This is the second part of a two-part story. The other story was in the Feb. 1 edition.

Some of the women who marched in Washington, D.C. Jan. 21 were from the local area or had lived in Hudson. We talked to some of them about their reason for marching, and this article continues our interviews first presented in our Jan. 31 edition.

Inge Orendt

Inge Orendt of Hudson and her husband, Joseph Younger, stayed with friends in D.C. and participated in the march.

"I'm so furious that Trump got elected and disappointed that the American people voted for this man who has so many characters flaws and is going to take us back 50 years on environmental, women issues and Civil Rights," Orendt said.

"The crowd was so thick people got to one place and couldn't move," she said. "They didn't march, they got to a spot and stood."

The crowd, made up of about 80 percent women, wasn't angry, Orendt said. They felt they needed to stand up for what they wanted.

"There is no way Trump will change his mind about anything," Orendt said. "He 's an egomaniac and inflexible. He wants to be a dictator. I want Congress to see that millions of people don't support Trump, and we will be voting."

Orendt said she wanted to be counted and send a message, especially to Congress.

"I think the message is we have to start working at the state level more and make it well known to our senators and congress people exactly how we feel or they will no longer be in office," Orendt said. "That's where a lot of the power is at the state level."

Issues were more than just about women's right and included the environment, immigration and Civil Rights, Orendt said.

"We will not lose the progress we have made in 50 years," she said.

Women wore pink pussyhats to support women's rights and Orendt and her group wore red hats to Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

"How is it acceptable for 31,000 people to die from gun violence every year?" Orendt said. "Only eight people die in Japan per year from gun violence."

People think they are powerless to do anything against the National Rifle Association but that isn't democracy, Orendt said.

Victoria Shepherd

Victoria Shepherd of Hudson marched in D.C. with others.

"The message I heard so clearly was that in order to protect our human rights, dignity and freedom, which are so rapidly being threatened, we all need to organize and fight at a local level," Shepherd said. "We have started a Facebook page called 'Hudson Indivisible."

The purpose of the Facebook page is to help organize like-minded people in an effort to challenge the new administration's decisions on human rights, Shepherd said.

"We want to start organizing locally to further the cause of the march," she said. "We want to appeal to legislators and politician at a local level to make changes in this new administration."

Shepherd said people organize when they're angry and she wanted to show her support at the march and be part of a historical event.

Her daughter, Amelia, who joined her, and was "very impacted by the experience and was blown away with how powerful the world feels when we all stand together," Shepherd said.

Kathleen Labadie, D.M.D.

Hudson resident Kathleen Labadie said she attended the march for many reasons.

"I cannot sit idly by and watch our government turn back the clock and legislate away women's rights," Labadie said. "I do not feel that I should be fighting the same battles over access to reproductive health care that my grandmothers had to fight."

The discourse in the U.S.A. in 2017 should be about how to resolve the gender pay gap, how to ensure that parents have paid maternity and paternity leave, and how to change the fact that by the age of six, girls are less likely than boys to view their gender as "brilliant" (even though girls perform better in school), Labadie said.

"Instead of working toward solutions for these complex issues, we continue to debate whether a woman has the right to make decisions about her own health care," Labadie said. "I wanted to go to Washington to be counted as someone who vocally opposes sexist, racist, and generally prejudicial policies and behaviors, especially because I was fortunate enough to have sufficient time and money to make the trip - millions of women do not have the same luxury."

Although Labadie said she has been private about her political beliefs in the past, she has changed her mind.

"Today's political climate leads me to believe that it is my patriotic duty to stand up in defense of the principles upon which the U.S. was founded - namely, liberty and equality," Labadie said. "At rest stops on the way to D.C., at the metro station in Maryland, and on the streets outside our nation's Capitol, I encountered hundreds of thousands of united individuals - those who believe in the importance of fairness, kindness, and compassion, those who extend a hand to help the next person in line."

Liane Edge

Liane Edge of New Franklin is a physical therapist who works with people with disabilities and with immigrants. Edge said she was looking for some affirmation of human nature after the nasty election campaign.

She said marchers were positive, supportive and in good spirits as she walked from the RFK Stadium toward the mall.

Some people were quite angry with Trump and chanted against him, "Welcome to your first day. We will not go away," Edge said.

Obamacare is not perfect and could be revised to be more affordable for everyone but to scrap it without a plan in place is irresponsible, Edge said.

"They may not be able to get insurance because they have preexisting conditions," Edge said. "My [school] children, because they're disabled, are covered under Medicaid but their families may not be. I feel healthcare if a human right and I don't understand why the United States doesn't have that understanding."

People should get involved and sign petitions.

"I called a representative about delaying the repeal of Obamacare and to look at it closer instead of a knee jerk reaction," Edge said. "I think it's time we stand up or shut up."

Heidi Herendeen

Heidi Herendeen, a former Hudson resident who now lives in Washington, said she joined the march when it became more inclusive and progressive.

"My motivation was to be seen and to be heard and to be counted and show a face of not wanting to lose hard-won ground as we move forward with the new administration," Herendeen said. "It's important to me to peacefully assemble, to demonstrate, to have that unified voice of the group."

The march wasn't for any one particular cause, Herendeen said. Women wanted to be seen and heard and show their unity. Different groups marched shoulder to shoulder.

My favorite chant was "This is what democracy looks like."

Herendeen, who is active politically on the local level in Washington, said the march spurred her to turn up the heat and not lose the momentum.

"All these issues are around and people have different methods for solving them," Herendeen said. "No matter what your politics are, if you're not engaged, you're not helping the process."

Casey Weinstein

Not all the marchers were women. Hudson Council member Casey Weinstein along with his wife, Amanda, and daughter, Nora, 2, joined with the men and women in the march.

"Being part of that massive crowd was invigorating and truly memorable," Weinstein said. "It's important for me to show my wife and daughter that I (and many men) stand with them and all women in fighting for equal treatment and equal rights for all, which in the end benefits us all."


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