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Women’s March draws record crowd

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Womens March on WashingtonHuge crowds show up at the Mall to protest.       PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV  

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thousands marched on the nation’s capital Saturday in support of women’s rights and gender equality. 

“We understand that a year ago Donald Trump and Mike Pence were sworn in and immediately began turning the clock back on women’s rights, worker’s rights, LGBT rights, and our fundamental values of inclusion, opportunity and tolerance,” said Takoma Park resident and current Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez speaking to a crowd gathered around the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Perez, who served one term on the Montgomery County Council, urged people to stand up for progressive beliefs and to “organize, mobilize and vote for Democrats.”

Marking the one-year anniversary of the 2017 presidential inauguration, the march drew thousands from around the region and country, many of whom held signs, to protest the actions and rhetoric of the Trump administration.

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Local friends and family members gather for D.C. march

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DC Womens March - pro signProtesters showed up with a variety of signs during the Women’s March on D.C. Saturday. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

WASHINGTON – A group of friends said they enjoyed the Women’s March on Washington Saturday despite temporary separation and the longer trips on Metro to and from the March.

“We met as colleagues. We work together, but we’re all friends,” Rockville resident Susan Seling said.

Seling, who works for the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, said her train at Grosvenor was crowded Saturday morning but riders on her train made the ride pleasant.

“We were able to board the first train that came, but it was very,very crowded, and lots of good energy,” Seling said.

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Raskin leads protesters to Women’s March

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Jamie Raskin election night 11-8-16Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) making his victory speech on election night Nov. 8. FILE PHOTO  

WASHINGTON – On Saturday morning, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) gave a familiar speech in a familiar place.

Just as he did the night he won the Democratic primary in May, Raskin gave his stump speech to an enthusiastic crowd packed into the Silver Spring Civic Center.

“We are the heirs to the civil rights movement, and the women’s movement, and the LGBT movement, the environmental movement, the labor movement, the peace movement, the human rights movement,” Raskin said. “And we’re not going to allow a cabinet of billionaires and bigots and bullies take away everything that we built.”

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