Turnout was lower than in the past, but thousands of Philadelphians showed up Saturday for the third annual Women’s March. Or rather, marches.
Two separate organizations hosted rallies on the Parkway after a split in the leadership that had brought the previous protests to town. One, Women’s March PA, was affiliated with the national event, which took place on the same day (with the same subdued turnout — about 100,000 attendees showed up in D.C.). The other, Philly Women Rally, was locally run.
In the end, many people were able to attend both rallies. “I wanted to come to both because of what is going on in the country,” a young mother told The Philadelphia Tribune.
The LOVE Park rally’s featured speakers including Movita Johnson-Harrell, a former candidate for lieutenant governor and anti-gun violence advocate. It attracted a crowd full of Temple students and socialist activists, per WHYY.
The other rally, held on the Art Museum steps and unconnected with the national organization, brought out a slew of elected officials, including march organizer Deja Lynn Alvarez, who is also running for City Council.
Mayor Jim Kenney, clad in an Eagles hat, dropped a reference to God as a “she” and called out Trump’s election as the country “effing up big time,” according to The Inquirer. Also in attendance were Pa. Rep. Donna Bullock, Pa. Rep. Joanna McClinton and Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
Here’s a selection of photos that show the mood and the events at the two editions of the 2019 Philly Women’s March.