A scenes from Saturday’s “Inagurate Resistance” Rally held in downtown Albany. (Photo by Ryan Kilgallon)
People of all genders and races joined together in downtown Albany this weekend to march in solidarity with other people all over the world against the recent inauguration of Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America.
The march in Albany, which commenced at 155 Washington Ave. outside the Albany Public Library, winded its way down the street and ended in West Capitol Park. Thousands of people, some dressed modestly, others sporting pink, and rainbow wings, marched by onlookers with cameras, proudly holding signs denouncing different aspects of Trump’s administration, or professing their support for issues such as climate change, healthcare, and women’s rights.
Citizen Action of New York organized the event. Co-sponsors included Albany County Central Federation of Labor, Amnesty International USA, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Bernie Sanders Network of the Capital Region, Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia, In Our Own Voices, Jewish Voice for Peace Albany Chapter, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, New York Civil Liberties Union Capital Region Chapter, New York Progressive Action Network, New York State Nurses Association, Niskayuna Teachers Association, North Star Interfaith Peace Walk, Obama Democracy Club, Palestinian Rights Committee, Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, Pride Center of the Capital Region, Robert F Kennedy Democrats of the Capital Region, Saratoga Unites, Schenectady Federation of Teachers Solidarity Committee, Upper Hudson Peace Action, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, Women Against War, and the Working Families Party. Local teachers and community leaders also spoke as well.
Jamaica Miles, an event organizer, spoke to the massive crowd gathered around the stage and implored marchers to stay further engaged and involved by joining with any of the groups that co-sponsored the event.