Hundreds of people gathered in Astoria Saturday for a Women’s March to counter President Donald Trump, sending messages of resolve and unity against potential threats to equality and civil rights.
The large crowd, mixed with women, men, children and pets from across the Columbia-Pacific region, filled the parking lot at Heritage Square downtown. Many carried handmade signs like “Make America Sane Again,” “Power to the Peaceful,” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fundamental Rights.”
Organizers stressed that the march was not a protest against Trump, but the undercurrent was plainly about resistance to the Republican real-estate magnate. Marchers also participated in raising awareness for a number of different issues.
Rita Nicely, a retired caterer from Ocean Park, Washington, held a sign that said: “I will not go quietly back to they 1950s.” She said this was the first demonstration she has joined since she attended a civil rights protest in Detroit back in the 1960s.
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