Tens of thousands of young women wore masks on Saturday in the nation’s capital and other US cities, urging voters to oppose US President Donald Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the November 3 election.
Trump was playing during the coronavirus epidemic the next day of the January 2017 inauguration, rallies that began with a massive women’s parade, and demonstrators were asked to wear face shields and adhere to social distance.
Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, launched the event by asking people to distance themselves from each other, saying it was the only Superspreader event to take place at the White House recently.
She spoke about the power of women to end the Trump presidency.
“His presidency began with a women’s parade and now it ends with a women’s vote,” she said.
Read a message in a sea of signs by demonstrators “Vote for your daughter’s future”. “Fight like a girl,” said another.
Demonstrators rallied in dozens of other cities from New York to San Francisco to indicate opposition to Trump and his policies, especially filling the seat of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Election Day.
Socializing took place at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, outside the dormitory where Bader Ginsburg lived as an undergraduate student.
In New York, a masked Donald Trump demonstrator stands next to a statue of George Washington in Federal Hall during a women’s parade outside the New York Stock Exchange.
The cardboard sign “We Disagree” carried by a young woman in a red mask with small pictures of a Liberal Supreme Court judge, the September 18 death asked Republicans to replace her with a conservative.
Masked people gathered peacefully in the sunny sky on the steps of City Hall in Portland, Oregon. One speaker called for an end to racial justice and police brutality.
In Washington, protesters began with a rally at Freedom Plaza and then marched toward Capitol Hill, where they were met by anti-abortion activists.
In several speeches at the rally, Sonja Spoo, director of reproductive rights campaigns at Ultraviolet, said she was embarrassed when asked by reporters whether Trump would accept a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the re-election bid.
“When we vote for him, come on November 3rd, there is no other way,” Spoo said. “Donald Trump cannot choose whether he is in power or not.”
“It’s not his power, it’s our power … we’re hell and high water,” she said.
Next month’s presidential race is set to be a special New York protest center on Saturday, with hundreds of protesters protesting the killing of blacks by police officers.
Among those protesting was Tamika Palmer, the mother of Bronna Taylor, a black medical worker who was killed by authorities in March in an attack on her home in Louisville, Kentucky.
A grand jury decided last month not to charge any of the police officers involved in her death; Instead, an officer was charged with firing on a neighboring house.
“People should go out and vote,” Palmer told reporters. “Protesting is good, but if we do not take it to the polls, we are not going to make the change we want and need.”
The report was co-authored by Lynn Berry and Jose Louise Magna in Washington, Robert Bumstead in New York and Martha Bellisley in Seattle.