Millions of women are rallying across several cities in the U.S. and Europe in solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington D.C. to support women’s and civil rights, just one day after President elect Donald Trump became inaugurated as the 45th president in the United States and defeated the first woman to nearly occupy the White House in a close election that was marked with controversy, intelligence reports of Russian hacking, and political division.
Rallies are currently underway across several U.S. and European cities including Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and London.
According to the Women’s March on Washington’s website, the Women’s March at the National Mall in Washington D.C. is for any person, regardless of gender or gender identity, who believes women’s rights are human rights.
“The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us” the Women’s March website reads.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gave a speech during a Saturday march in Boston that saw her criticize President Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S-Mexican border while insisting that immigration makes us a stronger country.
“We will not build a stupid wall. And we will not tear millions of families apart, not on our watch” Senator Warren said on Saturday.
“And we believe that sexism, racism, homophobia, and bigotry have no place in this country. Black lives matter. Diversity makes our country stronger” Warren said.
Senator Warren explained that equal means equal in the workplace, in marriage, and everyplace.
“We believe in equal pay for equal work and a woman’s right to decisions over her own body” Warren added.
Many of the women attending the rallies across the country are genuinely concerned that women’s rights will become weakened through the unraveling of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which President Trump has already begun to weaken on inauguration day through executive action.
On Friday at the Oval Office, President Trump signed an executive order that requires all federal agencies and government departments to “minimize the burden” of Obamacare.
Many of the policy actions to fully repeal the provisions of the healthcare law still requires Congressional action and faces political challenges in the days ahead.
Political filmmaker Michael Moore said in a Washington D.C. speech today that he woke up today and read a Washington Post newspaper headline that reads “Trump Takes Power.”
“I don’t think so. Here’s the power. Here’s the majority of America right now” Moore said after gesturing to a vocal audience, ripping up the Washington Post newspaper, and claim that we are going to have a million people today.