Several Los Alamites are wending their way to Washington, D.C., to participate in Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. An even larger contingent plan to attend the sister march in Santa Fe the same day.
The Washington event – initiated with a Facebook page created by retiree Teresa Shook of Hawaii to protest Donald Trump’s presidency – is expected to be the largest inaugural protest in history. Organizers anticipate as many as 200,000 participants.
Some of the Los Alamos marchers preferred to remain anonymous, but others were willing to talk about their reasons for participating, including Laura Liles. The Los Alamos Monitor reached her on her way down to Albuquerque with her significant other, Donald Jones, to catch a bus to Washington.
“I was so gutted when Trump won, and I felt I had to do something,” Liles said. “I was just so depressed, and then this came up and I thought, this is some focus for my energy.”
Liles has participated in local demonstrations, “but I’ve never gotten on a bus with a bunch of like-minded people and gone cross-country. At the age at which I would have done that I had other things going on in my life and it just didn’t seem appropriate. But now I’m retired and I can get into all the trouble I want.”