Large Crowd Turns Out Saturday For Women's March And Rally

Jan 19, 2018

Women's March at the RI Statehouse steps in Providence in 2017.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Large crowds of marchers packed the Rhode Island State House steps and lawn on Saturday, the one-year anniversary of the Women's March to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump. 

Women and men of all ages, some with children in tow, carried signs including one that read "Resist" and "Another Grandmother for Climate Justice."  

The pink "pussy" hats created for last year's march were also on display. So were women dressed in black-and-white "brick" jumpsuits who lined up on the State House steps to protest Trump's call to build a U.S. border wall. Among the brick-suited "wall" women were Rep. Teresa Tanzi, D-South Kingstown, who last October went public with allegations of sexual harassment by an unnamed higher-ranking lawmaker. 

Protest marches are scheduled across the nation, on the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Organizers said they expect hundreds of people to turn out for a demonstration in Providence.

Organizers said more than 7,000 people attended last year’s march and rally, which culminated in speeches at the Rhode Island Statehouse. This year, they'd said they hoped for similar sized crowds.

After a year under President Donald Trump, march organizer Nancy Rafi said protestors now have concrete actions to oppose.

“It’s gotten more specific, because we’ve seen what this administration is trying to put into practice,” said Rafi. “And it’s everything from immigration rights to education to healthcare, I mean the environment.”

Rafi said the rally will feature speakers, but not elected officials.

“We are purposefully not having any politicians speak at our rally, but we have invited all of them to attend, so that they can be in our audience, and listen to our speakers, and meet with their constituents and hear their concerns,” said Rafi.