Thousands join women's marches opposing Donald Trump and sexual assault

Elias Hubbard
January 22, 2018

The scenes in at least 38 Canadian communities were an echo of the women's marches that were held around the globe a year ago this weekend in protest of Donald Trump's inauguration as USA president. "It is women who are taking their outrage and running for office, volunteering for campaigns and joining advocacy groups for the very first time".

The rally was among several in New Jersey and scores nationwide Saturday.

"I think Donald Trump is just beyond [the pale]", said participant Kirsty Bin.

On that note, people across the country grabbed their homemade signs, pulled on their pink pussy hats, and poured out into the streets to protest in the second annual Women's March.

Marchers carried signs that formed a year in review: "Support DACA" (the Obama-era program that gave temporary protection to thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the US illegally as kids) one sign read.

She also urged people to show the "same power in the voting booth this year" ahead of November's mid-term elections.

As a result of the attention, Portman said that through the rest of her adolescence she consciously dressed conservatively, did not take roles that involved kissing and stressed how bookish and serious she was during media interviews. "It has been a year since we've had a new president, and (there's) lots of frustration going on there", said Odette Ramos, organizer of the Baltimore Women's March.

Dilcia Molina held up a sign in Spanish calling for the protection of immigrant women.

It was triggered by the scandal involving Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood producer accused of rape, sexual harassment and assault by more than two dozen women, including actresses.

Boyd says that while the march wasn't focused on one issue like the Women's March in Washington, D.C., the sentiment and the concerns are the same, "if not higher", she added.

Despite this, the vast majority of protesters were dissatisfied with the immigration and health care reform the Trump administration has promoted and demanded equal rights for women, immigrants and members of the LGBT community, and were shouting feminist slogans against sexual assaults.

"Since I moved here, I'm slowly realizing that I'm waking up to what justice and consent really looks like", she said.

Numerous speakers were volunteers from community groups, introduced by politicians including Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP and federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.

Five-year-old Mariette and three-year-old Audrey attended the rally with their mother, Émilie Gagnon, who has started having conversations with them about discrimination and how "some people have fewer choices than others". Majorities of rural women and women without college educations still support him, but Lake said she had seen some softening.

"At 13 years of age, the message from our way of life was clear to me", she said.

Organizers of the L.A. event predicted at least 200,000 this year, but Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told the crowd gathered at City Hall that the official estimate was 500,000 people, which he said would make it the largest march in the country. "Women's rights are human rights", read another.

People take part in the Women's March in Manhattan in New York City, New York, US, January 20, 2018.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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