STAMFORD, Conn. — With looks of determination on their faces, over 1,000 people converged Saturday on the downtown Mill River Park, carrying signs, posters and banners for the Women’s March on Stamford.
The noon event will include an hour of speakers in the park, followed by a march around the blocks that circle the Trump Parc building at Broad Street and Washington Boulevard.
The event is one of hundreds taking place at the same time as the huge Women’s March on Washington, set for President Donald Trump's first day of office.
Washington Boulevard will be closed in both directions between Broad and Main streets between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
There will also be rolling temporary closures on these roads as the march progresses:
- Broad Street, between Washington Boulevard and Summer Street
- Summer Street, south of Broad Street
- Main Street, west of Summer Street
The Stamford event offers a local alternative to the Women's March on Washington, and is one of hundreds planned across the nation. It is a platform for supporters of equality to rally and march to promote civil rights for everyone without regard for gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion or creed, said organizer Lisa Boyne of Fairfield.
"Locals are so happy to be a part of this movement locally, where we live, where our legislators govern and where the new administrations policies will hit at home," Boyne said.
Speakers will include:
- Stamford Mayor David Martin;
- U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District);
- Lisa Bloom, CNN contributor, author and women's rights attorney;
- Jill Reis, board member with the National Organization of Women;
- Gretchen Raffa, director of public policy, advocacy & strategic engagement of Southern New England for Planned Parenthood;
- Jack Bryant, president of the Stamford chapter of the NAACP; and
- Lisa Worth Huber, chair of the National Peace Academy.
Hundreds of marches were being held Saturday across the nation, including in D.C., Stamford, Hartford, New York City, Boston and beyond.