Ridgefielders plan to protest at Women’s March in New York City Saturday

Ridgefield residents Aimee Berger Girvalo and Jessica Mancini are heading to New York again this year for the Women’s March.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a statement from the march organizers in regards to comments made on Facebook. 

Organizers for the town chapter of the Women’s March plan to protest in New York City once again at this year’s rally on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Aimee Berger-Girvalo, who organized buses to the first march in Washington, D.C., in January 2017, said the group will be using public transportation to travel into the city.

Ridgefielders who want to attend should meet with the organizers at the bottom of escalators leading to the Metlife building, the terminal’s 45th Street exit. Berger-Girvalo said they plan to leave for Columbus Circle at 9:15 a.m.

Last year, the group chartered buses to New York for the second march, which took place just after the original protest’s one-year anniversary.

Those interested can also message Berger-Girvalo, or fellow organizer Jessica Mancini, through the Women’s March — Ridgefield Chapter group on Facebook.

“Jessica and I will be riding out of Purdy’s Station and would love for anyone to join us on the train ride,” said Berger-Girvalo.

Statement

Addressing comments on Facebook, Mancini and Berger-Girvalo wrote the following statement for The Press:

“For the third year in a row, concerned Ridgefielders will gather in NYC, motivated by our passionate desire to affirm, preserve, protect and defend the universal rights and dignity of all people, and to urgently resist the racism, misogyny, bigotry, and hatred promoted by President Trump and authoritarian leaders around the world.

“Organizers of the Ridgefield Women’s March, along with hundreds of other Women’s March groups nationwide are not associated with the organizers of the Washington DC March, who have embraced exclusionist and anti-semitic positions wholly irreconcilable with our mission and morals.

“We will march in an inclusive affirmation of the dignity and universal rights of all people and a disavowal of all hatred.”

 

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