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NORTHAMPTON Western Massachusetts residents flooded downtown Northampton with pink, cat eared hats, colorful signs and chants Saturday as they took to the streets for the 2nd annual Pioneer Valley Women’s March.
Hundreds of local residents and activists turned out for the event, which began at Sheldon Fields and ended with a “Hear our voices, hear our vote” rally at Northampton City Hall.
It was one of several marchers that took place across the United States Saturday to mark the one year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration and the 2017 Women’s Marches. last January for the Women’s March, said she felt it was important to once again take to the streets given what has since happened in the nation’s capital.
“I’m am repulsed by what’s happening in Washington right now and I’d like to see a positive change happen. It starts with me,” she said.
Pato, who was holding a sign for OLOC, or Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, said although she felt “uplifted” after last year’s march, that feeling has largely dissipated.
“You feel kind of powerless, you have to try to do something and you have to keep on trying to make a positive change,” she said, adding that she hopes the 2018 marches in Northampton and other cities serve as a “wake up call” for politicians.
Laura Kaye, a 72 year old Northfield resident who joined Pato in holding an OLOC sign at the march, said she’s also enraged by what’s happening in Washington, but “energized everyday to do something.”
“We’re not going to stop because we’ve lived a long time and we’ve seen a lot of injustice. The fact that it seems to be increasing is just outrageous and heartbreaking,” she said. “These are my sisters and we all do our little piece. Everybody does something different . the time is now to step up.”
Julia Rivellino Lyons,
a 46 year old Deerfield resident said she decided to return for the 2018 Northampton Women’s March to help continue the energy from last year’s event.
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“I teach history at Deerfield Academy and it seemed important to be involved in what turned out to be a historic march last year and I wanted to make sure that momentum was maintained,” she said.
Sarah Mills, 46, meanwhile, said she traveled from Barnard, Vermont for the Northampton march to add her voice to others who have raised concerns about the Trump administration’s first year in office.
“I really think it’s time for everyone to stand up and have their voices heard so that we don’t get ignored,” she said.
Mills added that although she believes there’s been little progress in Congress on issues raised at last year’s Women’s Marches, some appears to have been when it comes to grassroots organizing.
“But, there’s more work to be done. And certainly, I think, the Democrats need to get their act together and make sure there is a viable, powerful, realistic and a party that can appeal to people and get them out to vote,” she said. “I think that’s what’s happened, people didn’t come out to represent. So, we need to do that.”
Following the march,
attendees gathered for a rally that featured various performers and speakers.
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