Pasadena Women’s March just the start, says Judy Chu
On the steps of Pasadena City Hall, nearly 700 women and allies launched a women’s rally on Jan., 21 to protest against the inauguration of President Donald Trump, and in support of Planned Parenthood and other women’s health issues. The crowd was diverse, something speakers said was a sign of Pasadena’s progressive culture.
“My dignity is tied to your dignity,” Claremont School of Theology Professor Najeeba Syeed said. “If you are not safe, I am not safe.” Syeed, one of the rally’s organizers, spoke to the crowd about school district policies. Other speakers included union leader Judyth Hermosillo, Planned Parenthood Pasadena San Gabriel Valley CEO Sheri Bonner, and U.S. Rep. Judy Chu.
Chu was initially invited to the inauguration, but joined more than 50 of her colleagues in boycotting the event. Although she caught flak on social media for it, she flew back to Los Angeles to attend the women’s marches on Saturday, first attending the Pasadena rally and later making an appearance at the Los Angeles Women’s March.
“There is so much fear and anxiety out there,” Chu said. “We need to raise our voices about our American values.”
Chu also plans to meet with constituents from across the district in round table discussions, with healthcare solutions a top priority along with racial profiling prevention. Minority individuals are now more at risk than ever, Chu said.
She’s not the only one committed to a longer struggle. Hermosillo spoke to the Pasadena crowd about ongoing efforts to protect union jobs and close the gender wage gap, while Bonner spoke about Republican plans to defund the health org. Both said that pushing back against President Trump’s policies would soon become a full-time job, something Chu agreed on.
“We need to work overtime to make sure people are taken care of,” Chu said.