Dispatch from the Stamford March

About 5,000 people – about four times larger than expected – leant their voice and signs to the Woman’s March on Stamford with a common purpose: putting President Donald Trump on notice.

The march, one of hundreds across the country and around the world that coincided with the main event in Washington, drew a broad mix of men and women, young and old, races, religions and political parties to Mill River Park in Stamford.

The event brought together people with a broad array of concerns from women’s rights and racism to healthcare and civil rights that were addressed by Stamford Mayor David Martin, State Representative William Tong, march organizer Lisa Boyne and representatives from Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Yet while the concerns were wide-ranging, the marchers who circled the blocks surrounding Trump Parc luxury condominium had a singular focus in giving voice to issues that are being ignored by President Trump. Many protestors carried signs with some declaring “We are united against hate” and “peace is our way.”

“President Trump isn’t a good role model,” Aisha Memon, a 13-year-old Muslim from Norwalk, told protestors prior to the start of the march. “He made fun of disabled people and has said racist things about African-Americans, Muslims and Hispanics.”

President Trump’s actions give permission to people to do and say things that would have been unthinkable in the past.

“What scares me the most is that kids in my school think it’s OK to say things because they’ve heard the president say them on TV,” Memon said. “When President Trump disrespects women, it gives permission for boys in my class to disrespect me and my friends. When Trump says he wants to ban Muslim immigrants, it gives permission for kids to call me a terrorist.”