Women to march in hundreds of U.S. cities
for third straight year
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[January 19, 2019]
By Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women will march in
hundreds of U.S. cities and overseas on Saturday to mark the second
anniversary of demonstrations that drew millions of protesters to the
streets the day after Republican President Donald Trump's inauguration
in January 2017.
Women's March, a national nonprofit organization that evolved from the
initial Washington march, is again hosting its main event in Washington,
with hundreds of "sister" marches in other cities.
March On, a separate grassroots coalition that also grew from the
original march, has coordinated hundreds of marches in cities such as
Boston, Houston, Baltimore and Denver.
Leaders of both groups say they will use this year's marches to push
policy related to raising the minimum wage, access to reproductive and
healthcare and voting rights, among other issues. They are aiming to
mobilize women to vote ahead of the 2020 elections, when Trump is
expected to be the Republican nominee for president.
"There is definitely huge, huge focus on the 2020 elections," said March
On's Natalie Sanchez, an organizer of the 2017 Boston Women's March who
is also with March Forward Massachusetts, which is leading Saturday's
Activists say the marches are a chance to celebrate the gains made in
the 2018 elections, which saw more women elected to the U.S. Congress
than ever before.
The newly elected women - nearly all Democrats - include the first
Muslim women and first Native American women in Congress, as well as the
first black women to represent their states in New England. Many cited
Trump's presidency among the reasons they decided to run for office.
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People participate in a Women's March to protest against U.S.
President Donald Trump in New York City, U.S. January 21, 2017.
REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File Photo
As the political movement that grew out of hundreds of loosely
affiliated marches in 2017 has grown, divisions have emerged.
In some cities, like New York and Washington, there will be more
than one march or demonstration due to criticism that some Women's
March leaders are anti-Semitic - a charge those leaders have sought
to dispel in recent interviews and statements.
The marches also have been criticized as being not welcoming to
conservative women, who may support Trump's presidency and oppose
abortion rights. The "March for Life" by anti-abortion campaigners
was in Washington on Friday, attended by Vice President Mike Pence.
Leaders of Women's March and March On say there is a role for
"We are all part of the same movement, regardless of any
divisiveness or any drama that goes on," Sanchez said.
(Reporting By Amanda Becker; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and
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