TIMES The Women’s March: A Continuing Message of Solidarity

Over half a million women took part in the Los Angeles Women’s March. (Courtesy of Summer Fox)

Marches in solidarity of the Women’s March on Washington were held globally on Sunday, as a response to the inauguration of  President Trump. The events were a grassroots effort, created by independent state coordinators, local organizations, and communities.

In the wake of President Trump’s inauguration, the marches were held in most major American cities and on a global scale. Many Orange County residents participated, attending marches in Santa Ana, San Clemente, Laguna Beach and Los Angeles.

“I attended the Santa Ana march to show my resistance to Donald Trump and his intolerant behavior towards women, the LGBT community, and non-whites,” said Claire Canada, San Clemente resident and Saddleback alumni.

Canada’s sentiment seemed to ring true for a many attendees. The march was a way for attendees to express that they already felt unrepresented under the Trump administration. But this overarching message was intertwined with many others.

“Everyone seemed to be there for their own reason, representing their own policy or strife but the resounding message was unity,” said Natalie Boos, San Clemente march attendee. “We were able to find a common front in facing the injustice of the current state of our nation.”

This demonstration of unity seems to be the first of many being organized in response to Trump’s election, with demonstrations, fundraisers and protests in the works in support of Planned Parenthood, climate change, and immigration, all issues that the Trump administration has publicly stated they plan to pass legislation on.

A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling shows that the march had more American support than the president himself. Photos show that there seemed to be a larger turnout at the march than the inauguration, but an exact headcount for either events has not been collected.

“I think this march is just the beginning of what we’re going to see over the next four years of Trump’s presidency,” said Nirvana Shariar, Saddleback student. “To me, these protests are one of the easiest ways we can make our voices heard and stand in unity. I think that’s really important.”