Syracuse women to join thousands for 'March on Washington'

Hundreds of 'Sister Marches' set for day after Trump's inauguration

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - For two Syracuse women and an estimated 200,000 more, marching on Washington the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration is about more than “women’s rights,” – they say, “it’s about all of humanity.”

“1:15 in the morning, we’re getting up and we’re going to Washington to state a point,” said Kim Vulcano, who is heading to the Capitol to march with her daughter.

Melissa Forbes, along with her daughter and her sister, plan to make their voices heard.

“It’s about middle class people. It’s about everyone’s rights. It’s about bigotry,” Forbes said. “It’s about the future of our country.”

Along with those registered for the Women’s March on Washington, there is an estimated 1.3 million more people signed up for worldwide “Sister Marches” also happening on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The number of registrants continues to grow by the hour, but the above number of registrants stands as of Wednesday night before Inauguration.

“Some of the things that were said regarding women, his agenda – things like that were very upsetting to me,” Vulcano said.

Trump’s victory in November sparked protests everywhere, but as his Inauguration Day approaches, many have focused on Washington, D.C.

“For the rest of the world, we kind of look like that we don’t know what’s going on,” Forbes said. “We have to come together, Democrats and Republicans and find out what’s the best way to run America.”

Vulcano and Forbes say they’re most concerned about Trump’s Cabinet picks, especially those for education and the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Change is made throughout the United States’ history,” Vulcano shared. “Small groups – that’s how change is made, so if we want our voices heard we have to ban together and we do have to continue our protest to make this happen.”

Both women say they’re also worried about the uncertainty of funding for Planned Parenthood and the future of Obamacare.

“We will not sit down and watch this happen without a fight and that’s what I hope this shows,” Forbes said.

Women and men unable to make the trip to Washington, D.C., also have the option to register for “Sister Marches” happening at the same time, according to the official website for the Women’s March on Washington.

The Syracuse in Solidarity event was Initiated by The New Feminists for Justice group, with a coalition that includes: Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Black Lives Matter, CNY Solidarity Coalition, Syracuse Peace Council, Syracuse Cultural Workers and 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and the Sierra Club.

According to the Facebook page for the Syracuse in Solidarity event, there are more than 600 people registered to march.

Marches in Central New York:

Syracuse in Solidarity
10 a.m. – January 21st
James M. Hanley Federal Building
100 S. Clinton St., Syracuse

Women’s March
10 a.m. – January 21st
Women's Rights National Historical Park
136 Fall St., Seneca Falls

Women’s March
10 a.m. – January 21st
Ithaca City Hall
108 E Green St., Ithaca

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