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Crowds gather to demonstrate against Trump  
Sarah Ravani, Hamed Aleaziz @ sfgate.com

Massive crowds gathered across the Bay Area on Saturday morning a day after President Trump‚¬Ä¬ôs inauguration to declare that they will oppose the new president‚¬Ä¬ôs agenda wherever they see it opposing them. The five Women‚¬Ä¬ôs March events planned around the region Saturday echoed the main Women‚¬Ä¬ôs March held simultaneously in Washington, D.C. ‚¬Ä¬Ē advocating for the rights of women, minorities, immigrants and the poor. In Oakland, thousands of women, men, and children of all ages gathered, wearing pink hats, holding homemade signs that read ‚¬Ä¬úDump Trump‚¬Ä¬Ě and ‚¬Ä¬úFeminist Dad.‚¬Ä¬Ě The crowd was so large that Madison Park, where protesters gathered, couldn‚¬Ä¬ôt hold everyone and people spilled over into nearby streets. The California Highway Patrol closed the Oak Street off-ramp due to the massive crowds and traffic in the area. Organizers said leading up to the marches that their message was purposely broad since they anticipate attacks on their beliefs by not just the president, but the new Republican-controlled Congress. Both have pledged to cut funding for social services and diminish the right to choose in abortions. The Women‚¬Ä¬ôs March in San Francisco was coincidentally on the same day as the Walk for Life, the annual anti-abortion march in the city, but both sides adjusted the timing of their events to only barely overlap each other with the goal of avoiding conflict. Sarah Ravani, Hamed Aleaziz and Kevin Fagan are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers.
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The Nooner for January 21st

 

WARNING: This is a long one, which you probably don't want to read on your iPhone. But, there's a lot to cover.

Well, that was an interesting day. I know my liberal friends will point to the ascerbic inaugural address (followed by much calmer and unifying actions and comments inside the Capitol in front of "the Establishment," while my conservative friends point to the anarchist protesters that took advantage of closed streets to attack the newspaper and coffee industries by burning newspaper stands and breaking Starbucks windows.

Today, there are marches across the country focusing on women's issues, including here in Sacramento from Southside Park to the State Capitol, which will likely actually have a message and be peaceful. The Sacramento march is huge. I'll post pictures on Facebook, as I had to take time out from writing this morning to go outside and see the commotion. Southside Park (very large) was completely full, as were the streets of at least thirteen blocks. Even from the stairs of the Konko Church, I couldn't see the end. After an hour of marching one mile, there are still so many people that the cell towers are overwhelmed.

The question for the Democratic Party is, with likely a million people across the country rallying for Democratic/liberal causes, how did the party fail to activate most of these people from largely blue states to work in one of the three swing states, in which only one was needed to swing the election. The party focused on money and not engaging swing voters. Their candidate and surrogates spent more time raising money in the Bay Area and Los Angeles's West Side than voters in cities like Madison, Philadelphia, and Miami--and many more. #FAIL

The official actions of President Trump yesterday, in addition to a somewhat awkward first dance to "My Way" (which included fist bumps to attendees), were the . . .

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