LOS ANGELES | Demonstrators from Los Angeles to NY marched in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on Saturday, the anniversary of his inauguration.
Early in the morning, people were already on the move to join the rally west of Central Park, which was well attended and overflowing with "energy, empowerment and unity", New Yorkers Lisa and Merely told Efe after the march.
The Las Vegas rally - expected to be the largest on Sunday - was the official anniversary rally of last year's Women's Mach in Washington, and was largely focused on using activism to generate concrete action at the ballot box. REUTERS/Steve MarcusWomen dressed as suffragettes attend the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 21, 2018.
Trump acknowledged the protests in a tweet on Saturday and touted economic successes for women under his administration. While those who marched rallied against a number of issues - such as the gender pay gap or perceived injustices in the Middle East - they all appeared to share a common dislike for President Donald Trump.
"When we think about our influence and how many millions of people marched yesterday and past year we know we are capable of grabbing Congress by the midterms and making sure our values are prioritized", Carmen Perez, Women's March co-chair, told the crowd.
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Singer/actress Cher speaking at the Women's March rally in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rallies in more than 250 United States cities saw demonstrators denounce Mr Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT and women's rights on the anniversary of his inauguration.
"Women bare most of the brunt of racism, discrimination and inequality and it's time to fight back and do it in solidarity", Greens NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi told AAP, who was in of the crowd.
"I want to take steps to make it clear that subjecting my daughter to the same was not an option", she said. She finally bit the man "as hard as I could" and escaped, fleeing into a nearby fraternity house.
The organizers for the Sunday rally are striving for greater inclusion this year, with Hispanic and transgender female speakers, said Carmen Perez, another co-chairman of the 2017 Washington march. I am obsessed with all the women in my life. "Power to the peaceful, power to the people x #womensmarch2018", she said.
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"Today, we march in the streets, then we march to vote, then we march into the halls of government - into state houses, school boards and the US Congress", said Rep. Dina Titus, who serves the 1st Congressional District of Nevada, via video statement.
"I know that the trauma of those events are still with me today and that's what drives me to the voting booth, that's what allows me to listen to the women who are still in silence".
"We live in an alternate universe - it is so bad", said Ms Althea Fusco, 67, who had travelled to the city from upstate NY with two neighbours.
"I think the change we saw in Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama has really motivated people", she said.
Members of the group Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Seattle burned sage and chanted in front of Seattle's rainy march.More news: James Franco Was Not Nominated for a Best Actor Oscar