by Dominique Claire Shuminova
At 4:26am, on Saturday, January 21, 49 women and high school girls, three men and a 4-year-old boy convened at the corner of Highbrook and 2nd Street and boarded a charter bus – captained by Village of Pelham Trustee Xaira M. Ferrara – bound for our nation’s capital.
Later that day, at the Women’s March on Washington, DC, they were joined by many other Pelham residents, and still more participated in the NYC march. Over 1% of the U.S. population took to the streets to march for women’s rights in 526 different marches across the country according to Jeremy Pressman, professor of political science at the University of Connecticut.
Two months ago Smeeta Khetarpaul – Pelham resident and mother of two – launched her photography project “100 Portraits of Hope” in which ordinary people express their hopes for the future as a way to find common ground, and it has been gaining national attention. “My personal purpose in attending the march was to show solidarity to people who feel their voices need to be heard,” she said. “I was also curious. It was an extremely positive experience. The people I spoke with were focused on the issues and on their hopes for the future.” (www.100portraitsofhope.com, Instagram: @100PortraitsofHope)