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To the Editor:
Republican candidate for 18th District State Representative Mary Fay claimed on WFSB’s Face the State on Sunday that “I haven’t seen anything discriminatory come out of his administration” in reference to President Trump. I fear Ms. Fay is woefully out of touch. However, the people of West Hartford are not.
My name is Sarah Raskin and I am one of the organizers of Women’s March Connecticut along with Jillian Gilchrest. For the first march in January 2017, we organized 80 buses of people to travel to the DC march, while 10,000 more marched in Hartford and other towns in Connecticut. The town with the largest number of bus riders was West Hartford. And they have not become complacent. Ten thousand came out again this past January. These marchers understand what Mary Fay does not. The policies of the Trump administration touch each and every one of us here in West Hartford.
The Trump administration is full of both rhetoric and policies that are indeed discriminatory. Just ask any of our neighbors who respect a woman’s right to live free from sexual harassment and violence about Trump’s many statements both derogatory to women and in defense of men who have assaulted women. Ask any neighbor who values a woman’s right to control her reproduction and healthcare about policies that are slowly chipping away at this right, including anti-choice nominees to the Supreme Court and changes in federal funding that allow denial of contraceptive coverage. Ask any of our transgender neighbors who want to openly serve in the military or who fear Trump’s judicial nominees with anti-LGBTQ records. Ask our Muslim neighbors about attempted discriminatory travel bans. Or our immigrant neighbors who face deportation or those who live in fear that he will go back on our promise to DREAMers.
West Hartford is a community that cares about our neighbors and that does not deny discrimination when it occurs. Join me in supporting Jillian Gilchrest.