Issaquah Review: Issaquah mothers, daughters among 200,000 marchers at Seattle Women’s March

Photo by Nicole Jennings

Issaquah Review, January 26, 2017:

“An estimated 200,000 people took to the streets of Seattle on Jan. 21 to stand up for the rights of women, minority groups, the LGBT community, the environment, healthcare, basic human kindness and a whole host of other issues in the Women’s March on Seattle.


And of the marchers, 952 came from Sammamish, Issaquah and Bellevue in buses with Sammamish-based Plateaupians for Peace, a group that focuses on treating others with respect and moving forwards in making the world a better place.


Plateaupians founders Sarah Hawes Kimsey, Cathia Geller, Liz Faaland and Kate Gordon organized 19 charter buses through Pacific Alaska Tours, Shuttle Express Tours and Beeline Charters to take the marchers from the Eastside to Judkins Park, the starting point for the event.”


Bellevue Reporter: PHOTOS | Eastside residents vow not to be silenced at Women’s March

Bellevue Reporter, January 23, 2017

Hundreds of men, women and children filled 19 charter buses leaving from Bellevue, Issaquah and Sammamish and headed to the Women’s March on Jan. 21.

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Sammamish Review: Busloads from Issaquah, Sammamish join massive Seattle march

Sammamish Review: Jan 23, 2017

“When you have so many others standing up with you,” said Sarah Hussein Kimsey, a co-founder of Plateaupians for Peace, “you aren’t so afraid to speak your mind.” Kimsey and her group had organized the army of buses that would descend on Judkins Park.

“People who are privileged need to stand up for people who don’t have that kind of privilege,” she said.

Originally, Kimsey and Elizabeth Faaland, also a co-founder of Plateaupians for Peace, were planning a march in Sammamish in conjunction with the national Women’s March on Washington.

“Something was happening in our world and we needed a place to gather,” Faaland said. “We planned a march in Sammamish to show fellow residents they didn’t have to leave Sammamish to be part of something big.”

As inauguration day grew closer, support for women’s marches across the country and locally spread through social media. After group members expressed an interest in attending the larger Seattle march, Faaland and Kimsey canceled their local plans and chartered a bus.

They worried they would end up with too many unfilled seats, but instead of calling the bus company to downsize their order, as the march grew closer Faaland had to rent more buses. She made that call several more times to expand the fleet as demand multiplied.

“It feels good to offer what I feel passionate about and share it with others,” Faaland said.

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Macaroni Kid (Snoqualmie Valley – Issaquah): Parent with a Purpose: Meet Sarah Hawes Kimsey

What is your PURPOSE? What do you want to accomplish?
I was looking for a way to bring community together after such a divisive election.  My desire was not to focus so much on politics, but on the health and well-being of my marginalized neighbors.  I grew up in a neighborhood that brought each other casseroles during tough times; I wanted my neighbors to know that this support still exists regardless of religion, gender identity, disability, political views, etc.   I felt strongly that we, as a society, have to figure out how to work to move forward with out so much vitriol.  How to pick up the pieces after a difficult election season.
What inspired/encouraged you to create Plateaupians For Peace? 
November 9th I woke up and felt drained, defeated and worried about the future.  At about noon, I couldn’t take it anymore and I needed a hug.  I put it out on a neighborhood board, that anyone who needed a hug could come meet up.  That night we had 30-40 people show up.  From that initial meeting, we formed a Facebook group that gained traction rather quickly.  The group decided to meet again that Saturday and twice the number of people participated, mostly all strangers.  We lit candles, we talked, we cried, we sang. Many of us just needed to regain our sense of community and try to figure out how to move forward.  Now we are 530 members and growing everyday.

Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter: “Hundreds of locals to bus to Women’s March on Seattle”

A group of Sammamish women has organized an assembly of hundreds of Eastside residents to attend the Women’s March on Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 21.


The march, which will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Seattle, is a sister movement to the national Women’s March on Washington, D.C., as well as to the hundreds of similar marches taking place around not just the U.S., but the entire world, that Saturday, the day after Inauguration Day.


Cathia Geller, one of the organizers from Sammamish, said that the march is a completely peaceful movement for human beings to show solidarity with one another and convey a message of kindness.


“The message of the march is peaceful — we would like to move forward, not backwards,” she said.

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