SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Thousands of women nationwide were expected to participate in pre-election demonstrations Saturday, including one at San Diego’s Balboa Park.
Demonstrators focused 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.
“Everybody is deserving of love, of feeling safe,” Athena Bazalaki, an organizer of the San Diego rally, said. “No matter who you love, no matter what your race is, no matter your religion, you deserve to be in a country that values you and that’s what we are here to teach our young.”
A number of virtual events, voter registration drives, phone banking efforts and text messaging campaigns were also planned.
“There are over 400 being planned around the country and Pasadena is one of them,” organizer Jenna Karvunidis, who co-hosted a march outside Pasadena City Hall, told the Pasadena Now website. “This march particularly has to do with not confirming the new Supreme Court justice until after the election.”
“It was Ginsburg’s dying wish to not be replaced until after the election, and I think that we should honor that.”
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 are in a very difficult place in society and I found that silence is not a good thing. I think it’s important for everybody to stand up and speak up,” Gloria Daviston, a participant in San Diego, said.
Saturday’s gatherings were 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.”
San Diego’s “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar” San Diego Women’s March started at 11 a.m. at Balboa Park, President’s Way Parking Lot, 1549 El Prado.
More information and a complete list of events is available online.