Midcoast residents participate in women's marches, protests

By Staff | Jan 21, 2017
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest Thousands of people gather Jan. 21 at the Maine State House in Augusta.

Midcoast residents were among those who participated in a day of protests the day following President Donald Trump's inauguration, both here in Maine and in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, Jan. 21, was the date of the Women's March on Washington, organized to rally for women's rights and reproductive freedom, for civil and human rights in general and to support the cause of environmental protection, which many feel are threatened under the new Republican president.

Marches and rallies took place in all 50 states, involving more than 1 million people, according to online press reports. Protests took place in many major cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Denver, New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

In Maine, rallies and marches were held in Augusta, Brunswick, Portland and closer to home in Tenants Harbor and Vinalhaven.

Rockland artist Kim Bernard reserved a charter bus and filled it with Mainers, who took signs with them to Washington, D.C. Other Midcoast residents drove down separately and participated in the event.

Speakers in the nation's capital included feminist icon Gloria Steinem, activist director Michael Moore, singer Madonna and actors Ashley Judd, America Ferrera and Scarlett Johansson.

Trump tweeted in response, "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views."

Marching in Augusta. (Photo by: Sarah Reynolds)
Sending a clear message. (Photo by: Sarah Reynolds)
(Photo by: Sarah Reynolds)
(Photo by: Sarah Reynolds)
Our own Dagney Ernest, left, at the Women's March in Augusta. (Courtesy of: Instagram)
(Photo by: Sarah Reynolds)
Brooke Lowell, fifth from left, of Warren, stands in solidarity with a group of fellow supporters at the Women's March on Washington. (Courtesy of: Facebook)
Susan Lewis Baines of Rockland shows off the sign she took with her to the Women's March in Augusta. (Courtesy of: Facebook)
Nearly 60 people marched in Tenants Harbor in support of women, the environment, civility, human decency, equality and education. (Photo by: Tracy Leavitt)
Reports say more than 10,000 demonstrators were in Augusta today as part of the Women's March. (Photo by: Kate Hewlett)
Maine March participants stopped traffic in Augusta and backed it up on I-95 Saturday morning, Jan. 21. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
The Augusta rally was held behind the Burton Cross building, behind the State House. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Some attendees in Augusta took to the trees. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
The Maine State Capitol provides backdrop to the Jan. 21 Maine Women's March. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
The mostly handmade signs ranged from marker on cardboard to some serious art. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Many signs offer a chuckle. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
The State House offers backdrop for the Jan. 21 Maine Women's March. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Event-appropriate snacks keep marchers going. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
After a lineup of inspiring speakers, the crowd disperses around noon Jan. 21. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
A group from Colby College ventured to the Women's March in Washington to join in the activity. Back fourth from left is Rockland native Hannah Lacasse. (Courtesy of: Instagram)
More than 50 marchers take signs in hand in Tenants Harbor Saturday morning, Jan. 21. (Photo by: Gene Ernest)
The Tenants Harbor march Jan. 21 ran from the St. George Town Office to the post office and back. (Photo by: Gene Ernest)
Fox Island residents hold their Jan. 21 Women's March on Vinalhaven. (Photo by: William Trevaskis)
OUT Maine executive director Jeanne Dooley, right, shows her support at the Women's March in Augusta. (Photo by: Kate Hewlett)
These were sent in from D.C. (Courtesy of: Chelsea Avirett)
(Courtesy of: Chelsea Avirett)
Rockland artist Kim Bernard reserved a charter bus and filled it with Mainers, who took signs with them to Washington, D.C. Other Midcoast residents drove down separately and participated in the event. (Source: Facebook)
Maine residents are part of the march on Washington. (Source: Facebook)
Midcoast residents hold up signs in Washington, D.C. (Source: Facebook)
Comments (31)
Posted by: Iris Joyce | Jan 28, 2017 01:52

Rofl @ daughter Dee! Typical

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 26, 2017 19:39

Re:  Hylton.  I appreciate that the subject was raised.  First, I'll suggest that many, if not most, marchers didn't know who the speakers were to be at the Washington march.  If they did, how many did individual research as to their backgrounds.  Christian, and other, beliefs hold that an individual who repents should be forgiven.  Hylton repented.  The law says that when the penalty for crime has been carried out, individuals have completed their sentence.  That would suggest that our laws expect the penalty to cure the individual of whatever ill caused them to commit the crime.  We know this not to be true in many cases.  This certainly seems to be the constant for crimes against females.  Hylton's childhood was hell.  The crime she was involved in is beyond anything I could have fathomed without reading of it - and I regret that it is in my thoughts, and lay waiting there all these years until I read the story of the crime again.  It came back easily, along with the frank nausea and horror.  I don't know how Hylton got past it, to work to do quite a bit of good.  How did she close out the crime?  Why is she being so hailed?  I honestly don't know, because I think of all the girls and women who have suffered as much as she had, and far more, and didn't commit that level of crime, and who, if they are lucky, are barely given a nod in recognition for leading some semblance of a good and "normal" life, without making headlines.  (I bow to them all).  In this case, a movie is being made of Hylton's life.  Hollywood.  I have to wonder if this doesn't further ingrain the belief that celebrity is everything?  I suspect that I would not attend a march that had as its speaker someone who had been involved in such a heinous crime, and who was now being heralded.  Fortunately, the marchers, in my opinion, were, for the most part, expressing individual thoughts in their protest, not "following" leaders, and not "supporting" any organizers, or speakers,  On the other hand, it is vital to know who is involved in anything one is supporting and what their motivation is.

Posted by: Katie Drinkwater | Jan 26, 2017 08:31

Not Katie Drinkwater, daughter Dee. Iris, go away. Jeff Sukforth, The photo of a pile of signs from the rally is misleading, it fails to show the sign that say "Discard Signs Here"  I was there, saw it.-Dee U.

Posted by: Iris Joyce | Jan 25, 2017 18:16

Don't forget the featured psychopath speaker at this event. Murderer Donna Hylton. Convicted of kidnapping, rape, murder and ransoming of a gay man Thomas Vigliarollo . People are sick!

Posted by: Iris Joyce | Jan 25, 2017 18:05

Still smh, the words came right out of her own mouth on Rachel Maddow lol

Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | Jan 24, 2017 15:43

Glad to hear everyone had fun, just hope the Maine folks brought their signs back with them instead of simply throwing them on the ground like others.

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 24, 2017 12:09

When unattributed words are being used as the voice of the writer, how much of what is written reflects their individual truth.  The comments sounded too pat, so I checked to see if those words were issued elsewhere.  The genesis of the marchers was one woman's post on social media that got picked up by others, as these things do.  It is inaccurate to believe that all marchers held the same beliefs.  I regret my initial comments.  The marchers took direct action.  They are to be lauded for taking action in the name of liberty and human rights.

Posted by: Iris Joyce | Jan 24, 2017 01:16

Just incase you couldn't find it


Posted by: Iris Joyce | Jan 24, 2017 01:04

Quotes are from various sites. I can't help but laugh at you being so worried about were the quotes cane from when Linda Sarsour complains quite clearly about 22 US States having bills against sharia laws.... She says it herself to Rachel Maddow and your still going to defend her lol.......here, Read  sime more and then continue to defend her. I believe she is from Brooklyn lol


Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 23, 2017 23:39

Attribute your quotes.  The majority of the unattributed comment posted by Joyce may have originated from the website, 'The Right To Be Rightist', although a text search yields other rather extreme websites.  I have not changed one word or punctuation in this About-Us description.  Read carefully:  'The Rightists' describe that website as: (an) "independent News platform That allow People and independent Journalist to bring the news directly to the readers. Readers come to us as a source of independent news that not effected from the big channels. This is HYBRID site of news and satire. part of our stories already happens, part, not yet. NOT all of our stories are true!"

Posted by: Iris Joyce | Jan 23, 2017 22:07

Planned Parenthood selling baby body parts. Take note the video is from that fake news channel CNN http://www.lifenews.com/2016/07/14/new-video-exposes-planned-parenthoods-illicit-baby-parts-trafficking-scheme/


Posted by: Iris Joyce | Jan 23, 2017 21:48

Oh look, I found it on youtube :)


Posted by: Iris Joyce | Jan 23, 2017 21:44

BTW I will save you the triuble of searching for the video of Rachel Maddows show. I have no use for her show and I don't want to suffer listening to the drivel so here is a link with the clip of the video. Please make sure you turn your volume up so you can hear her roll that "R" on her tongue as she says "Sharia"


Posted by: Iris Joyce | Jan 23, 2017 21:29

Katie Drinkwater, by all means please tell me more about Linda Sarsour.

Watch her on the Rachel Maddow show complaining that 22 US States have anti sharia bills.

More than once, Sarsour has expressed her support for Sharia Law. On May 12, 2015, for instance, she posted a Twitter message lauding the fact that Sharia forbids money lenders from charging interest on their loans: “You'll know when you're living under Sharia Law if suddenly all your loans & credit cards become interest free. Sound [sic] nice, doesn't it?”

Another tweet from her : If you are still  paying interest than sharia law hasn't taken over america May 12  2015.

In September, Sarsour was a featured speaker at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, a Muslim Brotherhood front group that promotes Sharia Law and Islamic supremacism. The Brotherhood, it should be noted, is the parent group of both Hamas and Al-Qaeda.

In December 2016 in Chicago, Sarsour spoke at the annual (jointly held) convention of the Muslim American Society (whose agendas are dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood) and the Islamic Circle of North America (which, according to Steven Emerson, “openly supports militant Islamic fundamentalist organizations, praises terror attacks, issues incendiary attacks on western values and policies, and supports the imposition of Sharia”). At that convention, Linda Sarsour posed for a picture with Salah Sarsour (no known relation), who was jailed by Israel in the 1990s because of his fundraising activities on behalf of Hamas.

Linda Sarsour actively uses her twitter account to promote Sharia law and claims that if America were under Sharia law, loans from the bank would be interest free.

When Linda Sarsour was questioned on Twitter about the abuses women face under Sharia law, including child marriage, she refused to answer and blocked the person asking from her account.

Just think a half million foolish woman were led by this terrorist. how stupid can one be!! smh"

Posted by: Katie Drinkwater | Jan 23, 2017 19:19

Linda Sarsour, Iris Joyce, is being harasses by Islamaphobes right wing propaganda. One of the American-Palestinian organizers of Womens March on Washington is NOT pro-sharia law.  She is an American citizen just like you. Planned Parenthood selling baby part? No that does not happen. May I remind everyone Fox News is no longer considered a news station, rather an entertainment source as pointed out several years ago. This Uppity Disabled Woman was very proud to March with all nationalities, ages, income brackets, sexes and orientations, families worried about their healthcare and their children's education, government transparency and accountability and hundreds of other reasons. New Age Patriotism for We The People. Don't hate us, maybe try to understand us. You don't have to agree, just be nice. Kathi Westra said it well!______Dee Urquhart

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 23, 2017 18:44

On Planned Parenthood and other accessible services - consider that these services prevent a, (low estimate of), over 600,000 pregnancies.  The prevention of unwanted/unintended pregnancy accomplished by these services far outweighs the ongoing battle with termination of unwanted pregnancy.  Education is key, and is provided, to thwart unwanted pregnancy.  That's number 1. In addition, Planned Parenthood, and other accessible services, do pap smears, hence lowering the numbers on uncontrolled cervical cancer.  Add exams for breast disease, to that.  Add testing for STDs, HIV, etc. 

Posted by: avery brott | Jan 23, 2017 15:27

"If this is all something to be proud of it's completely lost on me."

I've got to agree with you there, Iris.

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 23, 2017 11:28

Ms. Westra's  report is the most valuable I have read anywhere.

Posted by: Iris Joyce | Jan 23, 2017 00:17


Ron, I guess you haven't watched or refused to watch the undercover video's revealing what planned parenthood is all about. You haven't taken notice of the news  articles on planned parenthood selling aborted baby's body parts either. If you feel you need a man card, hey all the power to you. I myself have no use for a woman card as you see I have no use for silly little clubs, I gave those up as I became adult. God created me as a woman, a very unique, strong, outspoken woman who can do many, many things that no man could ever dream of doing and I am very happy with that if he wanted me to be man's equal he would have given me a penis. I have read many news articles, listened to these women's speech's etc. Seeing pictures of their signs reading "Pu$$y Power" ( which made me think oh they are advertising their services lol) seeing their pro abortion signs with big coat hangers. If this is all something to be proud of it's completely lost on me. And let's not forget the fact that one of the organizers " Linda Sarsour" is pro Sharia law ( you do know what that means and how they treat women right?) Sorry but no, none of these things are something to be proud of. Wearing a pussy hat is degrading to women especially for what it means to the ones who wear it (it's a shame). I find it absolutely hilarious that you actually think you can tell me that I am not a woman and I am starting wonder about you being a man.I don't care much for Democrats or Republicans. Can you tell me how many women have lost their rights since the changing of the guard?  I will never understand the warped radical liberal mind and I honestly don't want to. Have a nice night.


Posted by: Kathy Westra | Jan 22, 2017 16:06

As someone who attended the march in Augusta, let me offer a few observations.

First, I'm bothered by the name-calling and generalization in some of these comments. I was there, and I'm wondering how anyone who was not there can claim to know so much about the march and what motivated individuals to attend. I was there along with my partner George and several friends, both male and female. What did we see? We were part of an extremely diverse, peaceful crowd: brown-skinned and white, young and old, gay, straight and transgender, able-bodied and disabled, Native Americans, Somali immigrants, men, women and children. In addition to gender, age, and ethnic diversity, there was great diversity in the issues that brought folks to Augusta yesterday--as evidenced by the signs being carried by participants and the heartfelt personal stories of those who spoke from the podium.

While the overall agenda of the newly minted Trump administration makes me fearful, the two things that motivated me to travel to Augusta were my fear--and that of nearly 80,000 other Mainers--of losing health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and the environmental threats posed by an incoming administration that does not seem to grasp the fact that we live in a state, country and planet with finite resources. The indigenous people at the rally spoke passionately about the fact that our most precious, life-giving resource--water--is under threat from multinational businesses like the Switzerland-based Nestle Waters, which owns Poland Spring and is draining the aquifers that provide drinking water to many Maine towns. Our forests, clean air, clean water, fish and wildlife are a common treasury that belongs to all Mainers; I marched because I do not want to see that treasury plundered for the gain of a few.

I also attended to affirm the Constitution's guarantees of free speech and the right of peaceful assembly--rights that do not seem as secure as they once did.

I wish those who did not attend could have been there. It showed our state at its best: a place where Mainers with many different "agendas" could find common cause in celebrating the things we care about most, for ourselves and our children and grandchildren.

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 22, 2017 15:49

What is the "worst" in "bringing out the worst?"  Opinions that don't rest on patting everyone on the head and saying "good girl?"  Or would it be that with the diverse intentions of the marchers around the world, it all ultimately gets reduced to genitalia and reproductive systems.  The marches were not devoted to Planned Parenthood's existence.  The ability to access safe and legal methods of preventing, and terminating unwanted pregnancy must be upheld, with access to all, but that is but one of the issues - but it's a big one.  I dunno -- given that's the bottom line - -might I add "condoms" to the rhetoric.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jan 22, 2017 14:22

Find it sad that something that was so thoughtfully and tastefully done has brought out the worst in some.  Anger and disdain seem to rule the roost for some.

Posted by: Linda L Post | Jan 22, 2017 13:48

Since when does PP not perform abortions? That is a part of the reason for existence.  So the 40% of non males that voted for Trump aren't " real" women? Disgusting!

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 22, 2017 12:49

Here we have a man revoking a woman's very gender on the basis of her thoughts and opinions - if you think this way... "you are not a woman."  How can that be distinguished from the kind of oppression the marchers are fighting against.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 22, 2017 11:01

Amen Ron ! Nothing wrong a peaceful protest. If electing a blow hard as President is what it takes to stir up things then go girls.

Posted by: Ron Hawkes | Jan 22, 2017 06:42

Iris, planned parenthood does not perform abortions. Also is there a Woman Card like there is a Man Card? Because if you think these women and men marching to protect all women were not brave or you do not support their effort you are not a woman and should have to give that card up. The republican party will move women back to the 19th century if we let them. How long is it going to take you women to understand the Republicans do not care about you. You are only good for a few things to these people. Donald Trump being the leader! 
Thank you to the estimated 2.5 million people that marched for women!!! You are brave, you are strong, you do matter!!

Posted by: Iris Joyce | Jan 22, 2017 02:16

I don't believe these woman are strong at all. All they care about is keeping planned parenthood open so they can continue to kill their babies.Wearing "Pussy Hats" is like saying "look at me I'm a vagina head" and thinking they can use the word "Pussy" as a term of empowerment is hilarious. Pussy in slang will always be a derogatory word referring to a womans vagina  or a slang word meaning "Coward" . It doesn't take a strong woman to kill her baby. It definately takes a strong woman to choose life and have her baby.

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 21, 2017 18:54

Or, perhaps they were brave, after all, and didn't know they needed to be, and there is something to be said for safety in numbers, as long as there are not agitators amongst the crowd.   Canadians were barred from entering the U.S. to participate in the women's March on Washington."  Searched, fingerprinted, and advised not to try to cross the border again for a few months.  Here is one report - I don't know this website, but it the same report as I've seen elsewhere, including the Guardian, and the Denver Post:  http://www.dailydot.com/layer8/canadians-traveling-to-womens-march-denied-us-entry/ 

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 21, 2017 17:07

I don't think they were brave.  By and large these are white and privileged women.  Nothing is very "uppity" if it takes a Trump win to get them to take notice.  Maybe a few will write a letter or attend a local or state government meeting, or run for office.  Maybe. "Uppity Women" don't wait for a group.  I also wonder how many aboriginal women were present at the marches in Australia, or how many marchers gave them a thought.  Here's another take on the march: https://www.colorlines.com/articles/why-im-skipping-womens-march-washington-opinion  But I'm probably just an anomaly, and this is the best thing since sliced white bread.

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Jan 21, 2017 14:07

Bless all the BRAVE, UPPITY WOMEN and their supporters all across America and the world standing up for EQUALITY!

-Phyllis Merriam

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 21, 2017 13:30

I am so proud of the Maine women that marched and stood up against the most Ignorant, Chauvinistic person who claims to be President of all People, but NOT women for sure! God Help America!

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