Demonstrators denounce Trump, march for #MeToo movement across the US

Women's marches across the globe in support of #MeToo movement on one-year anniversary of Trump's inauguration

Women's marches underway in Canadian cities, a year after Trump inauguration

This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's sparsely-attended inauguration in Washington, DC, and the historically large nationwide protest of his administration the day after.

With apparent sarcasm, Trump tweeted, "Beautiful weather all over our great country, a flawless day for all women to march". This year, organizers say they are reaching out to local partners after a year of grassroots work to try to access a cross section of America, from minorities to the disenfranchised to women in low-income communities.

Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children took to the streets from Washington to Los Angeles to protest the state of women's rights and other issues.

But many at the demonstrations still shared their broad concerns about the direction of the country under the Trump administration, especially as it related to women's rights, immigration, diversity and freedom of the press.

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Across the country, marchers were overwhelmingly white, although organizers said they made stronger efforts this year to connect with communities of color and pushed to register voters. "The only way they are going to see the policies that reflect their desires is for them to get involved in the politically process itself", said Jordan.

This means that any march this year will be hosted by either an affiliated or unaffiliated chapter of the Women's March organization, not the national organization itself, according to a disclaimer.

"I'm old", Debbie Droke, age 63, of Vienna, Va., told NPR, "I was doing this in the '70s".

On that note, people across the country grabbed their homemade signs, pulled on their pink pussy hats, and poured out into the streets to protest in the second annual Women's March.

Los Angeles is expected to draw one of the largest crowds.

"Last year I was in shock and depressed".

"I was thrown on my back, I had a man on top of me" she said of the moment of terror. This weekend, protesters are marching in solidarity with DACA recipients, demanding the federal government restore protections to shield them from the threat of deportation. In Virginia's statewide races a year ago, women turned out in huge numbers at the polls and on the ballots as Democrats made gains in state legislative races.

"I started screaming bloody murder", she said.

After Saturday's march in Ottawa there is a workshop focused on women in politics. This new initiative will address voter registration and voter suppression head on. The atmosphere was festive, with people chanting, "This us what democracy looks like!"

"All of these problems, including even bigger issues like environmental issues, racism, sexism, religious bigotry - all these issues have been talked about during today's rallies", said Jordan.

"It felt like it was a huge signal to Trump's administration", said Elissar Harati, 29, who marched previous year in Washington and will take to the streets again on Saturday.

"Last year it was about hope".

She said women's marches around the world are adopting a model dubbed H.E.R.S., which stands for Health, Economic security, Representation, and Safety.

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