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Women's March: Whidbey Island, WA

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This is the second in my "Signs of Sisterhood" series of interviews with participants of the Women's Marches which took place all over the country and the globe on January 21st, the day after the inauguration. My guest is Vicki Robin, social innovator, lecturer, writer and author.

Joan Brunwasser: Welcome to OpEdNews, Vicki. I understand that you participated in the Women's March on Saturday. You live near Seattle. Is that where you marched?

Vicki Robin: I live in Langley on Whidbey Island, in a small seaside village of about 1,000 souls. That's where I marched. Or hobbled thanks to arthritis.

JB: Sorry about the arthritis. Langley is a teeny tiny town, perched on the far western edge of our country. What kind of turnout did you get?

VR: We estimated 1,300 people. And over 250 of our most committed women (and some men) went on busses and in carpools to the Seattle march. South Whidbey Island has a population of 14,000 so total we had well over 10% of our population on the streets.

JB: That sounds like a big proportion, especially considering that 250+ went to Seattle. Is Whidbey Island usually such a hotbed of activism?

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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