So many people showed up to Chicago’s anti-Trump Women’s March that it had to be cancelled, instead becoming a stationary rally.
“Our march route is flooded. There is no safe way to march. We are just going to sing and dance and make our voices heard here,” said rally and march co-chairwoman Ann Scholhmer to a part of the crowds.
Organizers had initially planned for the crowds to number around 50,000, but the Chicago Tribune estimates that so far 250,000 people showed up to stand up for women’s rights against President Trump, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women and often been caught on tape making crude, sexually degrading remarks. (Lowball estimates put the number at 150,000.)
— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) January 21, 2017
“This city is making a statement, and the statement is so large we can’t move crowds,” organizer Jessica Scheller said, noting that Chicago’s protest was the largest anti-Trump demonstration occurring outside of Washington, D.C.
The crowd for the Women's March in Chicago pic.twitter.com/66RI65Ektz
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) January 21, 2017
The crowds have not expressed signs of disappointment that the march has become a rally. If anything, it has only excited them further.
“I’m 66 years old, and this is my first rally” said Denyse Goodman, who attended with others from her Jewish synagogue. “I hate crowds, but I’m here. This is the most important thing I’ve ever done.”
Chicago police have classified the Chicago Women’s March as “peaceful.”
Crowds have begun dispersing and roads are slowly being reopened. #WomensMarchChi has been peaceful.
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) January 21, 2017
The Chicago protest is one of many happening across the world, with participants noting with relish that many of the protests have dwarfed the attendance of Trump’s own inauguration.
The Chicago #WomensMarch doubled the attendance of the Trump Inauguration.
Marinate on that.
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) January 21, 2017
Over 250,000 marched in Chicago alone. MILLIONS across the world. https://t.co/4igKW2OtV7
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) January 21, 2017
Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW