Asian Americans Stand Up, Speak Out Against Trump, Hatred at Women’s March

Article Source: Women’s March on Washington, others who helped elect a target of the demonstrators’ ire, President Donald Trump, celebrated Saturday night at an Asian-American inaugural gala not far from the White House.

As the inaugural weekend drew to a close, the day’s events projected a stark contrast of opinion among members of the AAPI community — namely, those who view the next four years of Trump with trepidation, and those who are optimistic that the 45th president will make America stronger and better than before.

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Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Il) were among the speakers at the D.C. march, which was expected to draw as many as 200,000 people. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), who boycotted Friday’s inauguration, was also on stage.

“I didn’t give up literally parts of my body to have the Constitution trampled on,” said Duckworth, a Thai-American former congresswoman who lost both legs during combat in Iraq.

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Some 673 sister marches also took place in cities across the country and throughout the world, according to the Women’s March on Washington website.

“Women’s rights are human rights,” U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Il) said at the Chicago Women’s March, according to a statement from his office. “A loud chorus of voices including mine will speak up for the rights of women and all Americans to make a better life in this country.”

While the marches called attention to women’s issues like the gender gap in pay and access to Planned Parenthood and health care services, it also trained a spotlight on other civil rights concerns, such as a proposed Muslim registry and religious, gender, and racial discrimination.

“We’re seeing hate crimes on the rise, we’re seeing a lot of antagonism toward minorities, and I think it’s probably the result of the tone Donald Trump has set for this country,” Sonali Saluja, a 34-year-old medical doctor from California, told NBC News.

To get to Washington, Saluja first flew to New York City to meet her friend and fellow doctor, 32-year-old Michelle Lin. They then drove to Philadelphia to pick up Lin’s cousin, arriving in the nation’s capital on Saturday at 5 a.m, Lin said.

Like many participants, Saluja and Lin braved packed Metro trains that were forced to sit in stations while waiting for crowds to ease at L’Enfant Plaza, where marchers emptied into the streets.

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Armed with handmade signs, many wore pink knitted caps with cat ears called “pussy hats,” a reference to comments Trump once made. One poster read, “People have the power to redeem the work of fools.” Some demonstrators chanted, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA.”