Norwalk activists hope Women's March leads to political action

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This weekend marks one year since the largest single-day demonstration in American history, the Women's March, where millions of people took to the streets the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration.

This year there are events planned across the country, some with names like March to the Polls or Power to the Polls. The themes are more about political activism than outrage over election results.

Tina Duryea, of Norwalk, says she'll wear a blue hat this year instead of a pink one. She says it's an example of the theme, pushing to elect more women and progressive candidates in a sort of blue wave, the color associated with the Democrats.

Marchers with a range of liberal ideals, from gun control to LGBT rights to the Black Lives Matter movement, will come together to mark the anniversary.

Kara Baekey says her goal is gun violence prevention. She's the founder of Fairfield County's chapter of Mom's Demand Action.

"I think that thousands upon thousands of people have come out of the woodwork to raise their voices for the issues that are important to them," she says. 

She will join a march in Hartford Saturday. It begins at the state Capitol and runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Metro-North says it is adding trains to New York as well, because the march there is expected to be one of the largest anniversary demonstrations.

It begins at 72nd Street and Central Park West and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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