Senator Richard Blumenthal, 4th District Congressman Jim Himes and 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty participated in the Women's March on Washington Saturday. Senator Chris Murphy opened his home to marchers. There were several buses that left from Connecticut to Washington, D.C. and to a sister event in New York City. Esty says she stood strong with people who are concerned that their rights not be taken away and that progress toward greater equality is made. She said it was also important to show support for the same access to health care that everyone has.
Connecticut Students for a Dream had a contingency of undocumented women attending the Women's March in Washington. 80 buses from Stamford, Danbury, Hartford, UConn Storrs, Norwalk, and New Haven descended on the capital with a message of unity. The groups stood together to protect the rights of women, people of color and for economic justice. Angelica Idrovo of Danbury said she marched to honor a heritage of fearless women.
Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill joined the Women's March in New York City,. She says wether it's Connecticut, New York and Washington, it's time to be heard about the issues that define this country. Merrill said we must be forceful in defense of women, immigrants, education, the healthcare of all Americans. The Eleanor’s Legacy organization invited her to join the march. Merrill said as much as the inauguration is a pivotal historical event, the right to dissent is equally relevant at this moment in history.
Governor Dannel Malloy and Comptroller Kevin Lembo participated in the Women’s March on Hartford. The local event was a sister rally of the national Women’s March on Washington – a peaceful demonstration in support of the protection of the rights, safety, and health of people and families across the country. Lembo said that Connecticut knows how to rally for rights, and noted that he joined with thousands of others called to action.