Hundreds of thousands of people are headed to D.C. for the inauguration and for the Women’s March on Washington. WSKG caught up with one group in the Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania as they prepared for the voyage.
Twin Tiers to D.C. is what the group is calling themselves. Last weekend, they got ready for the march by making posters with phrases like “We’ll show you nasty.”
Angela Button’s poster says, “Feminism: back by popular demand.” She’s a student in Corning and was at President Obama’s inauguration in 2012.
“That was really inspiring at that point,” she said, “so this is a cool experience to go back to D.C. kind of in a different light to say, “No, we’re not going to stop. We need to continue this change and progression.”
Button is just one of 280 people going with the group. Louise Richardson is from Painted Post. She organized the caravan and says as interest grew, so did the number of buses in their fleet.
“We started with two buses and we had so many people that wanted to come that we added a third and a forth, and we were able to get a fifth at the last minute,” Richardson explained. “It’s been terrific for us because everyone is so interested.”
But everyone that is interested isn’t able to go. More than 600 similar marches have popped up all over the globe.
Amanda Champion is leading the March on Ithaca. She said the sister marches shows her a bigger picture.
“People are doing this all over the world and that’s not just a handful of people who are upset. This is a movement,” she added, “This is women standing up for our rights and not taking no for an answer.
Sister marches on Saturday are also happening in Delhi, Oneonta, and Binghamton.