By Sabina Mollot
Politically minded members of the community were split this past weekend on where they wanted to do their marching, with some heading to Washington, DC and others opting for the hometown event.
Local elected officials who marched in Manhattan however, included State Senator Brad Hoylman, Council Member Dan Garodnick, Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Borough President Gale Brewer.
Brewer, spotted wading through the crowd at one point, told Town & Village, “This is one of the most exciting marches, if not the most exciting, I’ve ever seen. Sixty-three percent of the people who are marching around the country have never marched before. People are angry and upset and it really makes a difference.”
Maloney was seen carrying a sign promoting the creation of a women’s history museum, a project she’s been pushing for years, and later she spoke up about defending reproductive rights. Two days after the march, which was the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Maloney also issued a statement, saying, “On this anniversary, I remain committed to protecting every woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body and her family and ensuring access to healthcare.”
Garodnick, who spoke from a podium at the march, later called the event “an inspiring display of solidarity in the face of an uncertain future.”
Others at the event included members of local political clubs like Tilden Democrats, Eleanor Roosevelt Democrats, Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats and Coalition for a District Alternative.
Keith Powers, a City Council candidate and Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association board member, was at the Manhattan march while Susan Steinberg, president of the Tenants Association, was in Washington. Steinberg mentioned her homemade sign featuring Tweety Bird with comb-over got the interest of a local news reporter who then interviewed her.
Another City Council candidate and co-president of the GSID Club, Marti Speranza, was also in Washington.
Later, after cell phone service was restored locally following a lack of service during the massive event, Speranza told Town & Village, “The scene there, like the experience in New York City was beyond uplifting. I absolutely loved it when Gloria Steinem told us, ‘Remember, the Constitution doesn’t begin with ‘I, the President,’ it begins with ‘we the people.’”