Women prepare to march in solidarity one year later

January 18, 2018 06:39 PM

This weekend, women throughout the Capital Region will be commemorating the Women's March of last January. As the crowds began to swell last year, women across the country declared that this was more than a Women's March -- it was a movement.

This year more marches are expected to take place. NewsChannel 13 sat down with Albany organizers to see what they have to report back.

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"It was amazing," recalled Emily Marynczak.

She still remembers last year's Women's March in the Capital Region.

"The quantity of people was extraordinary for Albany. That just was really impressive. It was also just as the day unfolded to learn that we were marching in solidarity with people not only just all over the country but all over the world," explained Marynczak.

Castina Charles heard the call for women to come together and march against the policies of the Trump administration, but she did not heed it.

"I was the kind of person that lived my life -- my politics and my religion, I keep that to myself," explained Charles.

That was until she noticed the event had begun to galvanize women. Meetings were popping up and she too wanted to get involved.

"I went to my first one on January 24 and that was very transformative for me," pointed out Charles.

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Since then, Charles and Marynczak have joined forces as co-organizers of this year's Women's March in Albany. Along with Jamaica Miles of the group Citizen Action of New York, they sat down with NewsChannel 13 to tell us what's happened locally since last year's march.

"There was a huge infusion of people who came out after Trump was elected, but also stayed. They didn't just say, 'I'm here, I showed up and now I'm going to go back home and sit on my couch and eat some potato chips,'" pointed out Miles.

"Women are getting elected. Progressives are getting out there," explained Marynczak. "School board positions, county legislature. People who have never run before."

"If you talk about what happened in Virginia, like, 'Oh my God, how did that happen? Oh my God, how'd that happen in Alabama,' that's because there are women and men that are post-carding that are phone-calling, that are doing the canvassing door-to-door," pointed out Charles.

However, they are also careful to realize the movement must be inclusive to all women.

"It's interesting after Alabama, now there's a lot of talk about the black women in Alabama and how they saved this country. Black women have always been active," noted Charles.

"This year, in addition to the Women's March that's happening, there's going to be a conversation for women of color, by women of color, about women of color," Miles explained.

More information:

'Women of Color' event

Women's March in Albany


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