On Anniversary of Women’s March on Washington, “Sister March” Again Planned in Sag Harbor

Protestors pass the space that used to be occupied by the Sag Harbor Cinema as they marched up and down Main Street during the East End Women's March and Rally at the Windmill on Long Wharf that coincided with those around the rest of the country and the world on Saturday, 1/21/17
The East End Women’s March and Rally coincided with those around the rest of the country and the world on Saturday, 1/21/17. Michael Heller photo

By Christine Sampson

Sag Harbor will once again be the site of a “sister march” to the national Women’s March, which will be held around the nation during the weekend of January 20 and 21.

While the official Women’s March organization this year has named its event “Power to the Polls” and has set a date of Sunday, January 21, with an emphasis on voter registration and a location in Las Vegas, many other marches, including Sag Harbor’s, will take place on Saturday, January 20.

Last year’s event drew millions of women, men and children to Washington, D.C., and other cities across the country to stand up for causes including women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, minority rights and the environment, which many felt were threatened under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump. More than 300 people flocked to downtown Sag Harbor on the same day in 2017 to mirror those sentiments.

“Last year, myself and a couple of other moms decided last minute to put together a march in Sag Harbor so that we could bring our daughters,” said Hope Marxe, who obtained permission from the village to hold the march again this year. “We were so incredibly proud and overwhelmed at the incredible turnout. It was very empowering and so important to connect with other people locally. So, at the year anniversary, I decided to do it again.”

Sag Harbor’s march will start at Long Wharf at 11 a.m. and proceed down Main Street before returning to the windmill. Ms. Marxe is in the process of lining up speakers. She suggested people meet ahead of time to make signs to take along the march route.

“There is a huge need for people to find their voice right now, just as there was last year,” she said.

A sister march will also take place in New York City on Saturday, January 20, at 11 a.m., with the rally entrance at 72nd Street and Central Park West.