Women demonstrated Dec. 3 in downtown Portland during the Portland Women's March Against Hate. This Saturday, tens of thousands from around the region are expected to attend the Women's March on Portland.

Women demonstrated Dec. 3 in downtown Portland during the Portland Women’s March Against Hate. This Saturday, tens of thousands from around the region are expected to attend the Women’s March on Portland.

Diego Diaz/The Portland Tribune

If Saturday’s Women’s March on Portland draws the expected 30,000 or more participants, it could be the biggest demonstration the city has ever seen.

And it almost didn’t happen.

The real story behind the march isn’t completely known even to its lead organizer, but in many ways, it is a familiar one.

The march is a reaction to the election of Donald Trump, and nearly all of the forces at work to upset politics in the 2016 presidential race were also in play in organizing the Portland march: social media, race, gender, the urban-rural divide, generational concepts of feminism and, most of all, lots of people feeling like they weren’t being heard.

Read more at The Portland Tribune.