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The Women's Marches over the weekend--during the #TrumpShutdown--drew huge anti-Trump crowds, as AlterNet's April Short writes:

It's been exactly a year since the historic 2017 Women's March, which brought millions out to protest Trump's inauguration, flooding the streets of the nation with pink knitted hats. Thousands have taken to the streets again this weekend for the Women's March 2018, empowered by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and fed up with Trump's increasingly authoritarian and anti-immigrant policies, his war-mongering and his tantrum-centric presidency.

This year's march arrives just one day after Trump's attempt to block Planned Parenthood funding and amid a dramatic government shutdown centering on immigration.

"Hundreds of Women's March anniversary events," she notes, "are already underway or kicking off this weekend in every U.S. state:"

In Chicago, the turnout for the second Women's March march had already exceeded last year's numbers by 11:30am, with more than 250,000 people descending on downtown. In Los Angeles, a Weekend of Women movement kicked off Saturday morning with 200,000 expected attendees.

In New York City, where hundreds of thousands protested Trump's shutdown, Governor Andrew Cuomo kept the Status of Liberty open anyway:

Shutting down the park jeopardizes an economic driver for the State of New York.

But the Statue of Liberty is more than just an economic driver. This park is a symbol of New York and our values.

And her message has never been as important as it is today.

-- Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 21, 2018

Short calls the protest "a clear message to Donald Trump and his allies" about "their politically-motivated refusal to keep the government open:

Republicans could do the right thing and open the government at any moment. Simply put, they control every branch of the government and we are at their mercy.

It's good to see Governor Cuomo take a stand against the Right's continual attacks on our nation.

SocialistWorker's Nicole Colson analyzes the same events with a summary of "one year later, and twice as pissed off:"

"LAST YEAR it felt like a funeral. This year it feels like a resistance."

Those words--from one of the many hundreds of thousands of protesters who took to the streets on January 20 as part of the massive Women's Marches marking the shameful anniversary of Trump's first year in office--summed up the political mood.

In two words: Pissed off.

The sheer size of the marches--smaller overall than last year's turnout of some 3.5 million, the largest single day of protest in U.S. history, but not by much--caught organizers and long-time activists off guard: as many as 300,000 in Chicago; 200,000 in New York City by the official count, but possibly twice that; half a million in Los Angeles; 65,000 in San Francisco and 50,000 across the Bay in Oakland.

Smaller towns and cities, including in reliably red states, turned out big time: some 8,000 in Omaha, Nebraska, for example. [...]

IN WASHINGTON, D.C., the crowd was smaller than last year's massive 500,000--but far larger than the one that turned out to celebrate Trump's inauguration in 2017.

But of course, that didn't stop Trump from sneering at marchers on Twitter that it was "Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March...Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months."

Short also discusses the panoply of popular causes on display:

That sense of collective injustice goes well beyond the issue of sexism: to the need to defend reproductive rights and fight for workplace justice and equal pay; stand in defense of immigrant rights; fight for LGBT rights; to build the anti-racist struggle and the fight against police brutality--in short, to stand in solidarity against oppression in all of its many forms.

Many people at the marches were deliberate in highlighting the need to build this idea that an injury to one is an injury to all.

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