PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Thousands of people gathered for a large protest rally on the State House lawn in Providence Saturday afternoon.
The rally in Providence began at 1 p.m. on the south lawn.
The Rhode Island Women’s Solidarity Rally was organized as a local branch of the protest underway in Washington, which has drawn an estimated 500,000 people and spread to cities across the country.
Demonstrators gathered to speak out against racism, sexism, and discrimination, among other issues, which they see could worsen under a Trump administration.
“I believe us getting together here is to make the new president realize that we’re not going to back down,” Jennifer Magrey, one of Saturday’s demonstrators, told Eyewitness News. “This isn’t my first march on this. This is going to be something I’m going to keep and continue.”
Governor Raimondo, Congressman Jim Langevin, and several State Senators and Representatives attended.
Gov. Raimondo got the crowd cheering with her address, telling the crowd “it matters that you’re here because we will not be silent.”
Organizers told the Associated Press that they expected about 2,000 attendees in total. Eyewitnesses say many more actually turned out.