2019 marks the third year of the annual women’s march and as the snow came down, the women showed up in Seneca Falls Saturday afternoon.
In the crowd of a thousand people, members from the Geneva Women’s Assembly marched in solidarity, activism and social justice for not only women, but everyone.
Lead organizer of the march, Melina Carnicelli, said to her it’s truly about giving women of today, yesterday and the future a voice.
As they marched down a main street of Seneca Falls, they shouted “love not hate, that’s what makes America great.”
This year has been plagued by more obstacles than years prior, both because of the government shutdown, the weather, and issues with national organizers of the march.
“Women’s Rights national park where we held it the first year and last year is a national park, pulled our permit because the government is shutdown and we can’t even be in the public spaces unless we pay $15,000,” said Melina Carnicelli, lead organizer for the Women’s March in Seneca Falls.
That’s not the only struggle the Women’s March faced this year. At the national level, some of the major sponsors of the event, like the democratic national committee, pulled out after one of the march’s leaders faced accusations of anti-semitism.
“While we understand that that happened, that’s not our scenario here in Seneca Falls. We have been grassroots from the beginning and are not part of that rift and we are inclusive 100 percent,” said Carnicelli.
For marchers like Carnicelli and others, despite the weather and all the controversy over the shutdown, and the national organizers, there’s one reason they marched today–women.
“I have a very strong background of strong women in my family so I felt it was my duty to keep going, so this is my third year, and my second with the Seneca Falls team, and I love it, I love them,” said Sandra Shutter, another organizer.
These marches happened all over the country Saturday. The first one began in D.C. in response to Donald Trump being elected, and since then, cities all over the country have continued the tradition.