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PRESS PHOTO BY DENNIS GLEWSigns everywhere! A lively, engaged crowd came to the Women’s March prepared to make their opinions known. Coverage of the local rally begins on page A3. Coverage of the PRESS PHOTO BY DENNIS GLEWSigns everywhere! A lively, engaged crowd came to the Women’s March prepared to make their opinions known. Coverage of the local rally begins on page A3. Coverage of the
Georgia Skuza (right), chief organizer of the march with her mother, Alison Skuza. Georgia put everything together for the march - reserving Payrow Plaza, identifying and inviting speakers, arranging for audio equipment - in just 10 days. She was aided by Tara Zrinski and Karen Hicks. Georgia Skuza (right), chief organizer of the march with her mother, Alison Skuza. Georgia put everything together for the march - reserving Payrow Plaza, identifying and inviting speakers, arranging for audio equipment - in just 10 days. She was aided by Tara Zrinski and Karen Hicks.
Susan Wild, recently elected to the House of Representatives for the 7th District of Pennsylvania, spoke about the roles and influence of women in the new Congress. Susan Wild, recently elected to the House of Representatives for the 7th District of Pennsylvania, spoke about the roles and influence of women in the new Congress.
In a crowd that trended older, students receive a cordial welcome. In a crowd that trended older, students receive a cordial welcome.
Tara Zrinski, representing the Northampton County Council, warmed up the audience with a lively speech. Her message, summed up in a sign carried by her son, was “Our Power is Love.” Tara Zrinski, representing the Northampton County Council, warmed up the audience with a lively speech. Her message, summed up in a sign carried by her son, was “Our Power is Love.”
PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS GLEWFriends greeting friends was a common occurrence at the March. Here Professor Kelly Denton-Borhaug of Moravian College is hugged by Rev. Elizabeth Hoffman Reed, a local pastor and member of the Poor People’s Campaign Pennsylvania. PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS GLEWFriends greeting friends was a common occurrence at the March. Here Professor Kelly Denton-Borhaug of Moravian College is hugged by Rev. Elizabeth Hoffman Reed, a local pastor and member of the Poor People’s Campaign Pennsylvania.
Colorful and clever signs carried pointed messages for the White House. Colorful and clever signs carried pointed messages for the White House.
Females attending the march included the Greek goddess, Artemis, who is represented in Greek mythology as a ferocious defender of everything female. Rebecca Migdal, proprietor of Book & Puppet Company, Easton, brought a puppet of Artemis to the march. Females attending the march included the Greek goddess, Artemis, who is represented in Greek mythology as a ferocious defender of everything female. Rebecca Migdal, proprietor of Book & Puppet Company, Easton, brought a puppet of Artemis to the march.
Ashleigh Strange, who is well known to listeners of WDIY, the local NPR station, offered her perspective on women’s issues as a person of color. Ashleigh Strange, who is well known to listeners of WDIY, the local NPR station, offered her perspective on women’s issues as a person of color.
3353 There was no missing the edge of many attendees’ views on national politics. 3353 There was no missing the edge of many attendees’ views on national politics.

Women’s rights are human rights

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by Dorothy Glew Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Though the temperature was a chilly 32 degrees, a crowd of some 200, mostly women, gathered at Payrow Plaza beside Bethlehem City Hall for the third annual Women’s March of the Lehigh Valley. This year, however, the Bethlehem Women’s March was not affiliated with the National Women’s March because of a desire to express disapproval of what was seen as anti-Semitism and ties to the Nation of Islam of some of its leaders.

The lead organizer of the Bethlehem event was Liberty HS senior Georgia Skuza. Georgia is no stranger to protests: last year she led the “Walk Out” at Liberty in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Florida. Co-organizer of the event was Tara Zrinski, the first woman to be elected to Northampton County Council, who declared, “Women’s rights are human rights.”

Other speakers included Olga Negron, the first Latino woman elected to Bethlehem City Council; Shirley Morganelli, representing Rally of American Resistance of the Lehigh Valley; Susan Wild, one of four Pennsylvania women recently elected to the U.S. House of Representatives; Corinne Goodwin, of the Lehigh Valley Transgender Renaissance; the Reverend Elizabeth Hoffman Reed, member of the Poor People’s Campaign Pennsylvania; and Kathy Fox of the Bethlehem Environmental Advisory Council.

The 16 speakers expressed concern about gun violence, environmental issues, LGBTQ rights, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and other issues. A very responsive audience welcomed each speaker enthusiastically and, when asked to do so by Fritz Walker of CeaseFire, PA, Gun Violence Prevention, chanted with fervor:

“What do we want? Background checks

When do we want? Background checks? Now!”