Protesters march against the election of Donald Trump in Seattle, Washington on Nov. 14. | Getty
Organizers of the Women’s March on Washington estimate 200,000 people will participate in its inauguration weekend protest, according to a National Park Service’s list of First Amendment permit applications.
The group organizing the protest (which was initially pegged as a “million woman march”) applied for a permit application under the name “The Gathering for Justice,” according to Mike Litterst, the chief of communications for the NPS’ National Mall & Memorial Parks. The application says the march’s purpose is “to come together in solidarity to express to the new administration & congress that women’s rights are human rights and our power cannot be ignored.”
The march grew out of a Facebook group planning to protest President-elect Donald Trump’s election the day after he’s sworn in. Over 100,000 people said on Facebook that they would participate in the march, set to start at the Lincoln Memorial and end at the White House on Jan. 21.
The march is one of many planned protests and events surrounding the inauguration. Other groups that applied for permits on Inauguration Day include the March for Life Education and Defense Fund 2017, requesting a permit for the National Mall to “march for life, to build a culture of Life on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.” The application said it anticipates 50,000 people will attend.
The Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas religious group that has used anti-LGBQT protests at funerals for military members to draw attention to itself, also applied for a permit for John Marshall Park, near the National Mall, to “conduct a public demonstration/outdoor religious service regarding the judgement of God with respect to the dangers of promoting homosexuality-, same sex marriage [sic] and the filthy manner of life and idol-worshipping of the nation.”
Bikers for Trump, a group supporting Trump, applied for a permit for the day after the inauguration at the same location. The purpose of that group’s demonstration is “to celebrate president-elect, and encourage peaceful transition.”
Trump has repeatedly expressed interest in having a large crowd on Inauguration Day. In December, he tweeted “I hope the ‘MOVEMENT’ fans will go to D.C. on Jan 20th for the swearing in. Let’s set the all time record!”