After nearly four years Millions of people around the world protested On President Donald Trump’s first day in office, hundreds gathered in Washington, DC, and marched to the National Mall on Saturday as thousands of others joined virtual protests aimed at rallying voters ahead of Election Day.
More than 116,000 people were expected to participate in the women’s march or take part in other activities on Saturday, and More than 429 fraternal and virtual marches apart It was expected to be held in all 50 states, according to organizers of the Women’s March.
“The first women’s march in 2017 was historic,” said Rachel Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, at a pre-march rally Saturday afternoon in Washington, DC, “Now four years later … with 17 days remaining (until the elections)), We will finish what we started. “
The march in Washington was set to culminate in the National Mall as organizers hoped to hold a virtual text message via phone banking to send 5 million text messages to encourage people to vote. March organizers said they intend to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy And the contest Amy Connie Barrett confirmed to court, Which is the Senate Judicial Committee He is expected to vote on October 22nd.
“We are Hell and High Water. Donald Trump is leaving office, he has no choice,” Sonya Spue, director of reproductive rights campaigns for women’s rights group UltraViolet, said at the rally. “Come on November 3, it will happen because women – especially black, brown, and indigenous women – come forward and say enough.”
“Women March” said that all participants will be required to wear a mask and social distancing, and hand sanitizer will be available. The organization asked the participants not to travel to the capital from the states included in the quarantine list in the region.
Meanwhile, the Independent Women’s Forum, a conservative American non-profit organization, hosted its second annual “March for All Women” counter-protest. This year’s event, titled “I’m With It!” A rally, signed near the Supreme Court in support of Barrett’s nomination. According to the forum, the in-person gathering will be limited to 100 people due to the COVID-19 safety measures, but it will also be broadcast live.
“We believe that Amy Connie Barrett’s earnings should be treated with respect,” Carrie Lucas, president of the Independent Women’s Forum, told the audience, according to the live broadcast. “She is an amazing American, and you’ll find out what that means because she stands for all of us.”
The first women’s march was on January 21, 2017, the largest one-day protest in US history, according to the Crowd Counting Consortium. On that day, the estimate of the nationwide crowds participating in the 650 sister rallies was estimated from 3.3 million to 5.3 million.
Contribution: Jorge El Ortiz, USA Today