Like many of the women who rallied Saturday in Port Jefferson Station, Janine Truitt came because she’s worried.
The African-American mother of three fears the country, under President Donald Trump, will move in the wrong direction — one that could put her family at risk.
“He’s kind of awakened an ugliness in the United States that we haven’t seen in a long time,” said Truitt, 33, of Port Jefferson Station, who believes white-nationalist leaders are more visible and racist, pro-Trump comments have proliferated online.
The post-inauguration demonstration, which drew about 2,000 people to the busy intersection of Routes 347 and 112, and a smaller, more loosely organized rally in Huntington, were held to show solidarity with women’s marches in Washington, Manhattan and around the world that drew vast crowds.
“No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” the Port Jefferson Station demonstrators chanted.
Some carried signs reading “Hate is not an American value” and “Hands off ACA,” a reference to the Affordable Care Act, which Trump and congressional Republicans have vowed to repeal.
Many passing motorists honked in support, while a few dissenting drivers shouted “Trump!”
“I am here today because I know alone I am doomed,” rally organizer Kathy Greene-Lahey said to the cheering crowd. “Together with you I have hope.”
Erica Kutzing, 29, of Sound Beach, joined in — a “Marching for her future” sign attached to the stroller of her 4-month-old daughter, Shea.
“I fear she’s going to lose a lot of her rights as a woman — her reproductive rights, her rights of affordable health care,” Kutzing said. “I’m scared for her future.”
Volunteers collected names and email addresses of participants, to notify them of future events and connect them with local organizations that will monitor what the Trump administration does and hold it and the Long Island congressional delegation accountable, said Greene-Lahey, 55.
Earlier Saturday, more than 20 people demonstrated at the Village Green in Huntington “to stand up for women’s values, immigrant values and LGBT values. . .,” said rally organizer Patricia Shih, of Huntington.
“We want to raise our voices in support of those values, to demonstrate these are the true American values, not what the president espouses,” she said.
Martin Stone, 66, of Northport, said he agrees with Trump voters who believe the government has ignored the interests of the middle class.
But, he said, “all the people he’s bringing in to fill his cabinet are the 1 percent [of wealthiest Americans]. They’re the foxes in the chicken coop. They’re used to working for their stockholders, not the middle class.”