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Demonstrations Continue on Sunday      01/21 09:45

   More demonstrations in support of female empowerment are planned around the 
world Sunday, a day after a host of marches and protests, several of them 
massive, marked the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

   ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- More demonstrations in support of female 
empowerment are planned around the world Sunday, a day after a host of marches 
and protests, several of them massive, marked the anniversary of President 
Donald Trump's inauguration.

   Marches are scheduled in cities including Miami, Melbourne and Munich. A 
rally in Las Vegas will launch an effort to register 1 million voters and 
target swing states in the midterm elections.

   On Saturday, many not only supported women's rights, but also denounced 
Trump's views on issues including immigration, abortion and LGBT rights.

   The 2017 rally in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar marches, created 
solidarity for those opposing Trump's views, words and actions. Millions of 
people around the world marched during last year's rallies. Participants on 
Saturday talked about the news avalanche of politics and gender issues in the 
past year. They said they were galvanized by the #MeToo movement, which has 
been credited as countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct.

   Critics of the weekend's marches said the demonstrations were really a 
protest against Trump. The president tweeted Saturday that it was a "perfect 
day" for women to march to celebrate the "economic success and wealth creation" 
that's happened during his first year in office.

   "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," the Republican wrote. "Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!"

   Demonstrators on Saturday denounced Trump's views with colorful signs and 
even saltier language.

   Oklahoma City protesters chanted "We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter!" 
One woman donned a T-shirt with the likeness of social justice icon Woody 
Guthrie, who wrote "This Land Is Your Land."

   Members of the group Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Seattle burned 
sage and chanted in front of Seattle's rainy march.

   In Richmond, Virginia, the crowd burst into cheers when a woman ran down the 
middle of the street carrying a pink flag with the word "Resist."

   The march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday took on the feel of a political 
rally when U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, both 
Democrats, urged women to run for office and vote to oppose Trump and the 
Republicans' agenda.

   "We march, we run, we vote, we win," Pelosi said, to applause.

   People gathered from Montpelier to Milwaukee, from Shreveport to Seneca 

   "I think right now with the #MeToo movement, it's even more important to 
stand for our rights," said Karen Tordivo, who marched in Cleveland with her 
husband and 6-year-old daughter.

   In Palm Beach, Florida, home to Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, several hundred 
people gathered carrying anti-Trump signs before marching. A group of women 
wearing red cloaks and white hats like the characters in the book and TV show 
"The Handmaid's Tale" marched in formation, their heads bowed.

   Cathy Muldoon, a high school librarian from Dallas, Pennsylvania, took her 
two teenage daughters to the New York rally and said marching gives people 
hope. She said this year's action is set against the backdrop of the Trump 
presidency, which "turned out to be as scary as we thought it would be."

   "I've not seen any checks and balances," she said. "Everything is moving 
toward the right, and we have a president who seems to have no decency."

   In Los Angeles, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard, 
Scarlett Johansson, Constance Wu, Adam Scott and Rob Reiner were among the 
celebrities who addressed a crowd of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators at 
a women's march.

   Longoria, who starred in TV's "Desperate Housewives," told marchers their 
presence matters, "especially when those in power seem to have turned their 
backs on reason and justice."

   Portman, an Academy Award winner, talked about feeling sexualized by the 
entertainment industry from the time her first film, "Leon: The Professional," 
was released when she was 13 and suggested it's time for "a revolution of 
desire." In the 1994 film, Portman played a young girl taken in by a hit man 
after her family is killed.

   Woodard urged everyone to register and vote, saying, "the 2018 midterms 
start now," echoing many speakers at marches across the country, who urged 
women to vote.


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