Activists take to the streets for second Women's March

Lawrence Kim
January 21, 2018

An early-afternoon tweet from President Trump hailing the nationwide Women's March gatherings drew groans and guffaws from marchers in Washington who saw it pop up on their phones. Two days later, NY fashion designer Bob Bland joined the call for action with her own message.

"I want our country back", Jess Amberseckia of Westchester County, N.Y. told NPR's Windsor Johnston at the rally in Washington, D.C.

Turns out, a whole lot of people did.

Signs and speakers are attacking President Donald Trump's immigration policies and other views they consider racist and sexist.

The rallies also laid the groundwork for the recent movement that brought a reckoning for powerful men accused of sexual misconduct, Sarsour said.

Protestors at the Women's March will be fighting for a variety of rights, so in that spirit - make sure you know your own. Check out Women's March Global for marches across the pond.

One of the goals of this year's march is to prompt more Democrats to run for public office and bolstering voter registration.

She said that previous year she felt "a kind of euphoria" walking through the city with hundreds of thousands of participants.

The voter registration campaign will target swing states held by Republicans, such as Nevada, and in districts considered a toss-up ahead of November's midterm elections. "Maybe they are trying to cast as wide a net as possible", Dalmia said by telephone.

Las Vegas - which, in October, was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history - has been rocked by sexual assault allegations against elected officials and is considered a battleground state that will shape the US Senate in 2018.

Fueling these electoral ambitions is an infusion of first-time women candidates.

It's been almost a year since women came out in droves to protest President Trump. As a sign of support, many activists wear pink cat-ear caps, which were created for the 2017 march as a reference to a comment made by Trump about female genitalia. They attended last year's march and anticipated that the crowd this year would not match the 250,000 that attended last year, but for them the message is just as strong.

"Everybody's gotten exhausted of turning on their TVs and logging on Twitter where we have to put our heads down (in shame)", said Molly Taggart, an adjunct professor of communications studies at Kent State University. "There's a decade of candidates coming".

Bob Bland, a NY fashion designer who is now one of the organization's national co-chairs, joined the call to action with her own message: "Who wants to join me?!?" she asked. "It could happen to any one of us".

That's what Vanessa Medina, a 32-year-old nurse, said prompted her to participate this year, even though she didn't march last January. March On has a similar initiative to the Women's March called "March On The Polls".

"Black Lives Matter Morristown serves our community as an educational resource to open minds to the incessant injustice faced by our men, women and children, despite our meaningful and often overlooked contributions to society in this country that we all dearly love". Some anti-abortion activists said the event did not welcome them.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Democrat Hillary Clinton's running mate in the 2016 presidential election, addressed the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial.

"I thought, 'It's not going to be better, ' " she said.

Her mother Vitessa Del Prete, a retired United States army lieutenant colonel, pointed to the recent flood of sexual abuse and harassment allegations against powerful men that has galvanised women to fight back against injustice. By WFP's count, two-thirds of its endorsed candidates won. More marches were planned in cities on Sunday.

The resistance has drawn comparisons to the tea party movement, but some leaders of that uprising on the right don't necessarily consider their left-leaning brethren political equals.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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