By Jesse Wood
An estimated 100 people attended the women’s march vigil in downtown Boone on Saturday. Marg McKinney and Paula Finck organized the event.
“It was great, really great,” McKinney said on Monday morning. “I talked to several people who were interested in marching or doing something, but a lot of those folks really wanted to do something quiet … and that’s exactly what we did.”
McKinney said that those in attendance wanted to express solidarity with everyone marching at the Women’s March on Washington and the sister marches around the country.
“We also wanted to get people to realize that we can’t just stand around and feel bad and grump. We have to do something. We have to find out what it is we can do and I think there were a lot of contacts made amongst people standing around and talking about what they could do.”
The gathering started with a 15-minute period of reflection and solidarity. Organizers released this statement prior to the gathering and encouraged folks not to mention Donald Trump’s name or exhibit negativity:
“The rhetoric of the past several months has been demeaning and threatening. It’s time to stand together, to show our strength and determination to bring justice, protection, and security to all women, their families and everyone else who shares this planet. Please honor the peace of this assembly. It’s a counterbalance to the harshness we’ve all experienced lately and honors the feelings of those among us who want to stand for justice but are uncomfortable in the noise of demonstrations or marches.”