Women stage nationwide protests as Trump begins second year

Alfred Osborne
January 22, 2018

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets across the United States and overseas Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Women's March, which is Sunday.

If one of his latest tweets is to be believed, Donald Trump is blissfully unaware of the reasons that women have taken part in the Women's March this weekend.

Adele, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Whoopi Goldberg were among a host of celebrities who joined the walks, which also voiced support for campaigns against sexual misconduct following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Many marchers expressed their commitment to American ideals and said it is the president himself who is un-American, criticizing his administration's approach to the environment, health care, immigration reform and taxes.

Hillary Clinton added her voice to those of the marchers, tweeting that while the 2017 rallies were a "beacon of hope and defiance.", the 2018 marches were "testament to the power and resilience of women everywhere".

Viola Davis speaks onstage at 2018 Women's March Los Angeles at Pershing Square in Los Angeles, California on January 20, 2018.

She said that the shame compounded when a local radio station established a "countdown" until Portman turned 18 - "euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with", she said. I tell this today not for me, but really for all of you.

In 2017, the Women's March was a beacon of hope and defiance.

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The federal contractor said her community went into high gear previous year. "Fighting for women's power to the polls to make a difference".

There are more marches planned for Sunday. My family, my friends, my teachers, my colleagues, and my idols.

In Washington, Democratic leaders addressed a gathering that appeared much smaller than the massive crowd that flooded the nation's capital on January 21, 2017, the day after Trump's inauguration.

As for the event itself, Huhn, of Sparta, said seeing the number of women on stage who are candidates for public office was evidence of change happening both locally and nationally. "It's humbling. But it makes me optimistic, it makes me very hopeful". To raise my son to be a a good man alongside the good man who loves me for everything I am and am not. We just can't agree on what that is.

In Palm Beach, Florida, home to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, several hundred people gathered carrying anti-Trump signs before marching. She said this year's action is set against the backdrop of the Trump presidency, which "turned out to be as scary as we thought it would be".

Following a Women's March in Morristown, Tammy Murphy silenced the crowd gathered on Morristown Green as she opened up about being the victim of sexual violence while she was a sophomore at the University of Virginia.

The National Mall was filled with more than its usual crowd of tourists and joggers Saturday morning as protesters descended on the space in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the one-year anniversary of the Women's March.

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