The Women’s March On Washington’s Caribbean Links

Protestors at the inaugural Women's March on Washington held on Jan. 21, 2017 in D.C. (Twitter image)
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Protestors at the inaugural Women’s March on Washington held on Jan. 21, 2017 in D.C. (Twitter image)

By NAN Contributor

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Sat. Jan. 21, 2017: Two Caribbean roots lawmaker and one singer were among hundreds of thousands of people, most women, who gathered in Washington, D.C., today, Jan. 21, 2017, to protest again the newly sworn in President.

Protestors at a spin off Women’s March in NYC. (JASON SZENES image)
The protestors were voicing concern against Donald J. Trump, who was sworn in on January 20th, 2017, in Washington D.C. (Mario B. Cabrera / Vision Fotos)

Newly-elected Jamaican roots Senator Kamala Harris were among dozens of speakers and likened the massive event that was also supported with similar protests marches globally to the tune of one million people, similar to when her parents helped march for civil rights as students of Berkeley University. Harris is a daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian immigrant mother.

“We the people have the power,” said Harris who was joined by other female congressional lawmakers including several from the Black Caucus on stage at the event.  “It’s going to be hard before it gets easier but let’s get to work. Today’s @WomensMarch really made me believe in the possibilities of our country, with people of all backgrounds united for justice.”

The Black Congressional lawmakers were brought together by Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. “We’re ready to resist @realDonaldTrump,” she tweeted.

Singer Maxwell tweeted this picture of him and rights activist Angela Davis before he performed. (Twitter image)

Meanwhile, Haitian and Puerto Rico roots singer Maxwell  were among top performers at the event, along with Alicia Keyes, Jannelle Monae and Madonna. “We are here because women are every bit as capable if not more able to pursue any goal they set forth for themselves. Were it not for the limitless depths of their love we would not be the men that we are,” he said.

What started as a Facebook post by a Hawaii retiree became an unprecedented international rebuke of a new president that packed cities large and small — from London to Los Angeles, Paris to Park City, Utah, Miami to Melbourne, Australia. The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, who originally sought a permit for a gathering of 200,000, said Saturday that as many as half a million people participated.