Thousands of women nationwide participated in a series pre-election demonstrations on Saturday, including one at San Diego's Balboa Park, focusing on women's reproductive issues, getting out the vote and protesting the Trump Administration's efforts to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“RBG stood for so many things and we wanted to honor her today by doing this march. I think anyone that believes in democracy should vote,” said Barbara Orozco Valdivia, one of the participants in Saturday’s march.
A number of virtual events, voter registration drives, phone banking efforts and text messaging campaigns were also planned for today.
There are over 400 being planned around the country.
Women's Marches have been held regularly since Jan. 21, 2017, the day
after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, in one of the largest
public demonstrations in U.S. history.
“We believe that our next Supreme Court Justice should be elected by the next president. We think that two weeks, three weeks, before the election is not a way to show democracy,” Valdivia said.
Saturday's gatherings are the second under the Women's March banner this
year. The earlier marches were held Jan. 18 to commemorate the 2017 event, and
renew support for women's rights.
"Women are going to decide this election," Rachel O'Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women's March, told the Washington Post. "We are fired up. We are ready to take action. This is a preview of what you're going to see on November 3rd."
More information and a complete list of events are available here.