A day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, millions nationwide and around the world marched in support of women's rights.
• Huge crowds converge on flagship Washington march.
• Hundreds of thousands at Los Angeles march alone
• Did you march? Tell us why.
• See the marches around the world.
The three main cable news networks may have been equal in their wall-to-wall coverage of Friday’s inauguration and its festivities, but during Saturday’s coverage of the Women’s March on Washington, the historical divide between Fox News and its compatriots was firmly reinstated.
CNN, MSNBC and Fox News were all dinged by many viewers for choosing to open their Saturday morning coverage with footage of newly minted President Trump at the National Prayer Service rather than the estimated 500,000 marchers.
But by midmorning, while CNN and MSNBC had turned their multi-screened attention to the throngs of protesters, Fox, which had drawn a tweet of praise from the president for its coverage of the inauguration, continued to do just that.
Showing shots of the White House, Fox recapped the previous day’s events, discussed the swearing-in of the secretary of Defense and reported on the Trump family’s bowling in their new Pennsylvania Avenue home.
As the day wore on and millions marched and rallied around the country, commentators at MSNBC and CNN repeatedly expressed surprise at the number of people involved and invited a wide range of conversation about what such an event could mean for the country.
Like a great pink-capped wave, rolling from one edge of the country to the other, more than a million protesters marched through the streets of America on Saturday in an unprecedented show of discontent scarcely a day into the new Trump administration.
From resort towns like Bend, Ore., to the skyscraper-lined streets of New York City, it was an outpouring that surely gladdened critics of President Trump and lifted the faint spirits of Democrats crushed by his upset victory.
But once the protest signs come down and buoyant marchers tuck their “pussy hats” away in their closets, what remains is a stark reality facing the left-leaning throngs: a government in Washington run by the GOP and more than 30 state capitals where Republicans enjoy unchecked control.
Politically, that is the kind of breakwater that can dash the strongest wave.
Any big political march is both a test of a city’s spatial limitations and an exercise in seeing and using that city in a new way. This may be especially true in Los Angeles, a city still trying to shake off an outdated reputation as a place without a significant pedestrian culture or vibrant public realm.
The Los Angeles edition of Saturday’s women’s march was in that sense another sign of the city’s continuing effort to redefine, or at least recalibrate, its public-ness.
What really struck me Saturday as I watched the march descend on Pershing Square and make its way to the foot of City Hall, was how certain spaces and corridors absorbed the unusual mass of humanity far better than others. The LAPD called it the largest gathering downtown since the immigration rights protests of 2006, attracting “hundreds of thousands” of people, according to multiple media reports.
At several moments, bottlenecks of these masses suggested overtaxed spaces and an inadequate infrastructure (and maybe also imperfect planning for the march itself). Other times, the crowd moved easily from one block to the next.
As I stood crowded in by a mass of marchers, it wasn’t difficult to think that 'radical flatness' would be an improvement in handling crowds of this size.
All morning, from what I could see, the marchers were jovial and relaxed, even when they seemed hopelessly stuck.
My short-form report card reads this way: low to middling marks for Metro and Pershing Square, high ones for Grand Park.
It is often artists who are a public voice of opposition. And artists need to bring that voice of opposition to this cause — with every drop of blood and every tear.
They began to gather just after 7 a.m. Saturday at the Good Luck Gallery, a small art space on Chung King Road in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. Owner Paige Wery, who showcases the work of outsider artists, threw open the doors in advance of the women’s march in Los Angeles to offer artists, friends and colleagues a base from which to attend the downtown action.
She also offered hot coffee, a bathroom and a table full of art supplies — so that last-minute arrivals could produce protest posters.
Paul Kopeikin, who runs Culver City’s Kopeikin Gallery, showed up with boxes of doughnuts and a fabric sign on his back that read “Not My President.”
“I think artists feel they belong to a group that is directly affected,” said Kopeikin, bearing a placard that reads “Unity!”
Carolina A. Miranda has spent inauguration weekend following L.A.'s cultural institutions big and small to see how they are responding -- or not -- to the beginning of the Trump administration. Here are some of her other dispatches:
The trees were filled with bras outside the Women's March on Washington. Behind the rally stage, branches were draped with brassiers, presumably from the participants in the march.
"Enough is enough! Stop the war on women. Leave Medicare, Medicaid and Planned Parenthood alone!!!" read one sign. "Resist!" said another.
Bras weren't the only feminine intimate product used to send messages. Marchers wrote notes of protest on women's sanitary pads that were affixed to a wall. Among the messages: "Women's rights are human rights!" "My body, my choice!" "Nasty women fight orange trolls." And with a drawing of a wire hanger, "Never again!"
The Women's March on Washington may have been filled with celebrities, singers and all sorts of Hollywood A-listers, but it was longtime feminist and writer Gloria Steinem who really revved up the crowd.
Upon exiting the Women's March after her keynote speech in which she emphasized that protest means more than hitting the "send" button, a crowd formed around Steinem. Mothers rushed up to introduce their daughters to her; protesters held out their signs for her autograph.
Even California's Wendy Carrillo seemed excited to tell Steinem that she she is a candidate to replace Xavier Becerra in the 34th Congressional District. "I'm running!" Carrillo exclaimed.
We spoke with Steinem briefly and asked her to elaborate on the speech she gave during Saturday's rally.
“We’re doing it," Steinem said. "Pressing send does not allow us to empathize with other people. ... If you hold a baby you’re flooded with empathy. If you see somebody in an accident you want to help them. I love books, but [empathy] doesn’t happen from a book. It doesn’t happen from a screen. It only happens when we’re together.”
As for the day itself, Steinem appeared to be elated. "I think I just had to wait for some of my friends to be born," she remarked.
And as the day turned to dusk, a flock of fans from behind the police barricades still chanted, "Glor-i-a, Glor-i-a."
Watch Steinem's speech below:
New Yorkers were struggling to to remember when there might have been more people out on the streets than during Saturday’s woman’s march -- perhaps back in 1982, when there was a huge anti-nuclear protest, or during the marches against the Vietnam War, or more recently, after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Organizers estimated the crowd Saturday at 250,000, about four times what had been expected, and some police officers said they thought it was larger.
Women and men, girls and boys, more people than even jaded New Yorkers could imagine, gridlocked the streets and sidewalks from Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza near the United Nations, jamming 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue as they headed up to Trump Tower, the permanent residence of the newly inaugurated president.
The soaring atrium of Grand Central Station was filled with balloons, signs and people in costume. "This was the Woodstock of your generation,’’ a 73-year-old retiree, John Molanphy, said while riding home on the subway in a hand-knitted pink hat. “I’d been to big demonstrations before in New York, but nothing like this.’’
The atmosphere was friendly. There was no sign of riot gear anywhere. Marchers waved at police and police often waved back. In front of Trump Tower, a march organizer balanced a loudspeaker on the roof of a police car to cheer on marchers while a police officer helped hold it in place.
To a large extent, the march had the blessing of the city leadership under Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.
"Look around you. We are together. We are united. We are always New York. Let’s march,’’ roared Chirline McCray, the mayor's wife, who opened the rally at the beginning of the march.
In addition to official power, there was plenty of star power: Rosie Perez, Whoopi Goldberg, Helen Mirren and Taylor Schilling of “Orange is the New Black.’’
Although Donald Trump is a native New Yorker, many in his hometown aren't fans.
“We hate him because we know him,’’ said Nadine Hoffman, a veteran activist.
No surprise, since New York is one of the creative capitals of the country, the march turned into an outdoor art gallery of imaginative posters, many of them featuring cats (a reference to a video leaked during the campaign in which Trump referred to female anatomy), and others with coat hangers (a reference to fears that women will be forced to return to the days of illegal abortions.)
A few samples of those that were clean enough for a family newspaper.
“You can’t comb over corruption.”
@fakesign. Highly overrated.
Just say Nyet.
It appeared there were nearly as many men as women in the crowds.
One man carried a sign that read, "I’m with her and her and her and her and her.”
Another carried a young baby in a backpack with an attached sign that read, “My papa is a feminist.”
The women's march has seriously wound down. Several hundred demonstrators are still massed in front of the White House, but Constitution Ave. has finally been cleared.
The final contingent to march on Constitution was an indigenous women's group, Indigenous Women Rise, that sang while marching before coming to a stop in front of the White House and giving prayer.
After giving each other hugs, the women melted away, and police vehicles began to drive through the street and urge stragglers to get back on the sidewalks.
Amanda Grossi, a freelance translator, was in danger of losing her jobs because she couldn’t afford glasses. Then came the Affordable Care Act. Suddenly, seeing her work was within sight.
“People forget that basic needs like glasses allow me to work and contribute taxes and not be a burden on the system,” Grossi said at the Women’s March in Las Vegas on Saturday. “It’s an investment.”
The 28-year-old was upset when President Trump signed an executive order Friday to “ease the burden" of the act known as Obamacare.
Being a Las Vegas native, she thought the best way to make a statement at the march was to let Trump know he was making a bad bet. So she borrowed her sister’s Halloween costume – a queen of hearts – and made a sign that read “Don’t gamble with women’s health.”
Grossi said everything from Planned Parenthood services to just being able to get prescription glasses was too important to the economy to jettison now.
She was one of about 4,000 people marching down Fremont Street, past the El Cortez Casino, a few bars with late-night revelers who were now late-morning stragglers, and the Wee Kirk O’ The Heather Wedding Chapel. They stopped in front of Foley Federal Building on Las Vegas Boulevard, with the iconic Stratosphere Hotel and Casino as a backdrop.
Grossi said marching made her feel like she was making a statement the day after Trump “took away my voice.”
But she said the march had to be just the beginning. She hoped people would work to get Democrats elected in the mid-term elections in 2018 and gain control of Congress.
She then held up her sign and joined the crowd in chanting,
“justice, peace and equality for all — stronger together we won’t fall."
Standing in a chilly sea breeze, hundreds of American expatriate demonstrators gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to protest what they described as President Trump’s slights against women and minorities.
Demonstrators were careful to keep the focus local, though, singing Hebrew prayers for peace, protesting Trump’s promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and holding up signs critical of the new president’s emerging bromance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"The question is what we in Israel can do as an act of resistance against Trump,’’ said Larry Derfner, a left-wing blogger and columnist. “I would say that any act of protest, of getting in people’s faces, against the Netanyahu administration and the occupation is by direct extension an act of resistance.”
Derfner also slammed Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel, real estate lawyer David Friedman, for referring to the liberal American Jewish political advocacy group J-Street as “kapos.”
“We have to organize a boycott of him,’’ said Derfner, an Israeli American.
Speakers called on the crowd to express solidarity with Palestinians in Israel and in the West Bank who have had homes demolished by Israeli authorities.
Evan Kent, a 56-year-old Jerusalem resident and former cantor at Temple Isaiah in West Los Angeles, said he made the trip to Tel Aviv to support demonstrators in the U.S. and around the world. He said he was disturbed that Trump’s victory is emboldening Israel’s right-wing government.
"The right wing in Israel has formed an alliance with Trump, thinking he’s giving them an imprimatur to be more right-wing, it’s a little disconcerting,’’ he said. “Trump's personality indicates he will only do what’s best for him, and not what’s best for Israel. The people who think he’s best for Israel are sadly delusional.’’
Jorge Rodriguez, 64, has been involved in civil rights movements since he was a teenager. He participated in demonstrations to protest immigration raids and to call for amnesty for immigrants living in the country illegally during the 1970s and 80s.
Rodriguez, who lives in South Pasadena, was also one of the organizers of the immigrant-rights protest of 2006 that drew an estimated 500,000 people.
Glancing at the sea of people that stretched from First Street to Grand Avenue, Rodriguez said he noticed the crowd was younger.
"It's great," he said. "The fact that there's more women here is a testament of the resistance, and it's not just women, but families."
Rodriguez said the crowd was also more diverse than the 2006 immigration march.
"I knew it was going to be a big march because people are upset and they want to fight," he said. "People won't want their rights taken away."
Rodriguez is hoping that the march will inspire people to find ways to fight against injustice and hold elected officials accountable.
"I have hope," he said. "There's a new generation that is stepping up to stop injustice."
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti revved up the crowd at the women's march, telling them: "Don't be afraid."
"It doesn't matter who is at the top," Garcetti said, drawing raucous cheers. "It matters what we do at the bottom."
The mayor, who campaigned for Hilary Clinton during the election, said the fight would continue for abortion rights, same-sex marriage and affordable healthcare.
"Today we speak out, but tomorrow we act out," Garcetti said.
The mayor is seeking a second and final term in the March city election.
Several times at the Women’s March, I couldn’t move left, or right, forward or back.
Women, and more than a few men, swarmed onto the National Mall from every direction to march in protest of Donald Trump on his second day as president.
Speaking of crowd size, it should surprise no one that Trump spent part of the day moaning about crowd estimates for his Friday inauguration.
In more ways than one, size matters to Trump.
He must have looked out the window at some point and noticed that the protest march appeared larger than the celebration march, and he took a shot at the media for getting it wrong, calling reporters dishonest.
Among our sins, he said, we falsely accused him of having feuded with American intelligence agencies.
This from the guy who compared American CIA officers to Nazis.
“This is what democracy looks like,” marchers chanted throughout the day.
Although women’s issues were central to the Women’s March, demonstrators were there because of concerns including environmental policy, bigotry and immigration.
A man seated in a medical chair held up a sign that said: “Mock me to my face.”
“Make America think again,” said another sign.
Dean Cannon, 8, from Atlanta, held up a message for the new president: “Tweet All People Kindly.”
Bob and Mary Helen Harris sat on a bench at the end of the march holding a sign:
“Been Marching Since 1963.”
“Trump has been frankly frightening, with his demagoguery and misogyny,” said Bob, a retired Presbyterian minister.
They said this wouldn’t be their last march.
Roger Boesche, who taught Barack Obama in 1979, was among the throngs of demonstrators who participated in the women's march in downtown L.A.
Boesche, 68, now wheelchair-bound and still teaching at Occidental College, was steered through the crowd by his two nieces, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, as well as two close friends, who all flanked him protectively as they inched their way up Olive Street amid a densely packed crowd.
"He was Obama's favorite politics professor!" boasted his sister-in-law. "This is a march for everyone, and we'll keep going" for the next four years.
The tally of women and their supporters marching in Washington is now thought to be close to half a million, an enormous, raucous rally intended to send a potent message of defiance to newly inaugurated President Trump — a gathering so huge that it overspilled its banks like a river in a show of strength, solidarity and joyful chaos.
Other gatherings around the country also have grown to unexpected size, forcing organizers to veer off planned routes or stand in place to chant and cheer, rather than marching as planned.
Marches were underway in an estimated 673 “sister” cities — a total of up to 2.5 million protesters, organizers said, in cities all over Europe and in Kenya, South Africa and Australia.
Here's an overview of the day's events: