SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Thousands gathered in downtown San Jose Saturday for one of several Women’s Marches taking place across the Bay Area in the wake of the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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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 Saturday afternoon that at least 25,000 people were in attendance.

San Jose Women's March Route

Women’s March in San Jose Route Map

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 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.”

Women's March

Women’s March in San Jose (Photo via Bay City News)

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

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Comments (4)
  1. The Women’s March in San Jose was great! Large turnout. Everyone peaceful. Police accomodating and friendly. Very diverse group with lost of kid’s, men and women wearing pink hats. Lots of signs about all important issues. Many homemade, some serious, some funny.Great chants. I felt like a proud American seeing so many people who are caring and committed to preserving our great American values.

  2. It was amazing to stand together with so many people. Our hard work has just begun and that is to make sure we can inform others to be involved and to be supportive of Women’s rights–rights to choose health care–equal pay for equal work– family issues– child care and education. May we use the power of today to share and bring others into the fold of freedom and choice for all.

    1. It was not a PROTEST, it was an AFFIRMATION of democracy. Sure, a lot of folks have anti-trump feelings, but the emphasis was not negative. It was power-driven, peace and manners. There were more people than was prepared for. We lost internet service, Facebook ground to a halt in Silicon Valley because nobody organizing knew to ask Verizon or other carriers to get trucks and routers out there. It was amazing. It took me a good while to find this video. That is sad. In silly little San Jose the heart of Silicon Valley, this wasn’t big news? Is the media afraid to cover democratic expression? The speakers … hahahahah, there was not proper planning; you couldn’t hear them, you couldn’t see them. But, We all marched. We will continue to be seen, peacefully and to make our rights solid so we can march for other countries because our own rights in this country WILL BE SECURED. #bayareawomensmarch #tytnetwork #women #strongertogether #ourrevolution @realDonaldTrump.

  3. This baby-killer March was a big lie. PRESIDENT TRUMP has done MORE for women than hildebeast ever has! Trump was hiring women to executive positions in the very early 80’s, long before most anyone else has. Who was his SENIOR campaign mgr.? A WOMAN, a very beautiful intelligent powerful women.
    This so called March was FAKE NEWS!!!