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When President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, organizers of the National Women’s March announced a march on Washington, D.C. on Oct. 17.
Aurora resident Jennifer Perkins, a special education teacher for visually impaired students in the Fox Valley, said she waited for news about other local marches that she could join.
“Chicago always signs on, always follows suit – Los Angeles and New York,” Perkins said. “Then for a gamut of reasons, they did not want a large march in Chicago, but to focus efforts in local communities.”
So she stepped up and now the Together We Rise Women’s March in Kane County is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday along major intersections on Randall Road from Aurora to Algonquin.
The goal is to support women’s rights, access to health care, to get the vote out – and to vote out President Trump, Perkins said.
The belief is that Coney, a conservative Catholic, would be the swing vote to end the Affordable Care Act and access to abortion as decided in Row vs. Wade.
Trump Tweeted in 2015, “If I win the presidency, my judicial appointments will do the right thing, unlike Bush’s appointee John Roberts on ObamaCare.”
Also under scrutiny is Coney’s anti-abortion opinions, presented in 2013 to a Right to Life club at the University of Notre Dam.
“It’s not just Trump’s choice, the American people have a choice,” Perkins said.
She recounted how the Senate would not hold hearings on President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, because there were nine months to go before the 2016 election.
“So now with less than 30 days to the election Nov. 3, they are still forcing through a hearing about this person,” Perkins said. “It’s such a hypocritical and underhanded way to undo the Affordable Care Act and Roe vs. Wade. Health care is a feminist issue. The biggest thing is pre-existing conditions related to women will be taken away after the ACA is taken away. It’s astounding.
Perkins said nationwide, 78,000 women have signed up to participate in various local events, Perkins said.
“One of our mottos is pushing women to be all in to vote him out,” Perkins said, referring to Trump.
For the Kane County march, 178 signed up on the national website, 75 notified the Facebook account that they are going and 150 said they are interested, Perkins said.
“This is a family-friendly event. Bring your kids, your grandmas and your signs,” Perkins said. “This is a fight for all of us – specifically for women’s rights and to get the vote out. My grandma is 75 years old and made a sign when she was marching for feminism. She said, ‘I can’t believe I still have to march for this.’”
Being very cautious about the COVID-19 pandemic, participants can choose to cover various intersections or stand as far apart as they want on 28 miles of Randall Road designated for the event, Perkins said.
Perkins said participants can bring chairs because being outside standing for two hours can be tiring.
Though people can just show up to participate, Perkins said they like to have people sign up through womensmarch.com to give them an idea of how many will there.
Prospective participants can also email her at JMYPerkins@gmail.com.