality, and love. I will continue to watch closely and act swiftly.
Our signs will honor the women and men who walked before us and on whose shoulders we stand. As we are reminded on this day of service in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
“We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”
I made my pink pussy hat (out of felt because I don’t knit) and I will wear it in solidarity with every person who agrees being “grabbed” without consent (in word or deed) is repugnant and unacceptable.
Selma Avdicevic will be in Utah this weekend and will attend a Women’s’ March in Park City: “I march for America I know and love. America that reaches out to the tired, the poor, and all those yearning to be free, to paraphrase Emma Lazarus. If you love something, you fight for it. If you have something that you strongly believe in, you don’t walk away. You fight.”
Evan Cutler, a Montclair man, is headed to the NYC march with his family: “I’m not marching as a “man.” I’m marching as a father and a husband who believes women’s rights are human rights. There’s power in numbers. The bigger the turnout, the stronger the message to Trump that we will fight each and every ridiculous move he makes starting from day one.
Linda Federico-ó Murchú:
I’m going to the march in DC to protest the election of someone I consider an illegitimate president. In addition to losing the popular vote, he was apparently aided by a hostile foreign power during his campaign — and may still be. Just yesterday American troops were deployed to five countries that border Russia. Our NATO allies asked for military protection, in fear of a Trump presidency. That’s something to think about.
Beyond these concerns, I’m attending the march in opposition to everything Trump stands for ideologically. I’m opposed his treatment of women, minorities, people with disabilities, immigrants, Muslims, the working class, the poor — and of course, the press. I’m protesting a person who makes a mockery of something I consider sacred: the truth. That might sound erudite but I’m a journalist. I make my living defending the truth.
It’s so important for people to protest this potentially dangerous person, who lied and cheated his way into the White House. I believe we must stand together against him, in protection of our democratic rights and freedoms.
To help those traveling to D.C. or NYC, Montclair Bread Co. will be selling packed lunches ($8) and special doughnuts ($8-$12) for those attending the marches. DC pick up available at the production facility on Label Street from 4-4:30 am / NYC pick up available at Walnut Street from 8-9 am. Advanced orders only – cut off is Friday, January 20 at noon. For anyone leaving earlier, they will offer a Friday noon-5pm pick up option. Every order will be treated to a complimentary coffee to get you energized for the day’s events! Place your orders here.
For those not attending a march, but who want to join in solidarity, The Creativity Caravan (28 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will host an Open Studio, from 9:30 am – 12 pm and again at 6 pm – 9 pm, inviting locals to join in “making art being made by the hands of anyone who isn’t going to a march, but who wants to be a part of “a thing that reminds us there’s good in the world, a thing that reminds us there’s still something out there worth fighting for.”