Two women from Harlem are running from New York City to Washington D.C., days ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration, in the ultimate act of resistance.
On Jan. 18, two Harlem runners will begin a 240-mile journey from New York City to Washington, D.C. to raise funds for Planned Parenthood.
They plan to end at the Women's March on Washington, where thousands of women are scheduled to protest the day after Donald Trump's inauguration.
Alison Mariella Désir and Talisa Hayes' GoFundMe page, which had a goal of $44,000, has surpassed the proposed amount and reached more than $60,000 to support their trip.
As many as 100 supporters will greet them along the way, including Planned Parenthood representatives in Baltimore.
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Their campaign arises as Trump, who during his campaign said he’s against abortion, will be sworn into office. The president-elect has also said he will appoint an anti-abortion judge on the U.S. Supreme Court, which could potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion in the country.
Alison Mariella Désir says the idea for the campaign emerged as she thought of ways to make her daily running more meaningful following the upset of Hillary Clinton’s loss in the presidential election of 2016.
“Just like the march, it’s a way to energize women and allow us to feel like we can do something,” Désir, a 31-year-old running coach told Newsweek.
The women have invited other men and women to run alongside them during parts of the journey, ultimately ending on Jan. 21st at the Women’s March on Washington. Their hope is to draw attention to the many services offered by the 100-year-old organization, which provides critical care like mammograms and birth control to millions of women across the U.S., especially to young and low-income individuals.