Marchers demonstrate in D.C. streets


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Marchers gather outside of the U.S. Capitol during the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 21. An estimated 470,000 people attended the march in D.C., and an estimated five million people attended the 673 sister marches across the world.

Over the course of about a week, three large gatherings occurred in Washington, D.C. including President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington, and the March for Life.

An estimated 535,000 people have marched through Washington since Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

The day after his inauguration, people took to the streets of Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington.

According to The New York Times, an estimated 470,000 people attended. There was a rally with speakers and performers, which was followed by the march down Independence Avenue.

For those who could not attend the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., 673 sister marches were held across the world. According to their website, approximately five million people attended those sister marches. These events were organized by volunteers that were inspired by the Women’s March.

Around a week later, thousands more took to the streets of Washington, D.C. as part of the pro-life movement.

The 44th March for Life was held on Jan. 27. While there is no official head count, the Los Angeles Times estimated that tens of thousands attended.

The March for Life is the largest pro-life movement in the world and consists of a rally and then a march. The rally took place on the grounds of the Washington Monument, and the march was down Independence Avenue.

The March for Life has been held every year since 1973 and is scheduled around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Roe v. Wade was a court case in the 1970s that challenged a Texas law prohibiting abortions unless it was to save the mother’s life. It was taken to the Supreme Court where the justices ruled 7-2 in favor of declaring the Texas law unconstitutional.

Senior Caleb Olsen attended the march as a part of JC’s Respect Life Club. The club took a bus from Saint Margaret’s parish to Washington, D.C.

They attended Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and then converged with the rest of the march in front of the Supreme Court.

“It was really crowded – the streets were filled,” Olsen said. “There were a bunch of different groups – religious groups, non-secular groups, newborns to the elderly that couldn’t walk. It was a very diverse group that came to support.”

In addition to the Women’s March and the March for Life, another large-scale march on Washington is the March for Science.

Scientists across the nation are planning to march on Washington, D.C. on April 22, after Trump declared that climate change was a hoax.

Lauren Becker is a News Editor for the Patriot and