January 19, 2018
Americans and supporters worldwide will take to the streets this weekend to advance and expand the principles of human rights they advocated during the historic Women’s March of 2017.
Last year, the marches took place directly after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, far exceeding the crowds he drew for that ceremony, with an estimated half a million taking to the streets and the national mall in Washington, DC, alone.
Estimates range between 3 million and 5 million for the number of protesters who made their voices heard in 2017 in the United States—making it the largest single-day protest in American history.
Many Look Back, March Forward events—including those in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston, will take place on Saturday, January 20.
According to the organizers, “Look Back, March Forward will be a celebration of the achievements of this global network held worldwide and a pledge to renewed and continued resistance [to the Trump agenda and human rights challenges] in 2018. We will pledge to commit not only to marching, but direct action and engagement so that we can bring forth real change.”
On Sunday, January 21, there will be a rally that is meant to launch a national tour, called Power to the Polls.With midterm elections approaching, progressives are hoping to organize voters for a Democratic takeover in Congress.
Participants at the Las Vegas rally will include Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Representative John Lewis (D-Georgia-5th District), and Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
While many wanted an “impeach Trump’ theme this year, “It was more important for us to create an event somewhere strategic to reflect the work that needed to be done in 2018. And Nevada is an example of a battleground state that went for Hillary Clinton and went blue in 2016 for the first time,” Bob Bland, co-founder of the original march told NPR. “There are a record number of women running for local office and then also for state and governorship and there are competitive Senate races. We want to uplift that local work on a national scale on January 21.”
What age group will be the most represented at these events? Young people seem to be leading the charge. Millennials ages 18 to 30 are more likely to have gone to a protest since the election than any other age group, according to results of a HuffPost/YouGov poll. Millennials are also more likely than older groups to think protesting is an effective form of political action.
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