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.
Phillips, who lives in Los Angeles, marched last year too. She called the past year “maddening” but added that it makes her hopeful to see so many women, especially white women and straight women, standing up for their rights.
An early-afternoon tweet from President Trump hailing the nationwide Women’s March gatherings drew groans and guffaws from marchers in Washington who saw it pop up on their phones.
On Twitter, the president called it a “perfect day for all Women to March,” seeming to imply that those taking part were celebrating his administration’s accomplishments.
“Well, we’ll celebrate when…” said an elegant gray-haired woman, before expressing an unprintable wish for Trump’s departure from the scene.
Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!
Malika Dawson, 23, woke up before dawn Saturday, strapped her 1-year-old baby to her front side and boarded a train in Pasadena. By 7 a.m., Dawson and her daughter, Khlo, had arrived in downtown Los Angeles for the march.
“I want to bring my daughter to as many events like this throughout her lifetime,” Dawson said as her daughter stared at a group of people chanting nearby. “Hopefully, it’s not necessary in the future to still protest for women’s rights, but I want her to know she can stand up and take action.
“To see all these people who want equality just like me, it gives me hope for my daughter in the future,” she added.