Women's March on Washington Challenging Trump Agenda Gathers National Momentum

Posted Dec. 7, 2016

MP3 Interview with Cassady Fendlay, communications coordinator with the group planning the January 21st Women's March on Washington, conducted by Scott Harris

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In the hours and days following the Nov. 8 U.S. election that installed Donald Trump as the nation’s next president, tens of thousands of angry and disoriented Trump opponents poured into the streets in cities and towns declaring that the vulgar billionaire was “Not My President.” While the overwhelming majority of protests were peaceful, there were incidents involving property destruction and arrests made during Nov. 10 protests in Portland, Oregon.

The overt racism, xenophobia and misogyny that were key elements in the Trump campaign, as well as the fact that Trump had lost the popular vote to his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton by more than 2.6 ½ million votes, were factors provoking demonstrations condemning the incoming Trump administration’s reactionary agenda. Trump’s narrow margin of victory in Midwestern rust belt states led to Green Party launched recount efforts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Because national polls had predicted a clear cut win for Hillary Clinton, thousands of her supporters had made plans to attend her expected historic inauguration in Washington, D.C. Now many of those same supporters and thousands of other Trump opponents will be traveling to Washington on Jan. 21, the day after the Trump inauguration to be part of what is likely to be the largest protest of a U.S. president on his first day in office in American history. The Women’s March on Washington began as a modest idea among a small group of friends, but has now mushroomed into a national effort with organizers in all 50 U.S. states and some cities abroad. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Cassady Fendlay, communications coordinator with the Jan. 21 Women's March. Here, she discusses plans and objectives for the march and the stories of those involved in organizing the event.

Find links to the event's website to get logistics and transportations information in all 50 states by visiting Women's march on Washington at womensmarch.com.

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