Giant crowds are expected at rallies around the United States Saturday for a second Women's March opposing President Donald Trump, and calling for voter mobilization ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Some 5 million women around the world staged demonstrations on January 21 previous year, the day after Trump's inauguration, many wearing pink "pussy hats" in reference to the president's boast about grabbing women's genitals.
For 2018, marches and rallies are being held in cities across the country throughout the weekend.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, the crowd chanted, "Elect Women!" and "Vote!" and carried signs that said, "Grab 'em by the polls", "Don't boo, vote", "KISS my ballot", "First we marched, now we run" and "Stay angry and flip Congress in 2018".
Marches in L.A., San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento are among some 200 planned around the world this weekend in opposition to Trump policies and to protest sexual assault and harassment.
Other signs were just as handsome as they were powerful.
A woman holds a sign at the reflecting pool during the Women's March on Washington.
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While Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, underscored his account, Republican Sen. "I stand behind every word that I said". The South Carolina Republican says White House chief of staff John Kelly is "a fine man, but he's part of the staff".
"People were pretty damn mad last year and they're pretty damn mad this year", said Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women's March board.
Many marchers expressed their commitment to American ideals and said it is the president himself who is un-American, criticizing his administration's approach to the environment, health care, immigration reform and taxes.
"Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months", he tweeted.
However, the Times notes, "According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the unemployment rate for women aged 20 and older has been falling steadily since 2012, years before Mr. Trump took office".
Mayor Eric Garcetti estimated 500,000 people turned out Saturday for the women's march. Co-founder Vanessa Wruble told CNN that the group chose to branch off to focus on electing Democrats in red states during the 2018 midterm elections. She said that since last year's march she she has met with senators and representatives, organized her neighbors and gone to dozens of protests. "This year, I feel like I'm in it for the long haul". Women's March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists and organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events.
"I am going to keep working at this", said Glaven, a biologist from Mount Pleasant, Md. "It is dire that we do something because it is just ridiculous what is happening to this country, what people think about us around the world and just undermining the basic fundamentals of humanity and the constitution and what democracy should stand for".
See below for more photos of today's marches around the country.
"It's really important for people to recognize that every election matters, not just the big presidential election", Greenberg said.