Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Marches, rallies held in downtown Portland to mark one year after inauguration

Marches, rallies held in downtown Portland to mark one year after inauguration

"We will make our message heard at the polls this fall", Emily Patton, a rally organiser, told thousands of demonstrators at the Reflecting Pool on Washington's National Mall.

Sixteen-year-old Caley Medina said she wanted to spread her activism beyond her high school campus, so she came to the march with her mom and brother.

"We have a President in power who knows no history and seems to have no education, who just disrespects any and everybody in the world", Marie Timothee, a social worker born in Haiti and raised in Brooklyn, told the New York Daily News.

"I'd like to see how many of you today acknowledge that you have put up with abuse, by raising your hands".

Trump made the decision to end DACA, an Obama-era immigration executive order, last year, but delayed the repeal until March.

The Women's March organisation started in Washington in response to Donald Trump's presidential win.

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The March for Impeachment in downtown Portland Saturday was a family affair.

Hollie S. Chambers marched in Miami, carrying a sign that said, "A woman's place is in the revolution!"

In Chicago, thousands of people gathered in Grant Park. Fawzia Mirza drew cheers from the crowd as she kicked off the event with a reference to the partial government shutdown, which began hours earlier.

Speakers at the rally before the march spoke about both national and local issues, which was different from past year when speakers spoke only about national issues. Over the weekend, activists gathered in cities across Europe, including London on Sunday and Rome on Saturday.

Marchers are rallying for women's rights, immigrant, worker disability and environmental rights.

Dezie Woods-Jones, the California president of Black Women Organized for Political Action, this morning issued a statement encouraging black women to participate in the march. Kirsten Gillibrand and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged women to run for office and vote.

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Meanwhile, Trump on Saturday tweeted that it was a "perfect day" for women to march to celebrate the "economic success and wealth creation" that's happened during his first year in office.

A protest in NY was among more than 200 such actions planned for the weekend around the world.

A group of people wearing pink hats board the subway as they head toward the Women's March in New York City.

From Washington DC to Chicago and from California to Japan, crowds of women and their supporters turned out, seeking to channel activism into political change as the U.S. looks ahead to crucial mid-term elections in November.

"I'm anxious for the future of our country", said Lorraine Gayer of Huntington Beach.

The scheduled speakers included Ashley Bennett, a Democrat who was elected Atlantic County, New Jersey freeholder last November.

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