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1:30 pm ET – Washington, DC.
Montclair protesters joined hundreds of thousands of women this morning near the National Mall.
The vast scene was a sea of pink hats and banners — many boasting they were “nasty women” — infused with excitement and anger as they listened to an array of public figures advocating for women’s rights.
Among the speakers was actress Ashley Judd, who recited a poem by Nina Donovan, a 19-year-old from Tennessee, that began with “I am a nasty woman …”
The poem, which drew loud cheers, went on to excoriate the new president, his administration with lines like, “I’m not as nasty as a swastika painted on a pride flag” and “I feel Hitler in these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee.”
Director Michael Moore told the jam-packed crowd they had to take over the Democratic Party. “We need new young leaders. We need new women leaders. We need new leaders of color.”
Referring to people who believe Donald Trump won’t be in office for his full term, Moore joked,” You have a job to do for the next … let’s just say months. You have to call your Congressional representatives ever single day.”
Other speakers included Gloria Steinem and Cecile Richard, the head of Planned Parenthood.
2:50 a.m.: In the predawn hours Saturday, less than 24 hours after the inauguration of Donald Trump, hundreds of local residents boarded a line of chartered buses in front of Montclair High School. The six buses were bound for The Women’s March on Washington, a massive national rally expected to draw crowds five times larger than the inauguration itself.
Though the morning was still pitch-black, the buses’ headlights illuminated the marchers, some of whom carried signs displaying hopeful and angry sentiments: “I could be at home but you give me no choice” — “No Room for Hate Here” — “Rebellions are Built on Hope.”
Montclair resident Constance Harding was there with two friends, Mallory and John, also of Montclair. “I’m here to support women’s rights and to protest sexual assault,” she said. “I’m a 3-time sexual assault survivor. I’m here to kick some ass.”
Harding, like many of the other women in line, wore a “pussy hat” — a pink knitted hat with cat ears — in reference to Trump’s comments on Access Hollywood about “grabbing women by the pussy.”. Continue Reading