Words by Juan Gomez
Pictures by Juan Gomez, Eric Arnold, and Matthew Fleming
The Express listed Oakland at 100,000; change to “Crowds estimated at 100,000 each in Oakland and San Francisco, one day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. The gatherings were but two of many Women’s March rallies held in America and all around the world—estimates range between 2.9 and 4.6 million in attendance–and has been deemed the single largest demonstration in US history.
Many protestors sported pink hats, and/or carried signs and banners. The messages conveyed ranged from commentary on Trump, to denunciations of misogyny, to affirmations of women’s rights, to solidarity with liberation movements like Black Lives Matter. There were also drummers, musicians, and portable sound systems, lending a festive vibe.
According to organizers of the event, the marches aimed to bring attention to such broad issues as human rights, civil liberties, and social justice, which prompted attendees to voice their concerns on a variety of issues ranging from sexual assault to immigrant rights. Now, in the aftermath of its success, organizers are hoping for people to see the march as motivation for continued involvement in raising awareness for equality in the face of an uncertain socio-political future.