Thousands turn out for Women's March in Albany

January 20, 2018 11:20 PM

ALBANY - “For me in particular, the environment is under threat and that's one of the main issues that's important to me,” said Sharita Nagaraj. 

“Women's healthcare rights especially,” said Sarah Pesek. “Access to good birth control.” 

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Many issues drew Nagaraj, Pesek and thousands of other women, men and children to the Women’s March in Albany Saturday. 

“I'm passionate about DACA,” said Abigail Ritter. “I believe that children who were brought here by their parents have every right to stay.” 

“The press is under attack and voter suppression is just rampant all over,” said co-organizer, Emily Marynczak.

Animal rights and racial equality were also big issues for many people at West Capitol Park. 

Abigail and Chana Ritter dressed in costumes from the hit show, The Handmaid’s Tale, to show support for gender equality. 

“A book that was written quite some time ago about an awful lot of things that are happening right now in America where women do not have rights,” Chana Ritter said. 

Co-organizer Castina Charles said a central message of this year's event is to get out the vote.

“This year's a very important year,” Charles said. “Midterms. A lot of political stuff going on. So we want to motivate folks to get out there.” 

“We need to use unity and love in order to make some significant changes politically in our country,” said Albany Common Council member, Dorcey Applyrs.

“Making sure we as women as a voter bloc, we have the power,” said Schenectady County Human Rights Commission Executive Director, Angelicia Morris.

Many participants also joined the event to voice their frustration with the Trump administration. 

“He's a figure head,” Marynczak said. “The people who are empowering him are really evil. The corporate takeover. The corporate overlords. The money in politics.” 

For many Women's March participants, the rally and march was also a celebration of the strides that women have made since last year’s Women’s March. 

“So many people have won elections,” Charles said. “So many women, transgender, women of color. And so in actuality Trump may be doing something, taking a step back, but he's inspired something greater in everybody.” 

NewsChannel 13 is told about 3,000 people attended Saturday’s event. Last year’s crowd was close to 10,000.


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