Women’s March draws record crowd

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Womens March on WashingtonHuge crowds show up at the Mall to protest.       PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV  

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thousands marched on the nation’s capital Saturday in support of women’s rights and gender equality. 

“We understand that a year ago Donald Trump and Mike Pence were sworn in and immediately began turning the clock back on women’s rights, worker’s rights, LGBT rights, and our fundamental values of inclusion, opportunity and tolerance,” said Takoma Park resident and current Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez speaking to a crowd gathered around the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Perez, who served one term on the Montgomery County Council, urged people to stand up for progressive beliefs and to “organize, mobilize and vote for Democrats.”

Marking the one-year anniversary of the 2017 presidential inauguration, the march drew thousands from around the region and country, many of whom held signs, to protest the actions and rhetoric of the Trump administration.


Rockville takes in second annual anti-Trump fest

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ROCKVILLE — Until Donald Trump took the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States, Nina Liakos never considered herself someone who would ever be politically active.

Like most, the long-term Gaithersburg resident never had an interest in being involved in politics besides voting, and in fall of 2016 during the presidential election, she said she could have never imagined changing that.

“The one thing that has been good for me this year is that I became more active than I was before,” Liakos said. “Before, I used to vote and that was pretty much it, now I do a lot more…he [Trump] inspired me to become a better citizen.”


Takoma Park inaugurates second woman majority council

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takoma park logoTAKOMA PARK — The Takoma Park City Council seated more women than men on its dais Wednesday evening for the second time in its history. 

“Tonight I think is a night to celebrate, celebrating the incoming council members and those who have been reelected to serve,” said Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart. “It is a new chapter in our city's history.”

Of the seven elected members, three women were elected to represent the city's residents.


Rockville inaugurates mayor, City County

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ROCKVILLE -- Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and the four newly elected City Council members made history Sunday when they took their oaths to begin serving the city legislature's first-ever four-year term.

Rockville City Council members inauguration 11-15-15Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton (center) joined council members Julie Palakovich Carr (left), Virginia Onley, Beryl Feinberg and Mark Pierzchala at the inauguration of the first-ever four-year term for the mayor and City Council Nov. 15 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. PHOTO BY DANICA ROEM

Standing on stage at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Newton joined council members Beryl Feinberg, Virginia Onley, Julie Palakovich Carr and Mark Pierzchala to collectively form the city's governing body set to run through November 2019.

Check the Nov. 19-25 print edition of The Montgomery County Sentinel this Thursday for a full recap of the inauguration, featuring interviews with each newly elected member to the council.

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