A third wave of annual women's marches is scheduled for hundreds of cities on Saturday, and organizers say this year's goal is to build momentum for the 2020 elections.
Marches are planned in US cities. UU., Including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Houston, Los Angeles and Denver, as well as communities from Raleigh, N.C., to Sioux Falls, S.D.
The events mark the third anniversary of the women's marches held in many major cities after the inauguration of President Trump. Researchers estimate that more than three million people marched at these events.
The marches, now led by a variety of organizations, have faced brand confusions and some divisions. One group, the Women's March, recently responded to accusations of anti-Semitism and said in a statement: "We are deeply committed to building better and deeper relationships with the Jewish community."
Since the initial marches, participants have turned to political activity, including volunteering for campaigns, running for office and taking voters to the polls in the mid-term elections of 2018.
This year, "the marches are really serving as the launch of a March ballot for 2020," said Vanessa Wruble, executive director of March On, a network of at least 100 groups that have been formed since the beginning of 2017. "Now The marches are more about solidarity and the commitment to put our country back on track ".
The march of women, a separate group, plans to flood the streets of Washington, DC with a march and a rally on Saturday, according to its website.
In New York, where protesters gathered for thousands of people last year, a march of women is scheduled to start at 11:15 a.m., said Katherine Siemionko, founder and president of Women's March Alliance.
One of the key reasons for the New York march is to focus on women's issues, from equal pay to policies such as maternity leave, she said. "We have to get up and continue the fight," he said. "We can not be complacent."
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