I will be leading a contingent of constituents to Washington D.C. on Jan. 21 to participate in The Women’s March on Washington, where we will join an expected crowd of several hundred thousand participants from around the country. I have chartered three buses as a free courtesy to my constituents. The buses, which will carry 165 people, are scheduled to leave at 5 a.m. from the Vernon Hills Shopping Center on White Plains Road in Scarsdale and return by 10 p.m. that evening.
The purpose of the march, also dubbed as “The Gathering for Justice”, is to bring diverse groups together to use their collective voices to express that hard-fought rights for marginalized communities should not and cannot be rolled back. Organizers of the Women’s March, who began as a proactive grassroots activist effort to protect women’s rights, affirm that the event is not an anti-Trump administration protest. The demonstration has evolved to include those concerned about social justice and human rights issues ranging from race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigration and healthcare.
I have spent my life, both personally and professionally, working to secure equal and fair treatment for all people, not just women,” Paulin said. “We are hoping that this march will serve as a reminder that as a democracy, we are one people, linked together by the intersection of our communities and we must stand up for and support one another. In order to be a great nation, must all be safe, secure and empowered.
Gloria Steinem and Harry Belafonte have been named honorary co-chairs of the march. Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women (NOW), the NAACP, Amnesty International and Human Rights Campaign are among those who have aligned themselves as partners, while a handful of New York-based groups, including New York State Nurses Association and Unite Women New York, have also joined the cause.
Those interested in participating can call my office (914-723-1115) for more information.