WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A day after inauguration, men and women from across the country pouring into our nation's capital once again for the Women's March on Washington. Two local women looking to have their voices heard made the trip.
Elizabeth Brooks Hahn, Chair of the Columbia County Democratic Party, says following the march, the attendees cannot become complacent.
Men and women from all over traveled to Washington, D.C., fighting for what they say are their fundamental rights. Elizabeth Brooks Hahn is the Chair of the Columbia County Democratic Party. She says she is in Washington representing her county, and as a mother of two daughters.
"I want them to know that we don't have to accept words that are unacceptable," said Hahn. "(And) that they can stand up as strong women and be respected."
Hahn says she wants to bring back a spirit of hope to the folks in Columbia County.
"This is just a start," said Hahn. "One of the things we’ve talked about is that doing a march like this should not be an end. We should not all come out here and feel happy then become complacent."
There was some strong language directed at newly sworn in President Donald Trump Saturday. The march preached nonviolence, but the attendees certainly made their voices heard.
"He's saying we're not going to allow Muslims, we’re not going to allow women to have access, we’re not going to allow any of you who are not a white man have access to anything. That's hateful," said Emily Greene from Augusta.
Greene says she wants people back home to get involved, whether it be local politics, human rights, or rape crisis centers, like the one at which Emily volunteers.
"We all want to fix everything," said Greene. "So many different rights are at stake right now. You can't be everywhere at once."
Both return down south at the end of the weekend, and say they will continue to try to inspire change.