Toronto women plan trek to Washington for Women's March after Trump's inauguration
The Women's March on Washington will be held in D.C. the day after Trump's inauguration.
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Huddled in front of the “O” in the Toronto sign, a group of local women are undeterred by the freezing temperatures.
Standing outside in the cold is good practice for what many of them will be doing in January when they travel to D.C. for a massive “Women’s March on Washington” following Donald Trump’s inauguration.
“It’s going to be brutal but we’re prepared,” said organizer Penelope Chester from inside the hood of a parka.
The march is meant to support women and minorities, “to join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore,” according to a mission statement on the event’s webpage. Everyone, regardless of gender, is welcome.
Interest in the women’s march has swelled since mid-November. Over 230,000 people have RSVP’d on Facebook, celebrities such as Amy Schumer have signed on, and solidarity marches are planned in cities around the world, including Toronto.
The Toronto delegation convened on Nathan Phillips Square last week to film a video about why they’re marching.
“I think it’s really important to show that we collectively are watching and we’re going to be vigilant during these next few years,” said Chester, an American citizen living in Toronto.
It’s not a protest against Trump, Chester stressed, but rather a show of solidarity with those who were targets of sexist and racist statements he made during his campaign.
“We’re not going to stand for discrimination, for injustice,” Chester said.
For many of the women it will be the first march they've ever attended, she added.
“I’ve never advocated for anything in my life, but this is something that I’m passionate about because, if not me than who?” said Kristi Honey, a Canadian who plans on making the trek.
Organizer Marissa McTasney says they’re organizing between four and six buses from Toronto. Democrats Abroad will be sending another two busloads.
And if more people sign up, they’ll find even more.
“We’ll just keep going until there’s no more room on buses and people are hanging off roof racks going across the border,” McTasney said.