QA del­e­ga­tion at­tends Women’s March

Record Observer - - Front Page - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­pub.com

WASH­ING­TON —A bus packed with Queen Anne’s County res­i­dents went to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., for the Women’s’ March on Satur­day, Jan. 21, lend­ing their voice to other marchers from across the coun­try.

At about 10 a.m., a rally was held fea­tur­ing na­tion­ally rec­og­nized ad­vo­cates, artists, en­ter­tain­ers and celebrity per­form­ers. Af­ter­ward, those in at­ten­dance held the tra­di­tional march, as much as they could with the crowd.

The pur­pose, said Queen

Anne’s County res­i­dents, was for women’s rights, to give other mi­nori­ties a voice, and to send a mes­sage to new Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

A to­tal of 55 peo­ple from Queen Anne’s County went aboard one bus to the march, said Dorotheann Sadusky, pres­i­dent of the county Demo­cratic Club, which spon­sored the del­e­ga­tion in part­ner­ship with the Demo­cratic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of Queen Anne’s County.

The bus was full and peo­ple on the wait­ing list pre­sum­ably went by other trans­porta­tion, she added.

“Ev­ery part of Queen Anne’s County was rep­re­sented at the Women’s March. We had men and women of all ages,” Sadusky said.

The driz­zle in the morn­ing didn’t pre­vent any­one from at­tend­ing the event, said Sadusky, and the group got there at 8:30 a.m. and the bus left at 4:30 p.m. Dur­ing that time, the group lis­tened to pre­sen­ters for three and a half hours to four hours. And then they marched as close to the White House as the se­cu­rity al­lowed.

“I think this was a demon­stra­tion of love and con­cern for our coun­try. The group go­ing were of var­i­ous peo­ple with var­i­ous ex­pe­ri­ences.”

The del­e­ga­tion wasn’t asked why they were go­ing, but in­stead “it was a col­lec­tive voice for women’s equal­ity and fair­ness to all,” Sadusky said.

She said many mem­bers of the group felt “threat­ened” and “in­sulted” by what Pres­i­dent Trump had said and the group went to show the pres­i­dent that “we will stand to­gether and we are send­ing a mes­sage to our new gov­ern­ment.”

Sadusky said she also marched for a per­sonal rea­son. “I marched be­cause I want my grand­daugh­ter (Amelia) to have the op­por­tu­ni­ties and ben­e­fits she de­serves with­out an­guish of the un­cer­tainty we now face.”

The Queen Anne’s County group showed sol­i­dar­ity by wear­ing Mary­land flag scarfs.

Elaine McNeil, chair­man of the Demo­cratic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of Queen Anne’s County, helped or­ga­nize the bus trip. “It was fan­tas­tic. It was just a great day. There wasn’t a bad mo­ment,” she said.

The group marched, but there was such a big crowd, “you had to keep mov­ing,” yet there was “a lot of good feel­ing.”

Dorothy Car­pen­ter of Crump­ton was one of those who didn’t go on the bus. She went down and stayed with friends in Vir­ginia and took the Metro in.

It took a long time to get to the march, she said, and the Metro was packed shoul­der-to-shoul­der, but the peo­ple were “joy­ful and kind” to each other.

Car­pen­ter missed the speeches, but did march. “It was so crowded. So we marched down the street. The marchers over­flowed onto the side­walks and the grass,” she said.

Car­pen­ter said she went to “stand for peo­ple who don’t seem to have a voice,” and those peo­ple of dif­fer­ent races, re­li­gions and al­ter­na­tive life­styles.

“I was elated that the we stood to­gether for hu­man rights. I left the march with op­ti­mism. I felt our coun­try has the abil­ity to move for­ward by stand­ing to­gether for all peo­ple,” she said.

Jay Fal­stad of Milling­ton took his mother, Bar­bara Fal­stad, to the march. “It was in­cred­i­ble to stand with hun­dreds of thou­sands of women, men, young, old and ev­ery­body in be­tween,” Jay Fal­stad said.

“I went to the woman’s march to show sup­port for women,” Fal­stad said. “It was an amaz­ing scene. For me, as a son of a mother, a fa­ther of a daugh­ter, and the hus­band of an amaz­ing wife, this wasn’t a protest to­ward any­one in par­tic­u­lar, but rather a show of sup­port for woman in their pur­suit of fair and equal treat­ment and sup­port for the is­sues they care about.”

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin also went, join­ing in three gen­er­a­tions of the women in his fam­ily, in­clud­ing his wife, daugh­ter, two grand­daugh­ters, and a niece, said the sen­a­tor’s spokesman, Sue Wal­it­sky.

“The mes­sage of the march was to stand up for women and their rights. As Hil­lary Clin­ton said, women’s rights are hu­man rights. This was the mantra for (nearly) ev­ery­one who went up there, plenty of signs that said that,” Wal­it­sky said.

Cardin has rein­tro­duced a res­o­lu­tion in the U.S. Se­nate, ask­ing that the dead­line for the Equal Rights Amend­ments be re­moved so three more states can rat­ify it, mak­ing it an amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion.

PHOTO BY TED MCNEIL

A del­e­ga­tion from Queen Anne’s County trav­eled by bus to the Women’s March held in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., on Satur­day, Jan. 21.

PHOTO COURTESY DOROTHY CAR­PEN­TER

Friends, from left, De­bra Le­wandowski Beard of Spring­field, Va., Dorothy Car­pen­ter of Crump­ton, Sher­rie von Stern­berg of Crump­ton and Natasha Humes of Mel­bourne, Fla., at­tend the the Women’s March to spread the mes­sage, “Jus­tice for All.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Jay Fal­stad of Milling­ton, right, took his mother, Bar­bara Fal­stad, left, to the Women’s March

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Women’s March in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., on Satur­day, Jan. 21, in­cluded Queen Anne’s County res­i­dents. Some trav­eled by char­ter bus; oth­ers went on their own.

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