New York City, January 2017: On the new commander-in-chief’s home turf in New York City, city officials estimate that over 400,000 protesters assembled in Midtown Manhattan on Saturday to voice their concerns over women’s rights, Planned Parenthood, the Affordable Care Act, LGBT rights, immigration, and other hot button issues facing President Donald Trump and his new administration.
Organizers of the Women’s March estimate that the New York City crowd was closer 600,000. Under the watchful eye of the New York City Police Department, the daylong event was peaceful with no significant arrests or incidents.
The Women’s March in New York City complemented similar marches in Washington DC, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, and cities in England, Ghana, France, Canada, Australia, Germany, and India, among others.
In a global display of solidarity, the world sent an emphatic message on Trump’s first full day in office that his political agenda will not go unchallenged.
Commencing at 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza – in proximity to various Trump properties – marchers of all ages, sexes, and socio-ethnic-economic backgrounds converged to hear a series of speeches rendered by celebrities, activists, organizers, and government officials before they began their journey to 5th Avenue towards Trump Towers.
Bushwick born actress Rosie Perez served as the host of the grassroots opening ceremony.
The crowd cheered spirited messages of empowerment by “Sex in the City” actress Cynthia Nixon, Academy Award winning actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg, Dame Helen Mirren, New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Liz Krueger, and Women’s March NYC Chair Katherine Siemionko, among others.
A wheelchair bound Yoko Ono was also in attendance, but did not speak.
A women’s choir which performs under the name “HERmonics” and socially conscious singer songwriter Kashish provided music at the event as the crowd sang along.
Challenging the new administration on topics ranging from social justice, civil rights, and equality – marchers raised placards with colorful language and slogans. Many marchers, male and female, wore pink hats in a show of unity with women’s issues.
Protesters tried to march in front of the president’s Trump Towers home, however police stopped them at 55th Street. Many participants also came from beyond New York City’s borders, including marchers more than ten states in a 1000 mile radius.