In Atlanta, thousands of activists gathered Saturday morning at a squat, brightly painted warehouse in a poor but gentrifying neighborhood southwest of downtown as organizers set up booths on voting, women’s healthcare and civil rights.
Outside, a large sign declared “HUMANITY CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT EMPATHY.”
Rather than march again, organizers of Power to the Polls planned the event to inspire more progressive candidates to run for office, register voters and educate activists on how they can effectively mobilize people to vote.
Dusting off pink-knit hats and brandishing colorful signs, marchers gathered Saturday in the shadow of the capital’s Lincoln Memorial, in midtown Manhattan and in scores of other venues across the country — not aiming to recreate the record-shattering crowds of the Women’s March a year ago this weekend, but vowing to make a mark at the ballot box.
The crowds are not expected to be as large as last January, when more than 1 million people marched across the globe to protest the presidency of Donald Trump, who was inaugurated a day earlier. Still, if all goes according to plans hatched by a variety of activist groups, protests will unfold this weekend in all 50 states and several foreign countries.
“I think they will be smaller, but I think they will be more focused,” said Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. That march was among the largest in American history, and protesters flooded the National Mall and streets throughout the capital.
In all, hundreds of events are planned for Saturday and Sunday, dubbed the #WeekendofWomen on social media.
Thousands of people plan to hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday for the second Women’s March in L.A. Here’s everything you need to know about it:
What’s the plan?
The Los Angeles event starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Pershing Square. Attendees will begin to march at 10 a.m. to reach Grand Park and City Hall by 11 a.m., where a very long list of politicians and activists are scheduled to talk until 3 p.m. There will also be plenty of Hollywood “special guests,” including actresses Laverne Cox, Scarlett Johansson and Olivia Munn.
Organizers of the Women’s March in Los Angeles march expect around 200,000 attendees on Saturday, according to their website. The Los Angeles Police Department does not provide crowd estimates, said Officer Norma Eisenman, a spokeswoman.
Road closures will affect Broadway, as well as Spring, Olive and Hill streets from 6th Street to City Hall.
Another march that starts at noon, OneLife L.A., will prompt road closures from La Placita Olvera to North Spring Street.