Southborough “Sisters” marched on Saturday

by beth on January 23, 2017

Metrowest Daily News captured an event that marched by my house while I obliviously did housework on Saturday! (I won’t deny it stings a bit that I missed this.)

Southborough Wicked Local explained:

About fifty women women, children and a couple men participated in the Southborough “Sister March,” held in solidarity with the Women’s March going on Saturday in Washington, D.C., Boston and other cities. The Southborough march was organized quickly by word of mouth and held for people who couldn’t make the trip to Boston, according to Mani Harwich of Southborough, one of the organizers.

Signs shown in their photo gallery focused on positive messages, like “Be Kind to Everyone”

For more of their pictures, click here.

1 em January 23, 2017 at 11:09 AM

I’m so upset I didn’t know about this. I could not attend any of the big marches, but I could have attended this one. :-(

2 louise barron January 23, 2017 at 9:10 PM

What is the sense of a mother/daughter, sisters march if the women turn on women who are Pro Life. Please think how many daughters and sisters you are aborting. Women should be inclusive of ALL.

3 beth January 24, 2017 at 8:04 AM

Although it was reported as an issue elsewhere, I haven’t heard that there was any issues around that in Southborough.

4 #whyImarch January 24, 2017 at 7:24 PM

Nobody was excluded from our march here in Southborough. It was open to all. As for the national march you are referring to, there were anti-abortion rights marchers there. Lots of them. The event’s platform was a pro-choice platform so they were excluded from being partners in the march but not excluded from marching. In fact, I have heard from friends who were there of the many positive interactions between the two groups.

5 mike fuce January 25, 2017 at 8:55 AM

Can someone clue me in why the organizer of the DC march was a muslim women openly in support of those funding Hamas which murders Jewish men, women and children in Israel? I get inclusiveness but the organizer? “Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers behind Saturday’s Women’s March, being held in Washington, D.C., was recently spotted at a large Muslim convention in Chicago posing for pictures with an accused financier for Hamas, the terrorist group. Sarsour, the head of the Arab American Association of New York and an Obama White House “Champion of Change,” was speaking at last month’s 15th annual convention of the Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle of North America. While there, she posed for a picture with Salah Sarsour, a member of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee and former Hamas operative who was jailed in Israel in the 1990s because of his work for the terrorist group.”

Lastly, why would women want the oppressive muslims associated with women’s rights? I would suggest a march to support muslim women who are trying to escape the male run and dominated muslim oppression not only abroad but here in the US as well. I am not sure what rights women are missing in America but that is a question for another day.

Read more:

I know the Left won’t like the link but I checked other left and right leaning sources and it it true. Thank you for clarifying.

6 beth January 25, 2017 at 9:29 AM

Some clear distortion in your coment: 1. “the organizer” instead of “one of the organizers”. 2. You make it sound as if she has openly supported Hamas. There are allegations in the linked story, along with denials.

The fact that since the march this has been supposedly uncovered is a moot point since the story you link to was run after the Southborough march. It certainly had nothing to do with motives of the women marching in town. (So, there’s no point in debating the accuracy of the article.) And before you go digging up other articles that may have been posted before the story, but likely unseen by marchers, had any relevance to what the women and girls were marching for.

The Southborough march had nothing but positive messages. I can’t help but wonder if you would be as concerned if the march was in support of the President or the Republican party.

As for the muslim faith – I am against the legal enforcement of any religion in other countries. But in this country, we have freedom of religion. It is up to the woman herself to decide how she feels about her faith and whether she embraces it or rejects it. To me, that is consistent with women’s rights.

7 Mike January 25, 2017 at 7:36 PM

In my opinion, it was just another left wing hate March. And these so-called parents, who brought and exposed a child to those marches and exposed them to the hate, the vile, the language, the immature pictures of females bodies and the wearing of female body parts you should be ashamed for the abuse of those children.

8 beth January 25, 2017 at 7:58 PM

If you are referring to the march in Southborough, I find your opinion completely absurd. Have you even looked at the pictures of the march?

9 Patti Fiore January 26, 2017 at 4:42 PM

Mike, I don’t think it is the march that exposes a child, or anyone, to “the hate, the vile, the language…” these days. I proudly took part in the march in Boston.

10 Kate January 26, 2017 at 10:50 PM

Mike; you mean the cat hats? I wasn’t aware that anyone was wearing “body parts.” If you have photos, please share

11 Rose Mauro January 27, 2017 at 8:42 AM

Well said, Patti Fiore!

12 D. McGee January 26, 2017 at 4:57 PM

It seems like most of the hate and vile comes from people trying to tell others how to live, not the brave folks marching against that.

13 Deborah Costine January 26, 2017 at 6:38 PM

I too, participated in the women’s march in Boston and did not hear or see anything vile or hateful! The march was so positive! There were chants like: “This is what Democracy Looks Like” meaning peaceful participation and another about the value of science. As a mother and grandmother I am not worried about an “immature picture” of part of a female body. That, in fact, is what children draw and is not dangerous or harmful. It is sad that you have chosen to call it a “left wing hate march.”

14 Proud Cat Hat Wearer January 31, 2017 at 11:57 AM

The cat hats are not body parts. They are meant to look like cats, with ears. They do not resemble the shape of the body parts you are referring to, and moreover pink is a universal color for females. Having a symbol send a strong message. Many of us who marched (in any location) find the demeaning and objectifying of women by our president and other men to be simply abhorrent, and we are demonstrating with a visible sign our feelings that the “p word” should refer only to a cat, and not as a weapon with which to denigrate women.

15 Mike January 26, 2017 at 5:18 PM

Patty, I’m glad to hear that honestly. I viewed some pretty vile things in Washington.

16 Jack January 27, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Wait, so now you’re worried about children being exposed to “the hate, the vile, the language”, as you say? They’ve been exposed to far worse coming directly from Donald Trump’s mouth ever since he put his hat in the ring.

These were actual parents that brought their children to the marches, not just “so-called” parents,whether you like the definition of “parent”. Fortunately individuals can make their own decisions in this country, for now.

By the way, “vile” is an adjective, not a noun, so it’s hard to be exposed to vile.

17 Rebecca January 27, 2017 at 5:08 PM

Thank you, Jack. Agree completely. It is distressing for girls to know that this man with absolutely no respect for women is now leader of the free world.

18 louise barron January 28, 2017 at 7:46 PM

As I recall the disrespect to women was demonstrated by our former esteemed President Clinton. If there was ever a user, and abuser of women, he gets the prize. His loving wife knowingly ignored it to continue her desperate desire to become president, her only real goal in life. Let’s see women here march for the women who are so oppressed, around the world, are slaughtered, tortured and stoned for being women. The women in this country have nothing to complain about. We should be grateful. Let’s give President Trump a chance to put this nation right, and I do mean right.

19 Kate January 29, 2017 at 7:42 PM

Louise; with all due respect, it would appear that many many many Americans are not buying what DT is selling. I would not presume to speak for “the women in this country,” so I’m surprised that you feel entitled to, but I would be very curious to hear your thoughts on how DT is setting this nation “right.” I will say that it was a little unnerving to witness his expert negotiation skills at play with Mexico’s president. If this is what we can expect with regard to international diplomacy, I’d guess we’ll end up a very lonely nation, right or not.

20 Mike January 30, 2017 at 8:45 AM

Kate, why are you even asking this question other than to try to bait someone. You know there’s no common ground between conservatives and yourself. I watch the liberal news the past couple of nights and it makes me sick and it’s depressing. I see that Uber left who have no sense of civility or respect and that’s who you seem to agree with. I did not choose Trump as my first choice but certainly he was stories above the Clintons and Obama and the band if liars, cheats and malcontents. I think like all people, Trump made has made some bad decisions and what he chose to verbalize and what lies in the (hearts of most people) whether they admit it or not. That being said, I like what he’s doing even though there may be some mistakes along the way. If there are some good Muslims – a few will get detained. I would rather be on the side of safety. Have you mentioned the many many radical Islamist Muslims that have been caught and returned to their radical Islamist countries just his first 10 days. Is that at least common ground with you and liberals ? I think when you control the press as the left has for so many years and you don’t publish a voice and other peoples opinions (50-60% if US) , you really start stamping your feet when you don’t get your way after all those years. We have one media source and that’s FOXNews and liberals have tried to shut them down over the years. I do attempt to watch the fake (faux) news of channel 4, 5, 7 and CNN but it really makes me sick to my stomach. There also blatantly liberal in the been caught lying and cheating (ie Donna Brazille feeding Clinton debate questions prior to the debate) too many times. Would you agree at least that that was wrong but it seems to be rampant in the Democratic Party? Perhaps a new democrat party is warranted?

21 n January 30, 2017 at 12:35 PM

“If there are some good Muslims – a few will get detained.”



Do you really believe “good Muslims” are the exception?

1.5 billion followers of Islam in the world and you think some may be good?

What has happened to my Republican Party? Founded on an anti-slavery platform with Abraham Lincoln elected as our first Republican President.

You may think you are helping. You are not. Please stop.

22 Kate January 30, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Actually, Mike, with regard to common ground, I have gained a good deal of respect for GOP leaders like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, so that’s one good thing to come out of all of this mess. I’ve even gained respect for some of the FoxNews reporters – Shepard Smith and Chris Matthews, for example. It is your opinion that DT is verbalizing “what lies in the hearts of most people whether they admit it or not.” If that’s truly the case, it’s a shame (I personally doubt that is in fact the case), but you have certainly piqued my interest – please provide reliable sources to support your claims about the “many radical Islamist Muslims that have been caught and returned to their radical Islamist countries just his first 10 days.” You admit you agree with what DT is doing, so there we will just have to agree to disagree.

23 Jack January 30, 2017 at 3:05 PM

FYI, the “faux” News thing is kind of a play on words. Switch out the vowels and Fox becomes Faux. It doesn’t work as well to replace NBC News with “Faux News”.

Point taken though – sounds like we’re down to one media source. And to think, here I was always wasting my time on that internet thing trying to get information from different sources so I could form my own opinions.

24 louise barron January 30, 2017 at 9:25 AM

Kate, you didn’t respond to my references to Billy Clinton. Totally ignored. If you haven’t looked lately, we are already a lonely nation. Our friends aren’t there for us.
The one friend we have, Obama hated, ISRAEL. Look around at the hate and disrespect in this country. Sadly, if the left doesn’t want to hear from us, their protests end up burning, looting, injuring. We are never going to be able to sit at the table any more than the Israel’s with the Palestinians. We believe the country has been all but destroyed by Obama, and it will take a miracle for this to look like the country our soldiers have fought and died for.

25 Kate January 30, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Bill Clinton abused his position of power. You are correct. That fact has nothing to do with this present situation, beyond the fact that DT has done the same thing. However, I feel a lot more positive about the future of the US than you do. I’m sorry that you have such a negative viewpoint and that you feel the country has been destroyed. As folks age, they often feel nostalgic and look at the past with rose-colored glasses, forgetting all of the injustices that have been fought through the years (unless, of course, they are the ones who have been wronged). I’m personally hopeful that our children will be more accepting, more open and more constructive in the way that they deal with others.

26 Kelly Roney February 1, 2017 at 12:50 AM

“We believe the country has been all but destroyed by Obama.”

I hear this a lot, but I see no evidence for it. It’s really a hysterical claim, born not of reality.

Various people on the right have said fatuous things about Obama:
– He’s a socialist. Look at the stock market. Look at Obamacare, which started life as a Republican plan framed by the Heritage Foundation. The right couldn’t take yes for an answer.
– He’s not American. Of course, he is, but many of you refuse still to believe it.
– He’s anti-Israel. Nonsense. The money kept flowing, as did the political support. This is true even though Netanyahu clearly no longer believes in a two-state solution, which remains the official bipartisan policy of the United States.
– He’s coming for our guns. Man, the NRA fooled you on this – to the tune of billions of dollars in revenue for the gun industry. And you still trust them! Crazy.
– He’s letting in terrorists. Oh, please. The vetting is intense. But Fox and hate radio want to keep you scared.
– Maybe your taxes went up a tiny bit. Boo-hoo. They would have been far higher under Eisenhower, at a time when no one thought Ike was destroying America.
– He’s going to make abortion much easier. Well, with contraceptive access, abortion is now at the lowest level it’s been since Roe v. Wade.
– He’s going to let the Mexicans take over America. In truth, he was the deporter in chief, and net new Mexican immigration fell below zero.
– He was going to destroy American credit. Never mind that the huge deficits he inherited came from three main sources, all due to the Bush Administration – the wars, the Great Recession, and Medicare Part D. Instead, Obama reduced the annual deficit by record amounts.
– He was going to destroy employment. Nope.
– He was going to give us $10/gallon gasoline. Nope.

I could go on…

The difference with Trump:
– He and Paul Ryan really are coming for your Medicare. Sure, they’re calling it reform, but vouchers are openly designed to wither away.
– He is going to end the effort for universal health care by repealing Obamacare. The GOP has had years to come up with an alternative, and all they have is unaffordable care and too-late trips to the ER for the most expensive care possible.
– He is going to free Wall St. to crash the economy again. The rich will get richer, and the rest of us will pay their bar tab.
– Foreign policy? He’s putting an oil executive in charge.
– Security? Steve Bannon, a white supremacist!

Seriously, you cannot make this stuff up.

27 Rebecca Deans-Rowe January 30, 2017 at 2:01 PM

Louise, I am puzzled by your focus on Bill Clinton, but I will be happy to explain the difference between the long-former President and the current one.

Bill Clinton is an intelligent man who achieved a lot in his two terms, but he had significant issues with fidelity. I am glad he is not my husband, but he is not alone in this behavior. According to a source you might approve of (Fox News Magazine) 70 percent of married men cheat on their wives. For me, the most troubling behavior involved Ms. Lewinsky, whom I feel was vulnerable because of her age and position in the Whitehouse. That was a significant disappointment for all women who otherwise admired President Clinton as a politician, and it was a lapse in judgment I would not have been able to overlook. But I do not presume to understand the complexities of the Clintons’ marriage, nor is it any of my business.

But none of the above can negate Trump’s horrific behavior and comments regarding women. Clinton’s flaws do not mean we should give Trump a pass.

A man who routinely rates all women from 1-10 and who brags about assaulting women, including the repulsive “grab them by” remark, is unfit for office in 2017. The world is changing and young women no longer feel this behavior is acceptable. Many of the women marching were babies or children when Clinton was in office, and his character flaws do not inform their perception of Trump.

Finally, I find your scorn regarding Sec. Clinton’s ambition puzzling. Even if we accept that her “only goal in life” was to become president, that is a pretty remarkable goal for a woman of her generation! I think it is marvelous! I remain incredibly proud of her.

28 louise barron January 30, 2017 at 2:53 PM

Proud of Hilary Clinton. Oh, I think I’ve heard everything. Nothing I have said is puzzling, unless you don’t understand. All, I can say, is thank god almighty she and that cheating, no value husband won’t be sleeping in the White House. This country might stand a chance. Good night

29 Rebecca Deans-Rowe January 30, 2017 at 5:35 PM

Instead, you have a man on his third wife and has admitted cheating on all of them, but I guess that is somehow better? Still puzzled.

30 Mike January 30, 2017 at 3:36 PM

I’m sorry this will be the last I’ll chime in but I must say please use your full name don’t hide behind a single syllable or alias.

31 beth January 30, 2017 at 5:29 PM

This may be the most ironic comment I have ever seen on the blog.

Did you honestly forget that you haven’t been posting comments under your full name?

32 Rebecca Deans-Rowe January 30, 2017 at 5:34 PM

I was thinking the same thing! LOL!

33 Patti Fiore January 30, 2017 at 7:53 PM

So Mike, what is YOUR full name?

34 Mike January 30, 2017 at 3:47 PM

Kate neither reporter that you quote work for Fox news. Shepard Hill ( I liked him as well very entertaining and well polished man) left Fox and Chris Matthews works for CNN ( I do not like him at all, he is a liberal operative) And yes I di agree to disagree is quite right. My comment is based on the singular fact sin resides in everyone’s heart. Whether it’s a white lie, A nasty look, cheating on your wife/husband or murder, Sin resides in every human heart.

35 Kate January 30, 2017 at 6:14 PM

Hmmm…when I just quickly googled both Shepard Smith (not Hill) and Chris Matthews, they come up as Fox News anchor/reporters, so not sure what the deal is there, but glad to hear you like Mr. Smith, and a shame you don’t approve of Mr. Matthews. I appreciate your sincere comment about sin, though I don’t personally happen to believe in the concept myself. I do believe that everybody makes mistakes.

36 Al Hamilton January 30, 2017 at 5:35 PM

The New Colossus

….”Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

from Emma Lazarus Poem “The New Colossus” inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. (Soon to be re-branded as the a Trump detention facility, look for one coming near you!)

37 Kate January 30, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Thanks, Al. This reminds me of who we are as a people.

38 Mike January 30, 2017 at 7:38 PM

Chris Matthews MS NBC

39 Kate January 31, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Sorry, my bad, Chris Wallace

40 Mike January 30, 2017 at 7:40 PM

David Shepard Smith Jr., known better as Shepard Smith or Shep Smith, is an American television news anchor. He is the former host of Fox Report with Shepard Smith and Studio B weekdays on Fox News Channel. Wikipedia

41 louise barron January 30, 2017 at 8:56 PM

Chris Matthews has never been on Fox News. That will be the day. Just to remind you. Clinton committed crimes against women IN the WHITE HOUISE, out of the White House, and probably in front of Hilary. Monica Lewinsky will forever be mocked for the fact that Bill couldn’t remember his position. No I guess he liked his position. Please don’t forget That Hilary has blood on hers and Obama’s hands when they left 4 men to die in Benghazi. She’s a snake oil salesman, and we’re good to be rid of her. Please try not to vote someone based on their gender or skin color.

42 Kelly Roney February 1, 2017 at 12:56 AM

So much nonsense.

You believe it, but it’s still nonsense. Crimes were alleged, not proven.

Benghazi was a tragedy, but Obama and Hillary didn’t leave them there to die. You just believe that. Of course, you ignore all the times Americans died in embassies and consulates under Republican – also tragic – and you forget that Democrats didn’t politicize these tragedies ceaselessly, irresponsibly, and in a way that put party over country politicize. Your party did – after cutting the security budget.

Really, you can look at Trump and Hillary, and it’s Hillary who’s selling snake oil. Srsly, you can see the mote in another’s eye, and not the freaking forest in your own.

43 beth February 1, 2017 at 7:18 AM

And on that note, I’m cutting off the comment stream. I’m tired of the national political debate. And no matter who’s comment I cut it off under, someone will complain. But this will go on forever if I don’t cut it off.

I often tell people who say that they hate reading all the negative comments that they don’t have to read the comments. But I’m the one person that does have to read the comments.

The comments begin with a series of negative comments on the “right”. So I will let the “left” have the last word here. That should make it somewhat even.

44 Mike January 31, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Chris Wallace is awesome, he ran the best debate in my opinion. I also liked his dad when he was on 60 minutes before he passed. It’s kind of funny, his dad was a liberal and Chris leans more right or center. Anyway have a good day.

45 Kate January 31, 2017 at 2:09 PM

You too, Mike, thanks for the information

46 Mike January 31, 2017 at 12:24 PM

You are absolutely correct that P should only stand for Purr. I am intolerant of people who use words like that or objectify women. I agree with you. I think the message got messed up when so many people marched in the Washington and Boston parade that to me at least were offensive, that it watered down the respect for women objective. Have a good day.

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