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California billionaire Tom Steyer announced recently that he won’t be running for U.S. Senate or governor this year. But that certainly doesn’t mean he’s stepping out of the political spotlight.

Speaking to protesters at the Women’s March in Chicago, Steyer urged the crowd to get more politically involved.

“This year is different. This year we have to be more purposeful,” said Steyer, wearing a white sweatshirt with the words “NEED TO IMPEACH” emblazoned on the front. “Because in 10 months, there are going to be 435 congressional seats up … and that means we are going to have to be more organized, we are going to have to be engaged, and we are going to have to go to the polls and flip those seats.”

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Our democracy’s survival and and the Earth’s survival depends on our ability to get people the facts, help them understand who is really on their side — and they’re not alone — and then get them registered and motivated to vote.

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I am speaking today not just for the MeToos because I am a MeToo. But when I raise my hand I am aware of all the women who are still in silence, the women who are faceless, the women who don’t have the money and who don’t have the constitution and who don’t have the confidence and who don’t have the images in our media that gives them a sense of self-worth to break their silence.

  • L.A.
Ali Davis, 46, of Koreatown holds a sign urging marchers to get politically involved.
Ali Davis, 46, of Koreatown holds a sign urging marchers to get politically involved. (Michael Livingston / Los Angeles Times)

A year after the inaugural Women’s March, some Angelenos were less interested in reacting to the Trump presidency than plotting to stymie it.

Many held signs and chanted slogans looking ahead to the 2018 midterm elections, which are increasingly expected to bring a Democratic wave. Ten Republican incumbents are being targeted in California congressional contests, and races here are seen as critical battlegrounds in the Democrats’ plans to retake control of the House.

“A protest is great, but if you don’t follow that up by bothering your politicians and going to vote, it doesn’t do much,” said Ali Davis, 46, a Koreatown resident who was holding a sign that read, “Grab em by the ballot box.”

  • L.A.

The march in Los Angeles remained largely peaceful Saturday, with no arrests reported as of 2 p.m.

“It’s been pretty calm,” said Officer Karen Mondragon of the LAPD’s Central Station.

There was a short confrontation between supporters of President Trump and some marchers near the end of the march route. 

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  • Around the country

This entire year has been the winter of our discontent. But it has also been the year of our awakening and awake we are to the lack of respect and denial of our rights.

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Hundreds came to City Park in Park City, Utah, for the Respect Rally on the one-year anniversary of the national Women's March.

Nonstop snow, below-freezing temperatures and Sundance Film Festival crowds didn’t stop hundreds from venturing to Park City, Utah, for a Women’s March anniversary rally.

For some, the Respect Rally conveyed a message of female empowerment and progress.

Lisa Williams brought along her inspiration for attending — her 3-year-old daughter, Annie.

Video credit: Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times

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Actress Scarlett Johansson, who is expected to be one of the featured speakers at Saturday’s Women’s March L.A., is the subject of a separate demonstration.

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An effigy of President Trump at the Women's March in Portland, Ore.
An effigy of President Trump at the Women's March in Portland, Ore. (Thacher Schmid / For the Times)

Hundreds of protesters and a smattering of counterprotesters gathered at Terry Schrunk Plaza in downtown Portland on the first anniversary of the Women's March — with a backdrop of dozens of police in riot gear.

While last year's Women's March attracted as many as 100,000 in pouring rain, this year's events splintered into at least four protests and rallies.

The Trump Impeachment March and #MeToo March & SpeakOUT rally were all unfolding on Saturday, while a separate Indigenous Women's March was planned for Sunday.