Washington DC – Sherry Cain, a 78-year-old native of Kentucky, said she has lived a long time and has seen many changes in the world, "but never something like this in our country."
That's why he brought his family to Washington, DC on Saturday for the third Annual Women's March.
"I only fear for their future if they continue on this path," he told Al Jazeera, noting the government's closure, the immigration policies of US President Donald Trump and what he called "the abdication of Congress from its duties."
"We have to do something," he said.
Four generations of the Cain family, Sherry, her daughter, her granddaughter and her great-grandson, joined thousands of women and their supporters who marched across the country.
This year's march came in the context of a partial closure of the government, now on its 29th day, which began after Trump refused to retract his demand for more than $ 5 billion in funds for a wall in the southern US border UU
The forecast of rain and snow in Washington, DC, on Saturday, combined with the limited snow removal services of the National Park Service due to closure, led organizers to change the route of the march, according to local media. Participants started at Freedom Plaza, a few blocks from the White House, instead of the National Mall, as originally planned.
|Sherry Cain brought her daughters, granddaughter and great grandson to the march [Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath/Al Jazeera]|
The protesters marched beyond the singing of the Trump International Hotel, "All for one and one for all, stop, stop on the wall."
At one point, a woman threw a Trump baby balloon into the air and the crowd began to wave, shout and "bye!"
Some held signs indicating that Trump should be accused, others emphasized the need to believe the survivors of badual badault and rape, and many demanded the end of the closure.
Raquel Chee held a sign that said: "Look at me, I'm still here."
"We're here to tell everyone … that we're not going anywhere," said Chee, a member of the Navajo Nation of Window Rock in Arizona.
He told Al Jazeera that he took his four children to the march to give voice to his brothers, uncles and indigenous people killed or disappeared throughout North America.
"We are here to speak for them, to remember them and to clarify the problem of our relatives disappearing and being killed all the time," he said.
|Raquel Chee said that she marches for all the indigenous people who have been killed or disappeared. [Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath/Al Jazeera]|
The movement of the Women's March began after the election of Trump in 2016. The day after its inauguration in January 2017, millions of people around the world marched for women's rights.
According to the organizers, this year's march focused on the success of the mid-term elections of 2018, in which there was a record number of women who were nominated and elected. The first Muslim women, Native American women and the youngest woman recently swore in Congress.
The movement also hopes to turn its attention to the presidential race in 2020.
|Thousands of people paraded in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, chanting to stop the closing, to stop the wall & # 39; [Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath/Al Jazeera]|
However, in the main cities, participants held separate marches due to the controversy within the movement of the March of the Woman.
In November, Teresa Shook, one of the co-founders of the Women's March, accused other organizers of "distancing the Movement from its true course," referring to allegations of anti-Semitic links directed against Linda Sarsour, who criticizes the policy from the United States to Israel and Tamika Mallory, who maintains an badociation with Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam.
In a Facebook post, Shook asked Sarsour, Mallory, Bob Bland and Carmen Perez to resign and "let others lead who can restore faith in the Movement and its original intention."
The four organizers denied the allegations, but Sarsour said in a statement that the movement "should have been quicker and clearer to help people understand our values and our commitment to fight anti-Semitism."
Since then, several local marches and activists have tried to distance themselves from the national movement.
Despite the controversy, thousands of women showed up at the marches on Saturday.
|This year's march came after a year of historic achievements for women in politics in the United States. [Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath/Al Jazeera]|
Although the figure is much lower than the first march of 2017, 19-year-old Howard University student Ciana Moore said it is still important to continue defending everyone because the Trump presidency has affected everyone.
"It's amazing to see all the different types of women, all ages, people from all over who come together," he told Al Jazeera when the Washington, DC march was beginning.
"It's really enriching to be here for each other."