Several hundred protesters from the Southern Tier traveled to Washington D.C. Saturday to take part in the Women’s March on Washington.
The grassroots effort exploded, drawing tens of thousands to peacefully take to the streets and stand in solidarity, many of them hoping to protect equal rights for all and to make it known that the rhetoric heard along the campaign trail will not be tolerated.
Transportation organizer for the Twin Tiers Ann Campbell said she was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to fill five buses, carrying hundreds of protestors to our nation’s capital.
“I thought ‘Wow I bet we could fill a bus,'” Campbell said. “And within days, actually hours we filled two and added two more until we couldn’t find any more buses. In the last week we found one more and filled that one too. So we had five full buses with 281 people on board.”
Campbell said if there is another event in like Saturday’s march in the future, she’s up for the challenge of figuring out just how to get everyone there. However, she said there’s something much more important that must be done in the meantime.
“It was definitely a learning experience and it was fun to just to organize the logistics for such a big endeavor,” she said. “But now I think we’ve got to get to work at home to make sure that our voices are heard by our elected officials every single day.”