Hundreds of Thousands Join Women’s Marches Across the Country

Truthdig – By Emma Niles and The Guardian – By Dan Hernandez/Las Vegas – Jan 22, 2018

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Photo: Protesters at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. (Clara Romeo / Truthdig).

On the anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration, Americans have made their feelings about gender and equality known by taking to the streets as part of the 2018 Women’s March. Scroll down to see Truthdig’s live multimedia updates from Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and beyond.

While 2017’s Women’s March saw record-breaking turnouts, the numbers for this year’s marches don’t look too shabby:

The New York City mayor’s office reported that over 120,000 people were out protesting.

In Washington, D.C., the number of protesters (while not as large as 2017) swelled to the thousands, according to The New York Times.

Over 300,000 people showed up in Chicago, organizers said, exceeding the number who marched in the city’s event last year.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reports that 300,000 people turned out for the city’s Women’s March, although Mayor Eric Garcetti estimates double that amount.

The speakers at various events across the country acknowledged crucial cultural and political shifts that highlight why gender is still a key focus in politics. Movements such as #MeToo and Time’s Up have sprung up since the last Women’s March, and organizers of this year’s event zeroed in on the 2018 midterm elections.

Many protesters also focused on the government shutdown, lambasting the Trump administration’s political inefficiency. The shutdown did not affect the march, as the park service planned ahead to protect First Amendment-related activities in the event of a government shutdown.

President Trump commented briefly on the day’s marches via Twitter, noting (either with sarcasm or misunderstanding), “Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!”

Today’s marches are only the beginning. On Sunday in Las Vegas, the Women’s March organization will hold a “Power to the Polls” convention to kick off the next phase of the movement. They aim to begin “a national voter registration and mobilization tour targeting swing states to register new voters, engage impacted communities, harness our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values and collaborate with our partners to elect more women and progressives candidates to office.”

–Posted by Emma Niles.

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From The Guardian – Las Vegas rally marking Women’s March anniversary puts focus on voting

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The #PowerToThePolls rally in Nevada drew thousands: ‘Last year was more of an outpouring of emotion. This year it’s about a call to action’.

The first anniversary of the Women’s March was celebrated in a Las Vegas stadium on Sunday with a “#PowerToThePolls” rally, intended to harness and direct the so-called “resistance” against Donald Trump.

There were chants of “Today we protest, tomorrow we vote”. Dozens of female political leaders spoke about the fight for equality. And thousands of women registered to volunteer or vote, waved signs and donned pink knit “pussy hats”.

“I’ve always voted but now it’s more important to be active,” said Tiffany MacDonald of Henderson, Nevada. Her oldest daughter had a sign stating “cheese and crackers, this matters!” MacDonald’s mother carried a placard that read: “Now you’ve pissed off nana.”

“My grandmother fought for some of these rights and now we have to fight for them again,” MacDonald said.

Capping a weekend on which thousands of protesters returned to the streets in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and hundreds of other cities in the US and around the world, the Las Vegas event had the air of a mission.

“We marched in Washington DC last year and had such a profound experience that we wanted to do it again,” said Kathy Goodman, a Chicagoan who flew in with her sister.

“Politically, I never paid that much attention before. But this administration just scared us to death with its stance on women’s rights, immigrants’ rights, healthcare – everything – so we’re trying to make a difference volunteering.

“I’m about 30 minutes’ drive from [House speaker] Paul Ryan’s district, so I’m going to volunteer for the Democrat running against him in the midterm.”

With the federal government shut down over immigration reform, Nevada representatives stuck in Washington welcomed the crowd via Skype.

“Women … including from those so-called ‘shithole’ countries, welcome to Nevada,” said congresswoman Dina Titus. Before her, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto told the crowd: “The fight continues … la lucha sigue.”

Holding the rally in southern Nevada ensured a sunny day, but the event’s organizers mostly hoped the location would translate into political momentum in a key state. Control of the US Senate could hinge on who Nevadans choose to represent them in November 2018.

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Posted by Teri Pertcone

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