US Issues Abound at 4th Women’s March, ‘But It All Ties Into Trump’

03:15  19 january  2020
03:15  19 january  2020 Source:   nytimes.com

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Thousands of women began marching Saturday in cities across the United States for the fourth annual Women ’ s March to advocate for a host of issues , including gender equality and women ’ s human rights. Rallies got underway in dozens of cities, including Washington, where the first Women ’ s

The march occurred amid turmoil surrounding the national Women ’ s March organization, including The march route took protesters by Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Marchers also highlighted a panoply of other issues . Some protested Trump ’s plan for a border wall

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of demonstrators staged a boisterous fourth Women’s March here on Saturday, a noisy, frigid, drizzly rally where demands for equal rights competed with an inescapable subtext: President Trump had to go.

a group of people walking down the street in front of a crowd: The Women’s March on Saturday in Washington, D.C. © Emma Howells for The New York Times The Women’s March on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

The march, a reboot of sorts for an event that has been dogged by internal strife, was intended to highlight climate change, reproductive rights and immigration, three issues chosen by supporters and organizers. But many of the placards hoisted amid the throng mocked or assailed Mr. Trump, demanded his impeachment or urged his defeat in November.

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• Hundreds of thousands of women gathered in Washington on Saturday in a kind of counterinauguration after President Trump took • The singer and actress Janelle Monae highlighted the issue of police violence, leading the crowd in a chant of “Sandra Bland! Say her name!”, a

Photos: Women ' s March on Washington. Ginger Naglee of Olney, Maryland, gets into the spirit on Independence Avenue. The Midtown Manhattan event was one of many anti- Trump protests nationwide that came a day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United

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“It’s all about Donald Trump,” said Laurie Kaczanowska, 66, a retired criminal prosecutor who came from Doylestown, Pa., with friends to make the trek from a downtown plaza past the White House and back. “This march is about the many issues that face women and families, so climate change, of course, is up front. But here and now we have to pay attention to protecting our republic’s democracy. Because I think that’s in danger.”

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  Thousands gather for Women's March rallies across the US Thousands gathered in cities across the country Saturday as part of the nationwide Women's March rallies focused on issues such as climate change, pay equity, reproductive rights and immigration. Hundred showed up in New York City and thousands in Washington, D.C. for the rallies, which aim to harness the political power of women, although crowds were noticeably smaller than in previous years. Marches were scheduled Saturday in more than 180 cities.The first marches in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of people to rallies in cities across the country on the day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. That year's D.C.

But when thousands of women march on the capital the day after Donald J. Trump is inaugurated as president, she will not be there. Abortion opponents will mark the 44th anniversary of the landmark ruling with their own event, the March for Life, next week.

Both women were wearing handknitted pink hats that date from the first march . With pained expressions, they spoke about Trump ’ s determination to Organizers of the Washington march faced criticism from some local African American activists for failing to focus on local issues and damaging

In some ways, the focus on the president was a return to the driving factor of the first march, held the day after Mr. Trump’s inauguration in 2017. And many marchers said the administration’s policies could not be separated from the issues they were protesting.

Anna Colosi, 70, said she had come to the march from suburban Olney, Md., to take a public stance on abortion rights and “putting women in a position they don’t want to be in.”

“But it all ties into Trump,” she said, citing the president’s demeaning statements about some of his female critics and charges that he had assaulted or groped other women. “So many people now think that’s acceptable. I find it terrifying.”

The Washington protest was the marquee event in a day of demonstrations that brought out thousands of women — and plenty of men — to more than 250 other sites nationwide. Some 25,000 people had pledged online to attend the march in the capital, according to Rachel O’Leary Carmona, the chief operating officer of Women’s March Inc., the nonprofit group that sponsors the protests and supports work for its causes. But many in the crowd said they had come without giving notice.

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The women ’ s march in Washington was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump ’s inauguration, crowd counting experts said Saturday. Marcel Altenburg and Keith Still, crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, analyzed photographs and video taken of

Women ' s March on Washington: what to know and what to bring. The event is expected to turn into one of the largest marches in US history and although it is not billed specifically as an “I don’t think that everyone who voted for Donald Trump is racist, but they were willing to overlook that part of his

From Boise, Idaho, to Orlando, Fla., protesters flooded parks, streets and the grounds outside city halls.

a crowd of people on a city street filled with lots of traffic: Women's March participants gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. © Emma Howells for The New York Times Women's March participants gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protesters in New York City on Saturday. © Jeenah Moon/Reuters Protesters in New York City on Saturday.

The gatherings were filled with colorful signs, slogans for various Democratic presidential candidates and the trademark knitted hats that turned the National Mall into a sea of pink in 2017. Politicians and activists spoke at rallies around the country.

In New York City, snow dusted protesters who had gathered near Times Square, and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, made a surprise appearance.

As in Washington, much of the protesters’ ire was focused on Mr. Trump, but the marches also became channels to express frustration over a range of local and national issues. A sign at the San Jose women’s march said the local police department had failed rape victims. Placards in Douglas, Mich., urged tighter gun restrictions, and some women in Greeley, Colo., held signs protesting gerrymandering. In Chicago, several people urged residents to fill out the census in 2020.

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Women unite against Trump in marches across U.S., world. Post to Facebook. Marchers turned pink pointy-eared hats into potent symbols to mock the president who was heard Thousands march along 6th Street as a larger than expected crowd gather for the Women ' s March on Washington.

The Women ’ s March in Sydney on Saturday is one of the first of more than 600 protests set to occur in cities all over the world following Donald Trump ’s inauguration. “Well may they say that,” Spicer continued, “ but it ’s not all about him. It ’s about the systemic inequalities highlighted by his rise to power.

Shannon Watts, the founder of the anti-gun violence group Moms Demand Action, said she was speaking at marches in Contra Costa, Calif., and in San Francisco.

The march stirred another kind of protest this week: The National Archives and Records Administration apologized on Saturday for censoring a photograph of the 2017 Women’s March to blur out protesters’ signs that were critical of Mr. Trump. A spokeswoman for the archive initially defended the move to The Washington Post after the newspaper first reported on the alterations. But after an outcry from marchers, historians and other archivists, officials later said they had made the wrong decision and would replace the edited photograph with the original version.

The turnout on Saturday came nowhere near that of the first march. As many as half a million demonstrators swamped the capital that day, and as many as 5.2 million marchers were estimated to have turned out at more than 650 protests nationwide.

But Women’s March leaders said a head count was a poor way to measure the movement’s strength. In Washington, a number of demonstrators were veterans of previous marches — in Washington, Minneapolis and even Antarctica — and said the event had played a key role in making them politically active.

Issues Abound at 4th Women’s March, ‘But It All Ties Into Trump’

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“Someone has to keep pushing,” said Cara Horan, a recent Washington transplant from Chicago whose first Women’s March, in 2017, was at the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. “And there’s no point in waiting, because what I’ve learned in the last four years is that no one is going to fix anything for you. You have to be able and willing to do it yourself.”

The protest on Saturday was the first organized by a revamped leadership of the Women’s March organization, which has been dogged by controversies and internal divisions from its start. Most prominently, some March officials were embroiled in charges of anti-Semitism in 2018, stoked by a refusal to disavow Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader widely criticized for his anti-Semitic and anti-L.G.B.T.Q. positions.

Supporters discouraged by the organizers’ tight control of the movement formed their own organization, March On, seeking to broaden its reach beyond its politically liberal base.

In the past year, the Women’s March has overhauled its management and philosophy. Three of its founders have stepped down, and the group has diversified its board of directors.

“There are 16 new women leading the Women’s March as a volunteer board,” said Rinku Sen, a co-president of the Women’s March board of directors. “We’ve fixed what we could fix on the anti-Semitism front. We’ve acknowledged the mistakes we’ve made, and the harm people have felt.”

The rifts in the organization, as well as an onslaught of political drama from Washington, have led to many doubts about the movement’s relevance. But march organizers cite studies concluding that roughly seven of 10 participants in previous marches have been newcomers, and they say their focus is on quality, not quantity.

David S. Meyer, a sociologist and scholar of protest movements at the University of California, Irvine, said the organizers might have a point.

“Everybody wants to tell an apocalyptic story where people turn out in the streets and the world changes,” he said. “Unfortunately, the world is more complicated than that. In real life, social change takes a long time.”

On Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday, Ella Swager, a 16-year-old high school student in Richmond, Va., was among the marchers. Her sign did not mention any of the grand narratives that had overwhelmed much of the national conversation — abortion, immigration, Mr. Trump. Rather, it bore a quotation from a more famous protester, the historian Howard Zinn, who died in 2010: “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

“What we’re doing here is a small act,” she said. “I took a train ride. I’m just walking a few miles. But millions of people doing things like this really are able to make a difference.”

Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Maria Cramer contributed reporting from New York.

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