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Women’s March returns to Seneca Falls Jan. 20

A day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, roughly 10,000 people came to the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement to protest his political and social agenda. It was part of a nationwide reaction to Trump’s election.

Women’s March organizer Melina Carnicelli of Auburn said a newly formed group, Pre-Sisters for Women’s Equality, plans to conduct a rally at 10 a.m. Jan. 20, in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration. It will begin at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park on Fall Street, the same starting point for the 2017 event.

“We were not sure what policies the new President was going to pursue, but we were fearful, based on the 2016 campaign rhetoric,” said organizer Leah Ntuala, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls. “Many of our worst fears have been realized after 11 months.

“Many of us continue to be concerned over issues such as pay equity, gender parity, passing an Equal Rights Amendment, protecting reproductive rights, protecting the LGBTQ community, environmental justice, fair treatment of immigrants and the disabled, sexism, racism, violence against women, all of which are nonpartisan, non-ideological issues. We feel it’s important to keep up resisting bad policies that reverse progress on those issues. They are nonpartisan issues.”

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