Day after inauguration protests

    • in Washington

    There has been a confrontation between marchers and Trump supporters in Washington

  • Emcee insists Washington march is still on

    An update from the clogged streets of Washington.
     
    An on-stage emcee just told the crowd in Washington that the march is still on, despite the Associated Press reporting the entire planned route was filled with hundreds of thousands of protesters and that people were unable to formally march to the White House as planned.
     
    An emcee told the crowd to use Constitution Ave. and head towards the Ellipse. She said she wanted the crowd to stay safe.
    "Make sure you take care of the elders, the kids."
     
     
  • Too many people in Washington to lead White House march

    A massive turnout at the Women's March on Washington has forced a change of plans. With the entire planned route filled with hundreds of thousands of protesters, organizers can't lead a formal march toward the White House.
     
    That's according to a District of Columbia official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official isn't authorized to speak for the march.
     
    The official says that shortly before 1 p.m. ET, people were standing along the entire march route.
     
    While there will be no formal march led from the protest stage near the Capitol, the crowd is still expected to move toward the Ellipse, an area of the National Mall in front of the White House.
     
    The official said there could be more than half a million people on the Mall, but it's difficult to estimate because low cloud cover is making aerial photographs impossible.
     
    (Adrees Latif/Reuters)
     
  • Here is what the sister marches in Toronto and Montreal look like.

  • Chicago march cancelled ...

    ... because there are too many people there. The rally is still going on as planned but they won't be marching through the street. Organizers estimated a crowd between 20,000 and 50,000 people. But an estimated 150,000 have showed up to the area around Chicago's Grant Park, according to the Chicago Tribune.  The park is at capacity, according to organizers.
     
    It was the site of Obama's victory speech back in 2008.
     
  • Here is what the Women's Marches around the world look like. The view from London, Frankfurt, Sydney, and Paris.

    • in Washington

    What is the march all about?


    Good morning from Washington, D.C., where Donald Trump is waking up on his first Saturday morning as president with a massive protest assembling in his own backyard.

    The Women’s March on Washington hasn’t begun yet, but a rally is beginning to form just about two miles southeast of the White House. By 1:15 p.m. ET, the main march will start to move west and then end just a block away from Trump’s new residence and office.

    So, what’s this march all about? It started as a reaction to the election of Trump in November. But the event is not explicitly anti-Trump so much as it’s pro-woman. Last week, organizers released a list of 8 “Unity Principles,” including:

    • Ending violence against women
    • Protection of reproductive freedom
    • Protection of LGBTQIA rights
    • Protection of worker's rights
    • Protection of civil rights
    • Protection of disability rights
    • Fighting for environmental justice
  • Sister marches across Canada

    Around 30 sister women's marches will be taking place in cities across Canada today.
     
    Big rallies are planned for Toronto and Vancouver, with thousands expected to attend, but the marches will be taking places in smaller locales too, including Val-Morin, Que., Revelstoke, B.C. and Yellowknife.
     
    Here's a look at some of those local marches.
     
     
  • A day of protest begins

    Good morning. The inauguration activities have come to an end and Donald Trump is now U.S. president.
     
    And in response to that, there's a day full of protest planned. The largest is the Women's March, happening in Washington and in cities and towns around the world.
     
    CBC correspondents are at the protest in Washington plus the marches taking place in cities across Canada and around the world covering the presidency protests. We'll be following the reaction to Donald Trump's inauguration throughout the day.
     
    A look at today's Women's March in London, England. (Neil Hall/Reuters)
     
  • Several protests are planned for the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, including the large Women's March on Washington. We'll be covering them right here, starting at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday, January 21st.
     
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images
     
    • in Washington

    This is 4th and Jefferson in Washington. Crowd splitting in two. March has seemingly begun, though actual march scheduled for noon. Still three hours away.

    by David Common edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 2:08:13 PM
    • en route to D.C.

    The bus from Windsor, Ont. to Washington had a bit of a late start last night and then spent nearly three hours waiting to clear customs. We finally made it to the interstate around 2 a.m. ET so with an 8-hour drive that puts us right up to the Women's March on Washington around 10 a.m. when the rally is set to begin.

    Many of the women on this bus said they just want to have their voices heard. This is one of 10 Canadian contingents heading to D.C.

    54 women signed up. After a last minute cancellation, it's now 53 women and one man.

    There's a wide diversity of ages and ethnicities on this bus. From students (and international students) to retirees. Many are first-time marchers who say they felt compelled to act and support their American sisters.

    by Aadel Haleem edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 2:10:06 PM
    • in Washington

    American Muslims are offering hijabs to those on Women's March. "We don't want to be the object of the discussion. We're here, not in opposition, but in concern". One of the hijab recipients told us: "We're supposed to be indivisible. It's in the Constitution."

    by David Common edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 2:15:39 PM
  • 'I think we should march'

    Those are the words which supposedly ignited today's day of demonstration. They came by way of Facebook post following Donald Trump's election from 60-year-old Teresa Shook, a retired lawyer and grandmother living in Hawaii. She explained why she was marching today to CBC News:
    "I'm marching for my granddaughters and women and all people who want a fair, just and inclusive world."
    Read more about Shook here and the march's origins here:
     

    Here's how a grandma's post on Facebook launched the Women's March

    The Women's March on Washington is expected to draw as many as 200,000 people to the nation's capital on Saturday — an impressive turnout for an event kicked off by a five-word Facebook post written on election night.
    • in Washington

    Thousands pouring into the National Mall in Washington. Rally at 10 a.m. ET. Women's March starts at noon. People have come from across the U.S. and Canada.

    by David Common edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 2:27:55 PM
    • en route to D.C.

    Each woman has a different reason for being here. Christine Maclin brought her 19-year-old daughter Brianna on the bus from Windsor, Ont.

    "We're doing this together and we're never alone when we're challenging any kind of obstacle. And the fact that seeing all of the people that are coming together from all different countries, all different walks of life, that are coming together to say, 'Hey, this is wrong and we want better for everybody.'"

    by Aadel Haleem edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 2:29:23 PM
  • There's no shortage of creative signs

    CBC's Meagan Fitzpatrick spotted this one in Washington a few moments ago.
    • in Washington

    The woman on the right said she accepts that Trump is the president, but adds he needs to accept that she is the not the enemy -- she is his boss.

    by Waqas Chughtai edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 2:41:27 PM
    • in Washington

    Joanne Cameron is handing out barf bags that say: Sad State of the Union barf bag, hang on it's going to be a Trumpy ride!"
    "I want Donald Trump to succeed but I don't agree with anything he says, or tweets," she said.
    "I want him to act presidential and to be held accountable for everything he says -- and blurts."
    "He should also remember he's not campaigning anymore. He is running a country."

    by Meagan Fitzpatrick edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 2:46:02 PM
    • in Washington

    The crowd at the Women's March in Washington is now moving past U.S. Capitol.

    by David Common edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 2:52:01 PM
    • in Washington

    A very different vibe today here on the National Mall. People are appearing from every direction. The mood is one of defiance, but also hope. There is a strong sense of unity. People from varying backgrounds, different causes, are all here to work together.

    by Waqas Chughtai edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 2:53:14 PM
    • in Washington

    Riding in a shuttle for people with mobility problems towards the march site. I've just met Sharon Edwards, a 74-year-old grandmother here with her granddaughter from Peru, Ind. "I broke my leg three weeks ago. The doctor said I shouldn't walk, but I felt I needed to be here. I just think we all need to stand together. We've made so much progress," she tells me. "We need to be heard."

  • Protesters gather worldwide from India to Switzerland

    I've told you about the demonstrations taking place in Washington and around Canada. But there are more than 600 related marches taking place around the world. And some of those are already well underway or have come to an end.
     
    Here's a look at some other places where people are marching today.

    Geneva, Switzerland

    (Keystone via AP)
     

    Kolkata, India

    (Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)
     

    Koblenz, Germany

    (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
     

    London, England

    (Neil Hall/Reuters)
     
    • in Washington

    Izzy is a one-year-old from San Francisco. Her grandmother bought expensive hotel rooms a while back, when she thought Hillary would win the election -- so that young Izzy could witness history. After Trump won her grandmother and mom decided to bring her to D.C. for the Women's March - a different kind of history. Her mom knit her the tiny "pink pussy" hat she is wearing today.

    by Sylvia Thomson edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 3:17:57 PM
    • in Washington

    Everywhere you look there are signs. Most are about women's rights but there are a range of issues including support for the LGBTQ community, immigrants, Muslims, African-Americans. Those we talk to say the purpose is to send Trump a message that Americans will hold him to account.

    by Waqas Chughtai edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 3:18:44 PM
  • Speeches, performances have started at Washington march

    Actress America Ferrera just finished speaking. You can stream the speeches and performances by clicking on the Women's March on Washington LIVE video above.
    "We are, every single one of us, under attack."
     
     
    • in Washington

    The crowds are getting so thick in some areas that it is now hard to move. Many people are confused about what is happening and where they are supposed to go. People were supposed to start coming at 10 a.m. ET, and already there are tens of thousands of people here.

    by Waqas Chughtai edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 3:23:50 PM
  • An update from CBC's Aadel Haleem, who is on a bus to D.C. with marchers from Windsor, Ont.
  • Got questions about the march? David Common has answers

    CBC’s David Common is live in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall taking your questions about the Women’s March. You can pose your questions to him on Facebook right now.
     
  • Hillary Clinton tweets her support

    Trump's election opponent tweeted about the Women's March a few minutes ago, thanking demonstrators for taking part. She attended the inauguration yesterday with her husband, Bill. At the inaugural lunch, Trump gave the Clintons a standing ovation.
    • in Washington

    Definitely a whole lot of energy out there for the Women's March today.
    Also discussions about who is/isn't there. Met some young women who are Trump supporters yesterday who said they want to be at the march too but people seem to think they can't be at both. Another Trump supporter said she doesn't feel invited because she is pro-life.
    Other Trump supporters, packing their cars and leaving the hotels after the big day yesterday tell us they just don't really understand the women walking by them.
    A whole lot more talking to be done.

    Oh and that photo? That's the souvenir store. Today the Women's March shirt is at the front and the Trump gear is at the back.

    by Adrienne Arsenault edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 3:36:16 PM
    • Associated Press

    How does this crowd compare to yesterday's?

    Here is some insight from the Associated Press.
     
    There were early signs that crowds in Washington could top those that gathered for Trump's inauguration on Friday.
     
    City officials said organizers of the Women's March on Washington had more than doubled their turnout estimate to 500,000 as crowds began swelling and subways into the city became clogged with participants.
  • Meet Dale Hamilton, from Eden Mills, Ont.

    Many Canadians are attending the Women's March in Washington. We'll be checking in with some of them through the day.
     
    I'll start by introducing you to Dale Hamilton. She is from Eden Mills, Ont., a small hamlet in the Eramosa River Valley, near Guelph. She is a writer and a theatre producer. Here's why she told us she is marching in Washington today.

    I'm going to march in Washington specifically (as compared to attending a march closer to home) because I think it's important to demonstrate international dissent against corporate-ism, racism and sexism and to do so in the belly of the beast.
    We'll be checking in with Hamilton and other Canadian marchers in Washington throughout the day. Here are some thoughts from her ride into Washington this morning.
     
     
    • in Washington

    Judy Hillman from upstate New York is not going to the Woman's March today. She finds its "annoying." She says she has two step-daughters "who are out there today," but she's not going. She was in D.C. to celebrate Trump's inauguration, not march in protest.


    by Sylvia Thomson edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 3:54:55 PM
  • Where's Trump?

    He is at a national prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral this morning, his first full day in office. Joining him are his wife, Melania, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen.
     
    Trump has yet to tweet about the protests from either his @POTUS or @realDonaldTrump. You can watch the church service below.
     

    Donald Trump attends national prayer service LIVE

    President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence attend service at the National Cathedral in Washington
    • in Washington

    Three visiting men from LA "felt they had to" come to the march in D.C. today. They pose with a woman they just met on the street. They came here on their own, without a female friend or relative.

    by Sylvia Thomson edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 4:06:06 PM
  • As marchers hit the streets, Trump goes to church

    Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, arrive for the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral on Saturday in Washington.
     
    (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
     
    • Thomson Reuters
    In Europe, marches also took place in Berlin, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Geneva and Amsterdam.
     
    Around 2,000 people marched in Vienna, according to estimates by the police and organizers, but sub-zero temperatures quickly thinned the crowd to a couple of hundred.
     
    One protester placed a pink knitted hat with cat ears on the golden statue of 19th century composer Johann Strauss, while in Geneva police estimated around 1,000 people, mainly women and children, marched through the Swiss city.
     
    In Africa, hundreds of protesters in Nairobi's Karura Forest waved placards and sang American protest songs.
     
    Kenyan Muthoni Ngige, 28, said "I'm here because I'm against world leaders being pussy grabbers. I'm here in solidarity with the women of America."
     
    In Sydney, Australia's biggest city, about 3,000 people - men and women - gathered for a rally in Hyde Park before marching on the U.S. consulate downtown, while organizers said 5,000 people rallied in Melbourne.
     
    "We're not marching as an anti-Trump movement per se, we're marching to protest the hate speech, the hateful rhetoric, the misogyny, the bigotry, the xenophobia and we want to present a united voice with women around the globe," organizer Mindy Freiband told Reuters.
  • Toronto is getting ready too

    Participants have begun picking up their signs at Queen's Park in downtown Toronto, where an event in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington will be taking place this afternoon.
     
    (David Donnelly/CBC News)
     
    You can follow CBC Toronto's live blog coverage of their march here:
     

    This is what the Women's March in Toronto looks like right now

    A sea of women and their allies are expected to descend on Queen's Park and later march in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington Saturday afternoon.
  • Michael Moore is speaking in Washington right now

    The filmmaker is ripping newspapers with Trump headlines on them. He is talking about the number of people who voted for Trump.
    "Here's the majority of America right here. We are the majority."
    He said everyone should be calling Congress "every single day."
     
     
  • Meet Ryerson student Kiera Whitten


    We'll be meeting several Canadians who have travelled to Washington for the Women’s March throughout the day today. I’ll be checking in with them and sharing our conversations with you to give you an on-the-ground observation from a Canadian demonstrator's point of view.
     
    Next up is Kiera Whitten. She is from Liverpool, England but currently lives in Toronto and goes to Ryerson University where she is in an arts and contemporary studies program. She is the co-founder of a feminist group called the Nasty Woman alliance.
     
    Here’s why she told us she is marching in Washington today.
    I'm taking part in the march to show my solidarity and support for Americans who feel as though their ability to make choices about their healthcare and their bodies is going to become increasingly more difficult as the threat of defunding Planned Parenthood becomes more and more real.
    Here are some of her initial observations from the march, shared over a Facebook message.
     
     
    • in Washington

    The Windsor, Ont. bus has arrived in Washington.

    Hear me ... M.E.O.W.

    Michelle Mainwaring shows off her cape: Marching to End Oppression Worldwide.

    by Aadel Haleem edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 4:43:55 PM
  • An intriguing statistic

    I mentioned how there are some early signs the audience in Washington today could top the number who attended Trump's inauguration yesterday.
     
    How can you measure that, you ask?
     
    The Washington subway is reporting there have been 275,000 trips as of 11 a.m. ET Saturday compared to 193,000 on inauguration day, according to Reuters.
  • Star power

    Many celebrities are taking part in today's marches. Cher just showed up in Washington. 
     
    (Sait Serkan Gurbuz/AP)
     
    Among the other celebrities expected to attend: Katy Perry, Amy Schumer and Julianne Moore. You can read more about them here.
     

    Hollywood gearing up for Women's March on Washington

    Major star power is behind the upcoming Women's March on Washington, D.C.
    • in Washington

    As seen in Washington.

    by Aadel Haleem edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 4:57:02 PM
    • in Washington

    A Russian sticker has been posted on the now famous Don's Johns portable toilets today in D.C. The name Don's Johns was taped over on some of the toilets earlier this week because you know, Don ... Donald.

    by Paul Hunter via email edited by Haydn Watters 1/21/2017 4:59:18 PM
  • Trump has just tweeted

    Again, he has made no mention of the protests on Twitter yet.
  • These two women, Anne Jackson and Peggy Hartzell, have been making their opinions heard through protest, and protest art, for 50 years. CBC Radio's The Doc Project is joining them on their journey to the Women’s March on Washington today. You can follow their journey here.
     
     
    We'll be sharing some of their experiences throughout the day, via The Doc Project's producer Julia Pagel. Like their ride down on the bus.
     
  • Women's March speeches moments away, and there are thousands here. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2tcLfrXEAAf_EN.jpg

  • Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, is speaking at the Washington rally now.
    "For the majority of people in this country, Planned Parenthood is not the problem. We are the solution."
     
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