QA delegation attends Women’s March
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.
A delegation from Queen Anne’s County traveled by bus to the Women’s March held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Jan. 21.
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.”
Jay Falstad of Millington, right, took his mother, Barbara Falstad, left, to the Women’s March
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.