Marches, protests through Portland a year after Trump's inauguration
Thousands of demonstrators participated in a series of marches and rallies through Portland on Saturday, marking President trump's first full year in office.
The J-20 (Or January 20th - a year since Trump's inauguration ceremony) rallies were focused on several different causes, but they primarily were centered around women’s rights, immigration, and Trump.
The National March for Impeachment was the first of the day, starting with a rally around noon in Terry Schrunk Free Speech Plaza.
Thousands then started marching through city streets, prompting Portland Police to close down some roads to cars. They ask drivers to use caution if they are going downtown.
Police also said there could be TriMet delays for city buses and MAX trains.
The event was organized by Direct Action Alliance and the International League of Peoples' Struggle. Police say they do not have a permit to march.
Another rally hosted by NXT LVL and She Shreds also started at noon at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts in Northeast Portland.
Supporters of the #metoo movement held a speak-out against sexual assault at 2 p.m. in Pioneer Square.
The group then marched through the streets to show solidarity for the victims of sexual violence.
The group marched through several blocks and returned to Pioneer Square roughly a half-hour later.
The group Patriot Prayer planned a Nighttime Freedom March starting at 5 p.m. at the Salmon Springs Fountain along Portland’s Waterfront Park.
Their march was met with counter-protesters, and ended back at Waterfront Park with heated debate between participants.
Portland Police said the days' events ended without any arrests, injuries, property damage, or use of police force.
Last year, thousands filled city streets for the Women’s March on Portland.
Organizers say that this year the event has stepped aside to “create space for Indigenous Womxn to be seen and heard” at Sunday’s Indigenous Women's March. This rally and march will be held at Terry Schrunk Free Speech Plaza from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Portland Police officials said they'll work to make sure everyone can practice free speech, however they will still check for proper permits and prevent any violence or other illegal activity.
The marches will take place alongside other women's marches that are planned all over the world.