The Women’s March on Washington couldn’t have picked a better starting point: the corner of Independence Avenue and Third Street West. This Saturday at least 200,000 people will come together in front of the Capitol in D.C. to march with a message championing human rights, dignity and justice.
And 616 sister marches (including 26 in Canada!) will step out in solidarity—with as many as 1.3 million people in cities all over the world taking part in the day’s demonstrations.
To find out the many reasons why women are marching, FLARE reached out to women participating in marches across Canada, as well as in Washington, DC. Here are their stories.
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Tabitha St. Bernard, Marching in Washington
“I march for my son, our present and our future as an interracial family. I am a Trinidad-American immigrant and my husband is Jewish American. We’ve both been personally disturbed by some of the rhetoric of the past election and are concerned about the tone and actions of those in power concerning marginalized groups. I march because I need my son to see that thoughtful non-violent action is our only option. I march because as an immigrant, America has provided me with copious opportunities and I want to help ensure that other people like myself have access to the same. I march because I love this country and I want to see it be the best it can be. I march because sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option.” —Tabitha St. Bernard
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