Thousands protest one year after Trump takes reins

Elias Hubbard
January 21, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of marchers assembled in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Chicago, Denver, Boston and other cities nationwide, many donning the famous pink knit "pussy hats" - a reference to Trump's videotaped boasts of his license to grope women without repercussions.

Demonstrators from Los Angeles to NY marched in support of female empowerment and denounced Trump's views on women's rights and other issues Saturday, the anniversary of his inauguration.

Andrea Hagelgans, a senior advisor to the NYC mayor, tweeted that the official turnout was more than 120,000. Gallina said her schedule didn't allow her to march last year, but this year she vowed not to miss it. "And I never thought in a million years that I'd have to be doing this again to bring focus to women's rights".

"At 13 years old, the message from our culture was clear to me", she said. He's already receiving backlash from many followers who believe he doesn't understand what the women are marching for.

"We want social justice, we want Dreamers to be albe to stay here, we want childcare, we don't want money only to go to military, the big companies", said Lou Sones.

Aaron Bernstein/Reuters People participate in the second annual Women's March outside the White House in Washington, January 20, 2018.

The marches, held in hundreds of cities and towns across the country, came a year after the inaugural Women's March and Trump's swearing in.

Los Angeles - This march will begin at 8:30 a.m. PST at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles.

Portman talked about feeling sexualized by the entertainment industry from the time her first film was released when she was 13 and suggested it's time for "a revolution of desire".

Since last year's march, women have become more vocal and that is a positive sign, said Cathy Mutz, 63, a retired nurse from Chanahan, Illinois. Trump spoke out about the Women's March on Twitter by saying it was a ideal day for all women to march and celebrate "historic milestones" and "unprecedented economic success" from the past year.

Contributing: Doug Stanglin in McLean, Va.; Donna Leinwand in Zurich; Alia Dastagir in New York; Andrea Mandell in Los Angeles; Annysa Johnson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Earlier Saturday, dozens of activists gathered in Rome to denounce violence against women and express support for the #MeToo movement. The Italian actress, one of producer Harvey Weinstein's first accusers, said the Hollywood producer engaged in transgressions ranging from harassment to rape.

"I think change will come from the midterm elections", she said.

New York's march was one of around 250 events in the U.S and around the world.

In Washington, D.C., marcher Debbie Droke expressed her amazement that these issues continue to pervade. The scene was similar at rallies in Leonia, Monroe and Ocean City.

Afterward, a wave of women made a decision to run for elected office and the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct became a cultural phenomenon.

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