A crowd of 20,000 marched through downtown San Jose on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the Women’s March. The national demonstration, which began last year as a protest against President Trump’s inauguration, focused its message in 2018 on putting more female leaders in elected office.
People carried signs condemning President Trump and sexual violence and advocated for women’s equality and reproductive rights in a demonstration that kicked off at City Hall and ended at the Arena Green by Little Italy.
“This isn’t just about how much I hate Donald Trump,” said Evergreen Valley High senior Katie Tran, who held a poster with an orange effigy of the president’s face emblazoned with the warning, “There will be hell toupée.” “But he represents everything that I don’t. How can I support someone who doesn’t support me and everything I stand for?”
“Also,” she added, “he’s the biggest asshole.”
The event also hosted a diverse lineup of speakers, including many young women who work in local government or for nonprofit organizations that promote public service.
“It is time that our elected officials look like us, think like us and, most importantly, vote like us,” said Ketzal Gomez, a fellow for the New Leaders Council of Silicon Valley who delivered an address at a pre-march rally. “The moment is ours.”
Around the state, thousands of people gathered at similar rallies with crowds ranging from the hundreds in smaller towns to upward of 500,000 in Los Angeles.
In San Jose, the march converged at a “Call to Action Alley,” where local civic groups set up booths to recruit volunteers to channel the day’s energy into continued activism.
Below are some photos of the San Jose march, some taken by San Jose Inside and others contributed by other attendees.