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Protesters rally at a second women’s march in nation’s capital – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON – Thousands of demonstrators taking part in the Women’s March on Washington gathered Saturday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to rally for women’s rights, urge women to run for public office and call on citizens to fully engage on issues from sexual assault and racial equality to immigrant protections and gun violence.

The Washington event is one of many such protests taking place in hundreds of cities across the nation.

Crowds were upbeat and blinking into the the bright sunny day. Many said they feel encouraged by recent Democratic electoral wins in Alabama and Virginia and the huge increase in social activism that the year brought.

Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr., D-Va., among the first speakers, drew cheers when he criticized Republican congressional leaders and President Donald Trump. “I am sure that if Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and the president were women we would not be in the middle of a government shutdown right now,” Beyer said.

“Please run! Run smart! Run hard!” he urged the crowd.

The rally, which took place despite the government shutdown that began at midnight, is intended to rekindle the activism and civic participation ignited by the massive Women’s March on Washington held on the day after Trump’s inauguration. Organizers hope to build on efforts that have pushed women’s issues to the forefront during the politically chaotic year since Trump took office.

“Last year was a rallying cry for a lot of women who wanted their voices to be heard,” said Emily Patton, a spokesperson for the Women’s March. “This year, we really want to show support for women who are running for office and to encourage more women, women of color and those in the LGBT community, to run for office, to register to vote, to be more civically engaged.”

Patton said the event would show support for those who are providing voter information and challenging voter suppression in Washington area communities.

“Every politician and legislator needs to be put on notice,” she said. “We are not going away. We are demanding women’s equality, women’s rights, immigration rights, and we are going to continue to uphold the values that we hold dearly.”

Judy Glaven, 57, brought the same “Be Brave Choose Love” poster that she marched with at last year’s march. It is covered with tape because she has taken it to so many demonstrations over the past year.

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