WOMEN CELEBRATE TRUMP’S FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE WITH PROTESTS
A year to the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, millions took to the streets all over the world to participate in the second annual Women’s March. According to the Women’s March official website, 673 marches took place world wide with nearly 5 million people marching.
From Las Vegas to Washington D.C and abroad, those who marched on Jan 20, 2018 came out for a number of reasons. Stronger gun laws, LGBTQ+ rights, race equality, addressing disabilities, and women’s rights were what some of the protesters brought to the table in addition to resistance to the current administration.
At the Women’s March on New York City (NYC), more than 200,000 people flooded the streets, stretching from Columbus Ave to 86th St. While the turnout number is lower than last year’s march, those who were in attendance were noted to be a more diverse and inclusive crowd.
Some critics have argued that the demonstrations were catered to primarily a liberal white female base, but the goals of the movement have shown a shift away from aggression towards Trump and moved to address problems that face America today.
Arguably one of the most prevalent theme to this year’s march was to get more women and progressive candidates to run for office. Speeches were made at the protest demonstrations to encourage people to vote and run in the 2018 elections and volunteers lined the streets to help people register to vote.
At the NYC march, speakers included New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Ashley Bennett, who won a seat in Atlantic County from a GOP politician who mocked last years march. In addition to political figures, celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Halsey, and Rosie Perez also spoke to the masses of people lined up to march.
“This is our time, this is our moment,” said Perez during a speech where she encouraged women to get more involved in politics. “Power to the pussy y’all.”
Speakers took turns to the podium, but within an hour of the speeches, protesters began to show a loss of patience. Participants began to leave their starting place while others shouted “March!” in between and during some of the speeches made. The event started at approximately 11:30 a.m. but the march didn’t begin to move until after 1 p.m.
Once on the move, protesters displayed their homemade signs and would chant slogans and protest cheers. The crowds gained more enthusiasm to speak out while passing Trump property buildings as well as the Fox News headquarters, shouting “Shame,” and derogatory statements.
Adjacent to the Fox News building, a smaller and more silent protest took place by Brick X Brick, a collective of individuals who display human walls to combat misogyny. The human wall held people dressed in jumpsuits that resembled bricks, with some bricks containing statements made from Trump over the course of his life in regards to women.
“We believe that women’s rights are humans rights. We resist patriarchal, heteronormative, discriminatory, and oppressive systems and structures of power. Misogyny has no place in our White House or in society,” reads their mission statement on brickxbrick.org.
There were a few Trump supporters set out on the sidelines of the march with signs and flags of their own which incited some back and forth dialogue but nothing more than verbal aggression ensued between the two groups.
The march has been criticized for the amount of posters left behind on the sidewalks after the protest ended and for receiving more media coverage than the March for Life, which occurred the day before the Women’s March.