HARTFORD - Thousands marched to the Connecticut State Capital on Saturday to protest inequality in the rights and treatment of women. It was the second year of the Women's March, the first occurring one year ago on the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The first march, held on Jan. 21, 2017, was partly in response to comments the President had made about women during his campaign.
Capital Police estimate that more than 10,000 people gathered in Hartford on Saturday. Among them were several UCC clergy including Conference Minister the Rev. Kent Siladi. Many marched from Bushnell Park, calling for change as they walked, and effectively closing nearby streets for nearly an hour as they neared the capital. Over a dozen speakers addressed the crowd covering the back lawn of the state capital.
News outlets reported thousands of similar events around the globe on Saturday, including reports of half a million gathering in Los Angeles, and over 300,000 in Chicago.
Here in Hartford, Rev. Kristen Provost Switzer, Associate Pastor for Youth and Mission at Newtown Congregational Church, UCC, attended for the second year.
"The 2018 Women’s March helped me to remember that like the Triune God and our own worshipping communities, we are so much stronger together than we could ever be on our own," said Provost Switzer.