Women's March: celebrities lead anti-Trump rally

William began by asking what they hope to accomplish.

Despite organisers of the march not mentioning Donald Trump's name in their mission statement, they did say the march was meant to send a strong message to the new government that women's rights are human rights.

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Across the country (and world) women and their allies answered President Donald Trump's inauguration with a decisive call to action.

Many demonstrators toted posters with a variety of slogans, such as "California Says "Hella" No" and "Yes We Still Can".

"We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new president is waging a war".

"Hopefully", said Peggy Quarles, a retired environmental consultant from Charlottesville, Virginia, "we all go home and are interested in keeping up the pressure on our local congressmen".

So, there are so many things. "That's identity politics. We're sending the message that we're all Americans". "It just upsets me to see us go backwards".

Under cloudy skies at the West Front of the US Capitol, Trump promised to stir a "new national pride" and protect the US from the "ravages" of countries he says have stolen US jobs. So, this is not a march against Trump. March participants began crowding parts of the Washington subway system, Metro, early on Saturday.

Is there something about his administration that you guys are particularly concerned about? "But it is. Misogyny and bigotry are global issues". "So we have to be louder than the racism and discrimination that came out of this election and show him that we are definitely a force". But despite indications from some event organizers last week that the demonstration was not defined as "anti-Trump", it was in every respect a march against the new president - taking place as he attended a National Prayer Service after waking up in the White House for the first time. A few Asian-Americans, Latinos and African-Americans were on hand to cheer Trump, but overwhelmingly they reflected his base, as did Barack Obama's at his swearing-in ceremony. Sarsour serves as executive director of the Arab American Association of NY, co-founder of Muslims for Ferguson, and a member of Justice League NYC. Need help? Email us. The lingering eye contact with total strangers of a dozen different races, an unspoken bond that we were united.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: It's hard to talk about these things. "I learned later that a guy had smashed out a window of a auto and tried to drive it into a crowd, so the National Guard kind of came in", Thiers said.

Some marchers are undoubtedly marching explicitly against President Trump, against a man who speaks about women as if they were pieces of meat, who seems a throwback to Mad Men days in his rating and groping of women.

CARMEN PEREZ: We welcome you.

The setup, right after the inauguration, was not adequate for most of the crowd to even hear speeches and performances on a stage. And that's why I have taken that role now.

Gandhi, Yasmin and Barua were joined by an estimated 500,000 women in downtown DC, who came equipped with megaphones, catchy chants and an array of witty, insightful and in some cases, heartbreaking signs. Supporters of Trump reportedly paid to have the president's name written in the air, prompting jeers from the crowd.

"President Trump, I did not vote for you".

They moved slowly through the streets, voicing support for women's and immigrant rights, Black Lives Matter, education and other causes.

"Tell me what democracy looks like".

Washington subway trains and platforms were packed with people.

BOB BLAND: For us, this impact will be something that reverberates across the country and across the world for quite a while. I'm so glad I marched. I think it's up to them to take their power and use it. In San Francisco, thousands formed a human chain on the Golden Gate Bridge and chanted "Love Trumps hate".

BOB BLAND: I think he will be tweeting.

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