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Trumbull College Student Joins 'Women's Huddle' In Next Step

Alice Simmel of Trumbull is an organizer of a local chapter of Women's Huddle. Similar ones started forming around the country after the Women's March on Washington Jan. 21. Photo Credit: Alice Simmell
After attending the Women's March Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C., a Trumbull college student got involved with forming a local arm of Women's Huddle to plan the next step. Photo Credit: Alice Simmell

TRUMBULL, Conn. -- A Trumbull college student credits her professors for bringing out her activist chops.

That is why 22-year-old Alice Simmel is helping get a local chapter of Women's Huddle off the ground.

Similar chapters have formed around the country since the Women's March on Washington Jan. 21 to protest President Donald Trump's policies.

Their purpose is to "plan the next step," said Simmel who was at the march.

Concerns include repeal of Obamacare and what that would mean to "millions of people," defunding of Planned Parenthood and how it will affect women's health, and the deregulation of environmental laws.

But it's a short list.

"We need to view this fight as a marathon and not as a sprint," Simmel said in an interview.

However, avoiding burnout might be the hardest part, she said.

"There is so much going on between healthcare, women’s rights, and immigration reform that it can be hard to stay informed and involved."

Simmel and another local organizer Stephanie Voytek have followed a Women's Huddle template of "10 Actions in the First 100 Days."

They've been interacting with other indivisible groups in the area, to stay on top of different events, she said.

"Considering we live in Connecticut, especially Trumbull, our representatives support nearly all of the same policies that we believe in, but we have made it a priority to be vocal about our support as often as possible."

"There is still so much to do. Right now women need to be encouraged to stay motivated whether that means writing postcards to support or oppose bills or attend another rally," said Simmel.

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