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Some East Texans plan to follow Democratic lawmakers' example, boycott inauguration

Nacogdoches is asking people to join in solidarity at a Women’s March ‘Sister March’ on Saturday at noon at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse. (source: KTRE Staff) Nacogdoches is asking people to join in solidarity at a Women’s March ‘Sister March’ on Saturday at noon at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse. (source: KTRE Staff)
A group of political activists are saying they’ll boycott watching the presidential inauguration. Other cities are planning organized protests. (Source: KTRE Staff) A group of political activists are saying they’ll boycott watching the presidential inauguration. Other cities are planning organized protests. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

In light of recent election events, some lawmakers, celebrities, and everyday citizens have decided to boycott the inauguration. 

That trend has reached East Texans. Some Nacogdoches political activists are turning their attention away from tomorrow's ceremony and toward Saturday's Women's March.

In Nacogdoches there is no organized inauguration boycott as planned in some cities, but... 

"We'll be part of it because we're all part of this fear,” said Pat Castella, an inauguration boycotter.

A fear of hate is leading Thomas Miller to Dallas Friday night  for a protest rally.

"What he stands for is hate speech is not representative of all Americans because he doesn't stand for us all,” Miller said.

The Wenners are vocal on the issue, but in an entirely different way.

"We're going to leave the TV on Animal Planet or the Comedy Channel or HDTV, and we're going to go take a banjo lesson,” said Sue Wenner, an inauguration boycotter.

Doris Daniel won't be watching the inauguration either.

"I'll be at my computer contacting local people about our local march,” Daniel said.

She was referring to Saturday's Women's March. The Women's March on Washington will send the bold message to government on their first day of office that women's rights are human rights. It will be echoed at “Sister Marches” across the country.

"We're not president bashing,” Castella said. We're just standing."

Standing in solidarity, they say, on issues that might end up on an opinion sign. Members of the group listed issues like the Affordable Healthcare Act, equality for all, and religious freedom.

“Love ‘em; don’t grab them,” one person said.

“Oh, I like that,” another person said.

Planning for the Women's March comes easy for the group. Boycotting the inauguration will be a challenge for at least one political watcher.  

"So I'd like to tell you 100 percent I won't sneak a peek, but I'm not sure I won't,” Castella said.

There are Nacogdoches and Lufkin residents planning to attend the Women's March on Washington. Others are going to Austin. The Nacogdoches Women's Sister March is Saturday at noon at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse.  

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