Thou­sands take to streets as part of Women’s March

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NATION & WORLD - By Lynn Berry

WASH­ING­TON — 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.

Hun­dreds 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.

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. march drew close to 1 mil­lion peo­ple.

In Man­hat­tan on Sat­ur­day, hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered as part of a “Rise and Roar” rally at separate events in Fo­ley Square and Colum­bus Cir­cle.

“To­day, we will be the change that is needed in this world! To­day, we rise into our power!” ac­tivist Donna Hyl­ton told a cheer­ing crowd in Fo­ley Square.

Snow be­gan fall­ing by the af­ter­noon in Man­hat­tan, ap­par­ently putting a damper on plans for the two groups to con­verge in large num­bers near Times Square.

In down­town Los An­ge­les, thou­sands of men, women and chil­dren filled sev­eral blocks as they made their way from a plaza to a park ad­ja­cent to City Hall, where a rally fea­tured speeches by Jen­nifer Siebel New­som, the wife of Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Gavin New­som, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rep. Max­ine Wa­ters and others.

Jen­nifer Siebel New­som cred­ited women for mo­bi­liz­ing against gun vi­o­lence, cre­at­ing the #MeToo move­ment against sex­ual ha­rass­ment and dis­crim­i­na­tion, and tak­ing back the Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“In 2020, I have no doubt that it will be women who will lead again, rise up and move this coun­try for­ward on a path to­ward jus­tice,” she said.

In Den­ver, or­ga­niz­ers opted to skip the rally af­ter the march and in­stead in­vited par­tic­i­pants to meet with lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions to learn more about is­sues such as re­pro­duc­tive rights, cli­mate change, gun safety and vot­ing.

Sev­eral thou­sand came out for the protest in Wash­ing­ton, far fewer than last year when about 100,000 peo­ple held a rally east of the White House.

But as in pre­vi­ous years, many of the pro­test­ers made the trip to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal from cities across the coun­try to ex­press their op­po­si­tion to Trump and his poli­cies.

In Wash­ing­ton, three key is­sues seemed to gal­va­nize most of the pro­test­ers: cli­mate change, im­mi­gra­tion and re­pro­duc­tive rights.

Peta Madry of New Lon­don, Con­necti­cut, was cel­e­brat­ing her 70th birth­day in D.C. by at­tend­ing her fourth Women’s March with her sis­ter, Cyn­thia

Barnard, of San Rafael, Cal­i­for­nia. With pained ex­pres­sions, they spoke about Trump’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­verse the poli­cies of his pre­de­ces­sor Barack Obama and his treat­ment of women.

“Look what he’s do­ing to Greta Thun­berg,” Madry said, re­fer­ring to the teenage cli­mate ac­tivist. “He’s the big­gest bully in the world.”

Mean­while, the Na­tional Ar­chives apol­o­gized Sat­ur­day for its de­ci­sion to blur im­ages of anti-Trump signs used as part of an ex­hibit on women’s suf­frage.

The ex­hibit about the 19th Amend­ment, which gave women the right to vote, blurred some an­tiTrump mes­sages on protest signs in a photo of the 2017 Women’s March in Wash­ing­ton.

The ar­chives said the photo in ques­tion is not one of its archival records, but rather was li­censed for use as a pro­mo­tional graphic in the ex­hibit.

“Nonethe­less, we were wrong to al­ter the im­age,” the agency said.

The cur­rent dis­play has been re­moved and will be re­placed as soon as pos­si­ble with one that uses the orig­i­nal, un­al­tered im­age, the ar­chives said.

JO­HANNES EISELE/GETTY-AFP

Peo­ple in­spired by the Chilean fem­i­nist group Las Te­sis dance Sat­ur­day amid a Women’s March in New York City.

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