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Signs of Sisterhood: Inside the Women's March in Chicago

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My guest today is Yael Brunwasser*, a participant at the Women's March in Chicago the day after the inauguration.

Joan Brunwasser: Welcome to OpEdNews, Yael. Why did you attend the march?

Yael Brunwasser: It was important for me to stand in solidarity with women all over the country (and world!) who refuse to be plunged back in time with our rights revoked. Trump has been so blatantly disrespectful and misogynistic, it's appalling. It was incredibly empowering to be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of marchers in Chicago who stand for equality and human rights. The march was started by women, but came to represent all minorities and discriminated groups that Trump has targeted with hateful rhetoric. This is what democracy is about and it was truly energizing to take that power back and express our frustrations and demands of this new administration. We will not be silenced.

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JB: Are you usually pretty political? Were you very involved in the presidential campaign? How did you get to this point?

YB: Admittedly, I'm not very political. I'm more socially inclined, through NGOs. This campaign upset me to my core and I started paying much closer attention. The rhetoric was different. It infuriated me to hear a politician vying for the highest position in our land, speak with such hate, ignorance and sexism. I couldn't believe our country could support such a candidate. Now that he is elected, I think it's crucial to raise our voices and rise up. There is strength in numbers and this Women's March is proof. We can accomplish so much more when we are united and allies come together. I hope this march will ignite the passion of so many women and other marginalized groups and remind us that this is only the beginning of this effort. The work has only just begun.

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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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