Women’s March draws thousands to streets of Columbia

Around three thousand individuals took to the streets of Columbia on Jan. 21, 2017, to protest policies of newly inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump, according to estimates by event organizers. Women’s reproductive rights, climate change and xenophobia were some of the many topics of signs that decorated the landscape. Chants of, “love trumps hate,” and more rang through the downtown streets.                                              

Many of the marchers came from surrounding areas.

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“I came to march on this lovely blue island in a sea of red,” said Jean Strolberg of surrounding conservative areas in the state.                                                                

All told, around 600 “sister marches” were planned worldwide, with well over one million participants with police and organizer estimates. On April 22, Columbia and Jefferson City will have Marches for Science, focused on the need for climate change action. Trump has previously called climate change a Chinese hoax, “to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”