February 21, 2018

Activists take to the streets for second Women's March

21 January 2018, 08:51 | Randolph Howard

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Wearing their pink hats and armed with handmade signs, thousands of people gathered in Morristown Saturday for a noisy Women's March designed as both a protest of President Donald Trump's first year in office and a call for a massive voter turnout in the November midterm elections.

Trump tweeted on Saturday.

Determined not to let the momentum die, protesters once again converged on hundreds of cities - at home and overseas - for the second annual Women's March, seeking to unite in a call for social change but also to channel their fury into voter action.

Linda Sarsour, one of the four organizers of last year's Washington march, said Las Vegas was slotted for a major rally because it's a strategic swing state that gave Hillary Clinton a narrow win in the presidential election and will have one of the most competitive Senate races in 2018.

Contempt for Donald Trump's sexism doesn't stop at U.S. borders, as this protester in Montreal demonstrates.

Crowd estimates for the march in Washington were down from last year's gathering. "We empower them, we support them and we train them to be leaders".

"In 2017, the Women's March was a beacon of hope and defiance".

That movement, Robinson added, "is evolving into something more powerful every single day".

With apparent sarcasm, Trump tweeted, "Beautiful weather all over our great country, a flawless day for all women to march".

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Chicago's "March to the Polls" is one of 350 events worldwide planned for this weekend. Marchers, however, stayed the course.

March in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, with celebrities like Viola Davis, Laverne Cox and Natalie Portman and politicians like Senator Kamala Harris, who will all attend.

Jamie Williams, originally from Alabama, brought her 7-year-old son, James, to march with her in Manhattan.

Wesley said people can expect musicians and lively performances.

Mr. Trump appeared to celebrate the demonstrations despite the nationwide protests having a clear theme of being against his presidency.

The focus has changed this year, to encourage liberals and Democrats to run for office and make America blue again, by tackling issues of civil rights, climate change and reproductive issues. Why do I, why?

"I'm here because I'm raising two boys and I want them to be feminists and I want them to understand that this is important and it's worth standing up and speaking when it's right", a protester told Al Jazeera. I'm Latina, pushed to get Latinos to vote. These women are not only marching, but they're also running against Trump. Afterward, a wave of women chose to run for elected office and the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct became a cultural phenomenon. "We have to decide that the people who represent us have to represent all of us". He's not our President. "Without people getting out and voting, look what happens".

"I came past year and I was nervous", Gump said. Women in the USA illegally, sex workers and those formerly incarcerated are also welcome, she said.

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