On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the President of the United States. The day following inauguration, Saturday, Jan. 21, more than 200,000 people will organize and march in Washington, DC in the Women’s March on Washington, demonstrating peacefully on the first day of Trump’s presidency. In addition, similar “sister marches” are being organized in cities around the country, including New York City, Hartford, and more.

Organizers of the march say they are motivated by “national and international concern and fear” following the rhetoric of the last election cycle. According to the official march website, the March on Washington DC is meant to send a message to the incoming administration “in numbers too great to ignore” in support of the concept that, “Women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

In addition to women, organizers say the other groups that have been marginalized and “…insulted, demonized, and threatened [are] immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault.”

Thousands of women (as well as a few men) from all over Fairfield County have planned to participate in the marches, scheduling scores of buses that will leave for Washington as early as 1:30 a.m. that Saturday morning in order to be able to arrive for the start of the demonstration. Among those thousands of marchers include many people from Wilton. Plans, information and preparation suggestions are being shared across social media and through email chains.

GOOD Morning Wilton is interested in collecting anecdotes from local readers who are planning on attending the marches about what has motivated them to take part in the demonstration. Respondents have the option of signing full names, first names or initials, or they can leave the space blank and answer anonymously. We’ll publish a follow-up article next Monday, Jan. 16, about why Wilton residents and other GMW readers who are planning to attend want to take part.

Names will not be shared unless respondents include them in the spaces provided below, and the survey can be completed without submitting a name; first names or initials are fine to use if preferred. Sorry, only one answer per user. Submitting information via the survey grants GMW permission to reprint answers. The survey closes on Sunday, Jan. 15 at noon.

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