SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- A Scarsdale lawmaker is bringing dozens of women with her to Washington D.C. in January for a march for equality.
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, a Democrat who represents the 88th District, said the Women’s March on Washington is intended to bring women together “in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
The march is Saturday, Jan. 21, the day after Bedford resident Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the nation's 45th president.
According to commondreams.org , demonstrators, both male and female, are repudiating "sexist, racist, and Islamophobic remarks" they say were a "touchstone" of Trump's presidential campaign.
On Monday, national organizers outlined their vision on their Facebook page.
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us -- women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault,” they wrote. “We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.”
The march, organizers said, will send “a bold message” to the Trump administration, and the world, that “women’s rights are human rights.”
“We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us,” organizers said.
According to a report by nytlive.nytimes.com , the event was originally billed as the Million Women March. It begins at 10 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial, the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" civil rights speech in 1963 and wraps up around 5 p.m.
Paulin is providing 100 constituents with same-day, round-trip bus transportation from Eastchester to the nation’s capital.
Her district covers Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, and parts of New Rochelle and White Plains.
Paulin’s office said that the 100 seats have already been reserved. However, organizers are keeping a waiting list in case of cancellations.
Participants should include cell phone numbers and email addresses so they can receive email confirmations.
For more information, or to cancel reservations, contact Paulin’s community liaison, Lisa Hofflich by calling (914)-723-1115 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food and drink will not be provided. Participants are urged to bring their own for the trip.
The buses leave at 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, from the back parking lot of the Lord and Taylor store on White Plains Road in White Plains.
The buses will be returning from D.C. at 4 p.m. and are expected to be back in New York shortly after 9 p.m.
Paulin's district offices are located at 700 White Plains Road, Suite 252, Scarsdale.