VIDEO: 25,000 activists shut down San Jose streets

Courtesy of Sam Licardo


SAN JOSE (KRON) — The Women’s March on Washington is attracting enormous crowds in San Jose in the wake of the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump.

The march began around 10 a.m. at San Jose City Hall and ended several blocks away with a rally at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. San Jose police estimated this afternoon that at least 25,000 people were in attendance.

So much so, that several roads are completely shut down to vehicular traffic, according to the San Jose Police Dept.

Drivers should expect delays around the area of the march for several hours.

The march started at San Jose City Hall at 200 E Santa Clara St. and is headed towards Cesar Chavez Plaza.

At the plaza, a peacefully rally with speeches, live music, and food trucks will take place to promote “human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all.”

State Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, was one of the speakers at the event and said it is the largest demonstration in San Jose’s history.”I am so pleased that it’s so peaceful and cooperative,” Anne

“I am so pleased that it’s so peaceful and cooperative,” Anne Lamborn, a 73-year-old weaver and painter from Los Gatos, said at the rally. “I have some hope that we’re going to have some influence to change our whole situation in a very, very positive way.”

The San Jose event is one of several Women’s Marches in the Bay Area and one of hundreds worldwide today. Others began around the same time in Oakland and Walnut Creek, while others are planned later today in San Francisco and Vallejo.

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