ITHACA, N.Y. — Bus rides at 3:30 a.m. on a cold morning, a broken down bus, broken and severely delayed metro trains, and nearly 24 hours without sleep — none of it was enough to dampen the spirits of the nearly 400 Ithaca-area people who went to the Women’s March on Washington Saturday morning. Protesters stood for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, affordable health care accessibility, fact-based environmental and global warming policies, immigration reform not driven by fear mongering, and any other issue at center stage in conflict with President Donald Trump’s election.
Three times as many people turned out for the Women’s March on Washington than Trump’s administration, crowd scientists told the New York Times. It’s reported to be the largest
For marchers from the Ithaca area, many said that showing up was about being heard, empowering each other and finding a way to be hopeful in a future where many are vowing to stay involved in local and regional politics with the intention of impacting national policy.
Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson, D-Dryden, said, “People really want to be respected. They want to feel safe. They want to know that their dreams are not going to be impeded by the government. And we’re worried. We’re frankly really worried but amazingly inspired by everything that’s happened around the world.”
She rode to the event with people on one of the 12 buses that left Ithaca for the Washington D.C. march.
She said seeing children and young people at the rally made her excited to the next generation of people “fiercely compassionate and fiercely compassionate about what they believe in and standing up for what’s right.”
Below are more than 50 photos of locals at the March on Washington. Many can be seen wearing purple “Rise Up Ithaca” beanies, making them easy to spot in large crowd shots.
All photos by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice