Women across US march on first anniversary of Trump inauguration

Lester Mason
January 22, 2018

"Surely, among us is a woman who has been silent about her own story".

Her husband of 20 years Phil Murphy was sworn into office on Tuesday after winning the race for Governor of New Jersey.

Citing the "attitudes of the time", Murphy said her assailant never faced justice. She said she was walking along a path when a man grabbed her and pulled her into some bushes.

She said her attacker tried to stop her screaming by gagging her with a dirty crab apple he found nearby.

Musical artist Common rapped two verses from a new song he'd written called "The Day the Women Took Over".

"When the government shuts down, women still march", she said.

Numerous marchers not only supported women's rights, but also denounced Trump's views on issues including immigration, abortion and LGBT rights.

Actor Adam Scott too was present, in Los Angeles.

The demonstrations came one day after hundreds of thousands of men, women and children took to the streets in Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and other cities Saturday on the one-year anniversary of Trump's inauguration.

Trump's response to the marches on Saturday was, "Beautiful weather all over our great country, a ideal day for all Women to March". More than 300,000 people attended Chicago's march.

The president meanwhile posted a deadpan tweet referencing the rallies protesting his policies, urging people to "get out there and celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months". Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, also a Democrat, wrote on Twitter that 600,000 people turned out for its rally. Some women were dressed like characters from dystopian novel and series "The Handmaid's Tale".

A large crowd fills up the reflecting pond in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Saturday for the one-year anniversary of the Women's March.

"We march, we run, we vote, we win", Pelosi said, to applause.

Last year, 3,000,000 people had turned up. She couldn't make it past year because she had high school exams.

The Los Angeles mayor said estimated turnout in the city was 500,000, while NY police estimated about 200,000 protesters. The video has been viewed more than 15,000 times so far.

Organizers hope the rally will recruit candidates to push back against the Trump administration and promote issues important to women, progressives and those feeling marginalized by the president's policies.

Elsewhere around the USA, people congregated in Houston; Richmond, Virginia; and Rhode Island.

Celebrities attending various events included Jane Fonda, Eva Longoria and Scarlett Johansson.

Millions of people rallied worldwide a year ago at marches for female empowerment.

Fifty-one-year-old Kim Bell, of Cleveland, says she finds it discouraging that so many Americans accept Trump's "actions and his words".

Dozens of activists have gathered in Rome to denounce violence against women and express support for the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.

Argento addressed the criticism she received once she spoke up about her abuse.

"I wonder how women who received such violence would find the courage to come out as I did, when they saw what happened to me, so I am here to assess the necessity of women to speak out and change things".

Demonstrators on Saturday denounced Trump's views with colorful signs and even saltier language.

Hundreds of thousands of people have joined women's marches across America in protest against President Donald Trump and in support of the #MeToo movement.

Outside Washington, one of the biggest demonstrations unfolded in NY. But it was her first in the United States, she said.

Hillary Clinton, who lost out to Mr Trump in the 2016 U.S. election, said the women's marches were "a testament to the power and resilience of women everywhere".

Hundreds of gatherings are planned Saturday and Sunday across the USA and in places such as Beijing, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Nairobi, Kenya.

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. The scene was similar at rallies in Leonia, Monroe and Ocean City.

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

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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