News: At least 120K rally at Women’s March in Seattle
SEATTLE – Tens of thousands hit the streets in Seattle in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington D.C.
Hundreds wore pink “pussyhats” and held signs proclaiming support not only for women rights but equality, social justice and human rights. Some say they’re protesting President Donald Trump’s policies, while others want to promote unity or to oppose racism, sexism and hate
Law enforcement told KOMO News an estimated 120,000 people participated in the march from Judkins Park to Seattle Center. By Saturday afternoon, demonstrators had packed the entire 3.6 mile route
Nancy Davenport marched on Washington 28 years ago to stand up for women’s equality. The 72-year-old was back at it Saturday, this time joining thousands in the other Washington who crammed the streets of Seattle to send a message to President Donald Trump about women’s rights and other causes.
“We thought we were done and we’re not,” said the Port Angeles woman, who carried a sign that read in part: “Don’t make us come back in 28 years to do it again.” ”You have to keep fighting for what you believe in.”
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray also marched, saying the event was about unity and diversity.
This is about being welcome and opening,” Murray said. “That’s Seattle’s message. A very different message than we saw yesterday.
Across the Pacific Northwest, women’s marches and rallies in cities from Seattle to Spokane, as well as Portland, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho, drew thousands of women and others.
“I’m here today because I’m scared and fearful for what’s going to happen for the next four years,” said Sara Irish, 52, who lives in Tacoma. She joined a throng of people who showed up at Seattle’s Judkins Park, the start of the march. “We need to be united to make a difference and let our government know that we’re all united.”
Christina Chung, 29, a doctoral student at the University of Washington in Seattle, said the current political climate requires that she and others make a stand.
“I’m standing for feminist values. I want to talk about a women’s right to self-determination for her own body. Also, the need to have adequate health care,” she said, adding that she opposes efforts to defund Planned Parenthood