February 20, 2017
Philadelphia activists opposed to President Donald Trump joined like-minded protesters in cities around the country on Monday for a President's Day rally disavowing the new administration, continuing a month of steady dissent that has filled the streets of Center City.
The "Not My President's Day" rallies, also held in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, drew participation from a wide range of groups wary of Trump's agenda. Speakers at the Philadelphia event at Thomas Paine Plaza touched on topics including racial justice, reproductive rights, climate change, immigration, healthcare and LGBTQ rights.
Among others, protesters heard from City Councilwoman Helen Gym, who talked about Philadelphia's status as a sanctuary city; University of Pennsylvania professor Nicholas Pevzner, who addressed climate change; and Pennsylvania State Sen. Art Haywood, who discussed the values behind the Affordable Care Act.
Protesters marched from Thomas Paine Plaza to around Sixth and Market streets and back again, many carrying signs and repeating chants as they went.
At New York City's event, organizer Olga Lexell explained to CNN why so many Americans continue to protest Trump's presidency in its volatile early days.
"A lot of people are angry because he lost the popular vote and is ruling like somebody who won by a landslide," Lexell said, adding that grassroots groups aim to keep momentum strong in the wake of last month's successful women's marches in cities worldwide.
Here are some scene from holiday protests around the country.