rally in Portland was just one of the dozens of offshoots of the Women’s March on Washington. Just one day after Donald Trump took the oath of office on the National Mall, that same space was filled with hundreds of thousands of people opposed to his presidency. Similar marches took place across the country and around the globe on Saturday, from Atlanta to Albuquerque to Asia and even Antarctica.
Trump’s policies — including plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood — and his appointees for key positions in his cabinet spurred many of Saturday’s marchers into action.
“I think we’ve gotten complacent,” said Michele Mariana, of Portland. “We don’t just vote and then think we’ve done our job. We need to take personal responsibility for the privilege of living in what’s left of this country. We should be grateful for this moment because it’s bringing us together. It’s waking us up.”
Pat Robison, a 70-year-old Portland resident who was among the thousands who braved sometimes-heavy rains and temperatures in the 40s on Saturday, said Trump’s proposals have left her worried about her Social Security and Medicare.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Robison said. “I’m also concerned about others. I mean, I look at the plans to defund Planned Parenthood. I’m worried about women that don’t have the income that won’t have access to health care.”