By Tulio Ospina and Nadia Perez
Over 60,000 people marched through the streets of Oakland for a Women’s March today, joining the hundreds of demonstrations across the country in opposition to the inauguration of President Donald Trump and his disrespect towards women’s rights.
The slow moving, peaceful march began at 11 a.m. at Madison Park and stretched for dozens of city blocks and around the west side of Lake Merritt. The procession was filled with protesters of all ages, carrying signs, chanting, playing drums and dancing.
Popular signs read “Build bridges not walls,” “Women’s rights are human rights” and “Respect my existence or expect my resistance”.
An hour after the march ended at Frank Ogawa Plaza, where several local leaders gave rallying speeches, participants were still marching down Broadway, just arriving to City Hall.
After 2:30 p.m., bars and restaurants were teeming with hungry demonstrators.
Tulio Ospina is the assistant editor of the Oakland Post and editor-in-chief of El Mundo.