Demonstrators rally worldwide for second day of Women’s Marches
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“But today, we march in the streets, then we march to vote, and then we march into the halls of government — into statehouses, school boards and the U.S. Congress,” she said. “So much is at stake, and women can make the difference for our children, our Dreamers, our environment and our economy.”
Nina Turner, president of activist group Our Revolution and a former Ohio state senator, noted that many of the march’s leaders were women of color.
“Some folks don’t want to give the Women’s March the credit that they deserve for being an organizational movement that is led by women of color,” she said to cheers and applause.
Organizers described the rally as “an event that will launch a national voter registration tour one year after the historic Women’s March on Washington,”
“This next stage of the movement will channel the energy and activism of the Women’s March into tangible strategies and concrete wins in 2018,” the statement said.
“We are the leaders we have been waiting for,” reads a banner atop the statement.
Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, echoed the sentiment Sunday.
“Let me just start off by reminding us that we are who the world is waiting for,” she said. “There is no force in the world that is more powerful than those who have been denied justice and safety and dignity, because these things are our birthright.”
“This moment calls us to change the balance of power so that all of us get to access our birthright,” she added.
Marches were scheduled take place in other cities, including Phoenix; Miami; Orlando, Florida; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Topeka, Kansas.
This year’s rallies are also taking place amid the
global #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, misconduct and abuses of power.
More than 14,000 demonstrators gathered in downtown Knoxville on Sunday,
In Miami, more than 1,000 demonstrators gathered, waving signs and cheering in the city’s Wynwood district,
Demonstrations were also expected in London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney and other European and Australian cities.
In London, demonstrators carried placards reading “We Are Powerful” and “Time’s Up” and chanted outside Prime Minister Theresa May’s office as they raised grievances ranging from workplace inequities to misogynistic abuse on social media, according to The Associated Press. The demonstration drew thousands of people, despite sleet and snow.
hundreds of thousands gathered nationwide, many with signs and signature pink hats, for the first round of this year’s Women’s Marches.