Sag Harbor Women's March Draws Hundreds

Hundreds marched in Sag Harbor on Saturday. Durell Godfrey

On a windy but warmer Saturday, a year to the day after Donald Trump's inauguration as president and the same day a U.S. government shutdown was initiated at midnight, people from across the East End gathered for a women's march in Sag Harbor. Spanning the age spectrum from baby to oldster, some 350 to 400 people turned out to hear Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming and several others, including a Pierson High School senior who started the school's first feminist club, speak to loud cheers and much sign waving.

From a former critical care nurse advocating "Medicare for everyone from cradle to grave" to a small boy holding a hand-drawn sign with "Respeto Para Todos" on it, the overriding message was that people are fed up with President Trump's policies on and the way he speaks about everyone and, including immigrants, the new tax bill, and the environment.

Linda Bird Francke held four 1920s suffragette flags found 20 years ago in the attic of an East Hampton barn set to be demolished, children marched with their parents holding signs they had made themselves, and one women held a female park ranger doll wearing a sign that said "Resist."

From the tax law to the President Trump's assault on environmental regulations, the most pressing agenda seemed to be to get out the vote in November and, locally, to get rid of Representative Lee Zeldin.

The event, one of many across the country this weekend, comes a year after women's marches that drew millions to the streets around the country and across the world in what was said to be the largest global human rights event in history. Large marches took place Saturday in New York City and Washington, with the flagship women's march set to take place on Sunday in Las Vegas.

The pink pussy hats made famous by last year's Women's March on Washington and sister events were well represented in Sag Harbor.Durell Godfrey
Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming addressed the crowd before and after the march. Durell Godfrey
"Baby Girl Power"Durell Godfrey
A young marcherDurell Godfrey
Vote, vote, vote was an overwhelming message.Durell Godfrey