Thousands of protesters, dawning pink headwear and wielding frank signage, marched San Francisco's City Hall yesterday afternoon, chanting "together we rise" in glorious unison. Similar demonstrations — of equal candor and conviction — were seen throughout the Bay Area, as well.
“We are fighting for immigrant rights," Malia Cohen, a former San Francisco supervisor who now is chairwoman of the state Board of Equalization, said atop the main stage to a vivacious crowd that stretched as far as the eye could see.
(For context: According to Mercury News, organizers reported about 5,000 attended the Oakland demonstration, while San Jose saw 7,500 protesters, indicating San Francisco’s march was the most attended. ABC7, however, also says 30,000 went to the SF rally before the traversing.)
"We are fighting for civil rights [...] we are fighting for LGBTQIA rights [...] we are fighting for environmental justice,” she added, per the Chronicle.
Now in its fourth year, the Women’s March movement was born from a sense of urgency soon after Trump’s 2016 presidential win. And this year's theme? Together We Rise.
“This is 2020, ladies and gentlemen," Cohen adds. "And we got some cleaning up to do, so as we are marching down Market Street, remember that in November ... march to the ballot.”
Take a look at some of yesterday's most memorable, female-empowering moments in the Bay Area that plumed on Twitter.
MAKE IT COUNT! Oakland #WomensMarch brought the East Bay together today to fight for equal rights, equal pay, and to make sure we are COUNTED in the 2020 Census. Women are essential to our country’s political and economic power! pic.twitter.com/nS6y3HroyK— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 19, 2020
Joining my fellow sisters at the Women’s March this morning in San Jose! pic.twitter.com/QAWOYofV2m— Dev Davis (@DevDavisCA) January 18, 2020
Image: Twitter via @Laureen4animals