ORLANDO, Fla. — Thousands of people gathered at downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park Saturday afternoon for a women’s rally, event organizers said.
The event is one of many National Day of Action rallies and marches being held throughout the United States Saturday -- the first full day of the Trump administration.
The local rally, which is being held at the park’s Walt Disney Amphitheater, began at 1 p.m. and will run three hours.
“It's not enough to sit [at] home and feeling powerless or helpless,” organizer Gricel Fernandez said. “Your vote really does matter, no matter what you want to vote for.”
Crews spent much of the morning setting up for the event. People with signs, chairs and blankets had already begun to trickle into the park by noon.
Organizers told Channel 9 that they hope to see more women get involved in democracy at all levels of government.
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Some women fear that the Trump administration won't focus on women's issues, such as affordable health care and equal pay.
More than 8,000 people have registered for the event, organizers said.
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At the Women's March on Washington, Actress America Ferrera said "every single one of us" is under attack by President Donald Trump.
Ferrera said at the start of a rally that people are gathered in the capital and across the country to say to Trump, "We refuse."
A city official in Washington said the turnout estimate for the march stood at 500,000 people, more than double the initial predictions.
There were early signs across Washington that Saturday's crowds could top those that gathered on Friday to watch Trump's inauguration.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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