Biggest protests in every state

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November 5, 2018
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Biggest protests in every state

Americans across the country were so outraged by the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer after the officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, not even the coronavirus pandemic would keep them from taking to the streets. A wave of Black Lives Matter protests erupted across the country over the following months. While some looting and rioting occurred during and after some demonstrations, the protests were largely peaceful, calling for racial equality, defunding the police, and an end to violence against Black people.

Some of the recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations, such as the ones in Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, and North Dakota, turned out to be the among the largest in the history of those states. But racial equality is just one of many hot button issues that has prompted people to break out their bullhorns, paint protest signs, and act upon their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.

To determine the biggest protests in every state (and learn more about what triggered them), Stacker consulted Count Love, a website that tracks protests and demonstrations across the U.S. based on news articles. Count Love’s database includes protests from January 2017 on, and this story is up to date as of the end of June 2020, with the data having been released July 1. In addition to the top five protests with the most attendees in each state, Stacker has pulled the total number of protesters and protest attendees available in Count Love’s database.

It is important to note, however, that estimating numbers of protest attendees is not an exact science, and estimates often differ significantly from one source to another. Count Love checks multiple articles (sometimes over 100) for each protest in the database and typically uses the most conservative estimate available. Also, the total numbers of attendees for each state may include duplicate counts for state residents who have attended multiple protests in the past four years, as well as counts of people from out of state who have come into that state for a demonstration (for example: Washington D.C., as well as the pro-gun rally in Virginia).

Click through to learn about the biggest protests in every state and Washington D.C. over the last few years.

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Alabama

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 216
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 32,659 (671 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Birmingham on Jan. 21, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #1. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Railroad Park, Birmingham on March 24, 2018 (5,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights in Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham on May 19, 2019 (2,000 attendees)
--- #4. Education (State Budget) in Montgomery on Feb. 23, 2017 (1,000 attendees)
--- #4. Racial Injustice in Selma on March 5, 2017 (1,000 attendees)

More than 5,000 people paraded through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, with signs and flags for a sister demonstration of the national Women’s March in 2017—a significantly better turnout than the organizers expected, according to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Institute for Human Rights Blog. More than two years later, feminist activists returned to Birmingham for a rally against an abortion law widely considered the most restrictive in the country at the time.

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Alaska

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 227
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 34,701 (4,699 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Anchorage on Jan. 20, 2018 (3,000 attendees)
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Anchorage on Jan. 21, 2017 (3,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Fairbanks on Jan. 21, 2017 (2,000 attendees)
--- #3. Education at University of Alaska, Anchorage on July 9, 2019 (2,000 attendees)
--- #5. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Anchorage on March 24, 2018 (1,500 attendees)

Snowy sidewalks didn’t keep Alaskans from turning out en masse for the annual Women’s March in 2017 and 2018, wearing their pink “pussy hats” and holding signs with messages that support women’s right to autonomy. Another large protest took place in 2019, after a 41% cut in state funding to the University of Alaska system prompted thousands of students, athletes, and activists to rally under the theme of “Save Our State.”

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Arizona

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 455
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 216,018 (3,110 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Education (Funding) in Phoenix on April 26, 2018 (40,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Phoenix on Jan. 21, 2017 (25,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Phoenix on Jan. 21, 2018 (20,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Tucson on Jan. 21, 2017 (15,000 attendees)
--- #5. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Phoenix on March 24, 2018 (15,000 attendees)

Wearing eye-catching red shirts, teachers in Arizona walked off the job to rally for increased funding for schools at the state Capitol in April 2018. The strike shut down public schools in the state for days and kept at least 768,000 students home.

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Arkansas

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 127
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 20,289 (678 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Little Rock on Jan. 21, 2017 (7,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Little Rock on March 24, 2018 (3,000 attendees)
--- #3. Racial Injustice in Bentonville on June 1, 2020 (1,500 attendees)
--- #4. Immigration in Little Rock on Jan. 29, 2017 (700 attendees)
--- #5. Other (March for Science) in Fayetteville on April 22, 2017 (500 attendees)

What started as a peaceful protest against racial injustice and the killing of George Floyd ended “in chaos,” in Bentonville, Arkansas, on June 1, according to local news outlets. Police fired tear gas at the crowd of an estimated 1,500 people. Protesters hurled eggs and water bottles at law enforcement officers and damaged official police vehicles.

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California

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 3,478
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 3.1 million (7,811 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Los Angeles on Jan. 21, 2017 (750,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Los Angeles on Jan. 20, 2018 (500,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights in Los Angeles on Jan. 19, 2019 (200,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in San Francisco on Jan. 21, 2017 (150,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Oakland on Jan. 21, 2017 (100,000 attendees)

Marches for women’s rights and gender equality in 2017 and 2018 drew massive numbers of participants in some of California’s largest cities. The rally in downtown Los Angeles in January 2017 included a number of notable attendees, including Laverne Cox, Miley Cyrus, and Jane Fonda. Estimates for the number of attendees range from 500,000 to as many as 750,000 people.

 

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Colorado

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 636
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 408,877 (7,392 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Denver on Jan. 21, 2017 (100,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights in Denver on Jan. 19, 2019 (80,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Denver on Jan. 20, 2018 (50,000 attendees)
--- #4. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Denver on March 24, 2018 (10,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights in Denver on Jan. 18, 2020 (10,000 attendees)

Teens and young adults in Denver organized one of Colorado’s largest protests in recent years: the March for Our Lives in March 2018. They called for an end to gun violence, greater legislative action for gun control, and efforts to prevent school shootings. The protest included a speech from Tom Mauser, whose son, Daniel Mauser, was killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.

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Connecticut

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 523
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 92,769 (2,590 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Hartford on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Hartford on Jan. 20, 2018 (8,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Stamford on Jan. 21, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #4. Other (March for Science) in New Haven on April 22, 2017 (3,000 attendees)
--- #5. Guns (National Walkout Day) in Greenwich High School, Greenwich on March 14, 2018 (2,700 attendees)

While not quite as big of a turnout as a rally against income tax in 1991 at the Connecticut State Capitol, the Women’s March of 2017 made headlines after it drew around 10,000 participants. A sister event to the Women’s March in Washington D.C., the Hartford rally included upwards of a dozen elected officials who showed their support for women’s rights.

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Delaware

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 97
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 10,545 (1,111 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Rehoboth Beach on March 24, 2018 (1,200 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Newark on Jan. 21, 2017 (1,000 attendees)
--- #2. Racial Injustice in Wilmington on May 30, 2020 (1,000 attendees)
--- #2. Racial Injustice in Wilmington on June 5, 2020 (1,000 attendees)
--- #5. Other (March for Science) in Newark on April 22, 2017 (700 attendees)

The largest protest in Delaware over the last few years—March for Our Lives—was guided by young people demanding an end to gun violence. The rally at Rehoboth Beach, which occurred about a month after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, included speeches from teen activists, one of whom was as young as 13 years old.

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Florida

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 1,430
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 377,399 (1,832 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Collective Bargaining (Labor Rights) in Orlando on Oct. 19, 2017 (38,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in St. Petersburg on Jan. 21, 2017 (20,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Pine Trails Park, Parkland on March 24, 2018 (15,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Tallahassee on Jan. 21, 2017 (14,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Miami on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)

Tens of thousands of Walt Disney World employees staged a protest outside of the amusement park, demanding a pay bump from $10 to $15 an hour, in October 2017. The demonstration, which blocked traffic, was eventually broken up by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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Georgia

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 476
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 165,117 (1,603 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Atlanta on Jan. 21, 2017 (60,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Atlanta on March 24, 2018 (30,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Pride) in Atlanta on Oct. 14, 2018 (10,000 attendees)
--- #4. Immigration (Airport) in Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Atlanta on Jan. 29, 2017 (7,000 attendees)
--- #5. Immigration (Families Belong Together) in Atlanta on June 30, 2018 (4,000 attendees)

Arrivals to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta were greeted by some 7,000 protesters Jan. 29, 2017, demonstrating against President Donald Trump’s immigration order that banned Syrian refugees from coming to the country. Customs officers detained 11 protesters, but released them the following morning. No arrests or injuries occurred at the airport rally.

 

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Hawaii

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 157
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 54,466 (3,830 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Environment (Against Development) in Waikiki on Oct. 5, 2019 (10,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Honolulu (Oahu) on Jan. 21, 2017 (8,000 attendees)
--- #3. Education (Funding) in Honolulu on Feb. 13, 2017 (6,000 attendees)
--- #4. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Honolulu on March 24, 2018 (5,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Kona on Jan. 21, 2017 (3,000 attendees)

More than 10,000 people demonstrated at Ala Moana Beach Park in support of Indigenous people in Hawaii and their stewardship over the land in October 2019. The protest stemmed from a dispute over proposed construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop the Mauna Kea volcano, which is considered sacred by local tribes.

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Idaho

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 184
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 40,831 (2,419 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Boise on Jan. 21, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #2. Environment (Public Lands) in Boise on March 4, 2017 (3,000 attendees)
--- #3. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Boise on March 24, 2018 (3,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Moscow on Jan. 21, 2017 (2,500 attendees)
--- #5. Immigration (Families Belong Together) in Boise on June 30, 2018 (2,000 attendees)

Around 62% of the land in Idaho is public, and a crowd of hunters, Native Americans, and activists gathered in Boise, Idaho, in March 2017 to try to “keep it that way,” according to one news report. Protesters argued that the transfer of the land’s management from the federal to the state government risked resulting in a sale to private entities.

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Illinois

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 880
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 874,933 (6,824 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Chicago on Jan. 20, 2018 (300,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Chicago on Jan. 21, 2017 (250,000 attendees)
--- #3. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Union Park, Chicago on March 24, 2018 (85,000 attendees)
--- #4. Immigration (Families Belong Together) in Daley Plaza, Chicago on June 30, 2018 (50,000 attendees)
--- #5. Other (March for Science) in Chicago on April 22, 2017 (40,000 attendees)

An unexpectedly large turnout to the Women’s March in Chicago in January 2017 forced organizers to cancel the Loop march it had originally planned. Instead, the rally took place at Grant Park, where protesters heard speeches from notable officials and watched cast members from Chicago’s “Hamilton” cast sing “Let It Be.”

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Indiana

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 547
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 84,873 (1,279 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Collective Bargaining (Education), Indianapolis on Nov. 19, 2019 (12,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Indianapolis on Jan. 21, 2017 (6,700 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Indianapolis on Jan. 20, 2018 (3,500 attendees)
--- #4. Other (March for Science) in Indianapolis on April 22, 2017 (2,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Anti-Abortion) in Fort Wayne on Jan. 27, 2018 (2,000 attendees)

Many schools in Indiana were closed Nov. 19, 2019, when an estimated 12,000–15,000 teachers attended the Red for Ed rally at the Indiana Statehouse. They were demanding higher pay for teachers and greater funding for schools. A 2019 Forbes-Statista study found that Indiana had the smallest increase in teacher salaries of all states between 2002 and 2017.

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Iowa

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 397
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 92,038 (2,938 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Des Moines on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #2. Executive in Cedar Rapids on June 21, 2017 (6,000 attendees)
--- #3. Racial Injustice in Drake University, Des Moines on Nov. 14, 2018 (3,500 attendees)
--- #4. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Des Moines on March 24, 2018 (4,000 attendees)
--- #5. Environment in Iowa City on Oct. 4, 2019 (3,000 attendees)

Around 6,000 people gathered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in January 2017 to show support for President Trump on his first visit to the state after being inaugurated. While sizable, the turnout at Trump’s rally was just a fraction of the 26,000 people who participated in the Women’s March in Des Moines that same day.

 

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Kansas

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 209
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 41,459 (1,425 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Topeka on Jan. 21, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #2. Executive in Topeka on Feb. 25, 2017 (4,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Wichita on Jan. 21, 2017 (3,000 attendees)
--- #4. Racial Injustice in Wichita on May 31, 2020 (2,000 attendees)
--- #5. Racial Injustice in Triangle Park, Manhattan on June 2, 2020 (2,000 attendees)

Sen. Bernie Sanders drew around 4,000 of his loyal followers from Kansas to the Topeka High School gymnasium for a rally Feb. 25, 2017. His nearly hour-long speech included remarks against President Trump and a list of causes he and other progressives promised to defend.

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Kentucky

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 495
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 100,158 (2,256 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Pride) in Lexington on June 30, 2018 (25,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Lexington on Jan. 21, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #2. Immigration in Muhammed Ali Center, Louisville on Jan. 30, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Louisville on Jan. 21, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #5. Collective Bargaining in Louisville on March 28, 2020 (3,800 attendees)

The 11th annual Pride Festival in Lexington, Kentucky, attracted between 25,000 and 30,000 participants June 30, 2018. The event, which was in support of LGBTQ+ rights, included live entertainment from bands, theater troupes, DJs, and drag entertainers.

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Louisiana

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 257
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 41,021 (880 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in New Orleans on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #2. Racial Injustice in Duncan Plaza, New Orleans on June 4, 2020 (2,000 attendees)
--- #3. Racial Injustice in City Park, New Orleans on June 6, 2020 (2,000 attendees)
--- #4. Racial Injustice in Duncan Plaza, New Orleans on May 30, 2020 (1,500 attendees)
--- #5. Guns (National Walkout Day) in Byrd High School, Shreveport on March 14, 2018 (1,200 attendees)

Thousands of people gathered at New Orleans’s Jackson Square June 4, 2020, to protest police brutality and racism after George Floyd was killed. The park at the public square was closed that day, protecting a statue of former president Andrew Jackson—a monument that protesters wish to see removed.

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Maine

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 381
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 78,054 (5,856 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Portland on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Augusta on Jan. 21, 2017 (7,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Augusta on Jan. 20, 2018 (3,000 attendees)
--- #4. Racial Injustice in Portland on June 1, 2020 (2,500 attendees)
--- #5. Immigration (Families Belong Together) in Portland on June 30, 2018 (2,000 attendees)

A day after President Trump’s inauguration, around 10,000 people hit the streets of Portland, Maine, to rally for women’s rights Jan. 21, 2017—the largest protest in the state over the past few years. Sister rallies took place across the country and throughout the state, including in Kennebunk, Brunswick, and Augusta.

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Maryland

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 322
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 57,095 (951 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Baltimore on Jan. 20, 2018 (10,000 attendees)
--- #2. Education in Annapolis on March 11, 2019 (5,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Baltimore on Jan. 21, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #4. Immigration in Baltimore International Airport, Baltimore on Jan. 29, 2017 (2,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Annapolis on Jan. 21, 2017 (1,600 attendees)

Teachers and other education workers took to Maryland’s capital March 11, 2019, to show support for a 10-year proposal for education improvement. Demonstrators said that the proposal would help ensure that the state’s public schools received equitable funding and that teachers received higher compensation.

 

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Massachusetts

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 983
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 486,742 (7,126 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Boston on Jan. 21, 2017 (175,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Boston Common, Boston on March 24, 2018 (50,000 attendees)
--- #3. Racial Injustice (Counter Protest; Alt-Right/Neo-Nazis) in Boston on Aug. 19, 2017 (40,000 attendees)
--- #4. Immigration in Copley Plaza, Boston on Jan. 29, 2017 (15,000 attendees)
--- #4. Immigration (Families Belong Together) in Boston Common, Boston on June 30, 2018 (15,000 attendees)

Hot summer temperatures didn’t stop some 15,000 people from gathering for the Families Belong Together rally in Boston June 30, 2018, according to local news outlets. They called on elected officials in the federal government to end Trump’s immigration policy that separated undocumented immigrant families at the border.

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Michigan

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 1,055
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 192,422 (1,932 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Ann Arbor on Jan. 21, 2017 (11,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women’s March) in Lansing on Jan. 21, 2017 (8,000 attendees)
--- #3. Racial Injustice in Sterling Heights on June 6, 2020 (5,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Detroit on Jan. 21, 2017 (4,000 attendees)
--- #5. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Grand Rapids on March 24, 2018 (4,000 attendees)

Organized by local students, the March for Our Lives rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, drew a crowd of 4,000 supporters of gun control to Rosa Parks Circle March 24, 2018, according to local news outlets. The size of the rally surpassed those of other demonstrations over the previous few years, including the anti-Trump protests after the 2016 election.

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Minnesota

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 601
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 240,215 (4,346 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in St. Paul/Minneapolis on Jan. 21, 2017 (90,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in State Capitol, St. Paul on March 24, 2018 (18,000 attendees)
--- #3. Other (March for Science) in St. Paul on April 22, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #4. Racial Injustice in Powderhorn, Minneapolis on May 27, 2020 (8,000 attendees)
--- #5. Immigration (Families Belong Together) in Minneapolis on June 30, 2018 (7,000 attendees)

The 2017 Women’s March Minnesota had a crowd that stretched for blocks, from Cathedral Hill to the Capitol building in St. Paul/Minneapolis, according to local news outlets. Organizers said the turnout of 90,000 to 100,000 people was about five times the number of participants they had expected. More recently, following the murder of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis, demonstrators in the city began protesting police brutality on May 26, spurring protests around the country and world. 

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Mississippi

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 137
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 16,212 (542 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Labor Rights (March on Mississippi) in Canton on March 4, 2017 (3,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Pride) in Starkville on March 24, 2018 (2,500 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Jackson on Jan. 21, 2017 (2,000 attendees)
--- #4. Racial Injustice in Jackson on June 6, 2020 (1,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Gulfport on Jan. 21, 2017 (480 attendees)

Thousands rallied in favor of unionization efforts among Nissan workers in Canton, Mississippi, March 4, 2017. Billed as the “March on Mississippi,” the protest had a couple of notable attendees, including actor Danny Glover and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Missouri

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 546
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 115,901 (1,903 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in St. Louis on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #1. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Downtown, St. Louis on March 24, 2018 (10,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Kansas City on Jan. 21, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #3. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Kansas City on March 24, 2018 (5,000 attendees)
--- #5. Other (March for Science) in Kansas City on April 22, 2017 (3,000 attendees)

More than 10,000 protesters took part in the 2017 Women’s March in St. Louis, Missouri, Jan. 21, 2017, calling for women’s rights, racial justice, and an end to discrimination against immigrants and the LGBTQ+ community. The march began at Union Station and ended at the famous Gateway Arch.

 

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Montana

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 253
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 61,633 (5,916 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Helena on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Missoula on March 24, 2018 (5,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Missoula on Jan. 20, 2018 (3,000 attendees)
--- #4. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Bozeman on March 24, 2018 (2,000 attendees)
--- #4. Environment in Helena on Jan. 11, 2019 (2,000 attendees)

A rally in Montana’s capital had a turnout of around 2,000 people calling on state and federal officials to protect public lands Jan. 11, 2019, according to the Associated Press. Participants said they feared that the expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund could result in the sale of public lands to private owners.

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Nebraska

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 210
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 65,503 (3,439 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Omaha on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Omaha on Jan. 20, 2018 (8,000 attendees)
--- #3. Racial Injustice in Lincoln on May 31, 2020 (7,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Lincoln on Jan. 21, 2017 (3,000 attendees)
--- #5. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Omaha on March 24, 2018 (2,500 attendees)

K Street in Lincoln, Nebraska, was filled with pallets of water and food for the nearly 7,000 protesters who turned out to rally for racial justice after the killing of George Floyd. The speakers urged participants to remain peaceful, after protests the previous two days reportedly turned violent.

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Nevada

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 236
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 91,286 (3,123 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Las Vegas on Jan. 21, 2018 (20,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Reno on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Reno on Jan. 20, 2018 (10,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Las Vegas on Jan. 21, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #5. Education in Las Vegas on April 27, 2019 (4,000 attendees)

Four out of the last five biggest protests in Nevada in recent years have been for the Women’s March of 2017 and 2018, which saw a combined 45,000 total people turn out in Reno and Las Vegas. Another 4,000-strong crowd, largely composed of educators, students, and parents, rallied for additional school funding at the Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas April 27, 2019.

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New Hampshire

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 216
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 36,581 (2,723 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Concord on Jan. 21, 2017 (7,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Concord on March 24, 2018 (4,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Portsmouth on Jan. 21, 2017 (3,500 attendees)
--- #4. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Portsmouth on March 24, 2018 (2,500 attendees)
--- #5. Racial Injustice in Portsmouth on June 4, 2020 (1,200 attendees)

Activists gave speeches on women’s rights, abortion access, paid family leave, immigration reform, LGBTQ+ equality, union protection, and other issues for two hours as part of a sister event to the national Women’s March in Concord, New Hampshire, Jan. 21, 2017. At the event, Planned Parenthood also gathered letters to send to the governor to urge him not to defund the organization.

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New Jersey

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 735
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 145,291 (1,636 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Morristown on Jan. 20, 2018 (15,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Morristown on March 24, 2018 (13,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Trenton on Jan. 21, 2017 (7,500 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Asbury Park on Jan. 21, 2017 (6,000 attendees)
--- #5. Racial Injustice in Newark on May 30, 2020 (5,000 attendees)

The crowd of 15,000 people who turned out for the Women’s March in Morristown, New Jersey, Jan. 20, 2018 exceeded initial expectations of no more than 10,000 participants, according to local news outlets. The massive gathering—which was put together to show support for women’s rights and other civil rights issues—was peaceful, and no one was arrested.

 

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New Mexico

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 324
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 84,520 (4,039 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Santa Fe on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Albuquerque on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #3. Immigration (DACA) in Albuquerque on Jan. 19, 2018 (5,000 attendees)
--- #4. Other (March for Science) in Albuquerque on April 22, 2017 (4,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Santa Fe on Jan. 21, 2018 (4,000 attendees)

At least 5,000 “Dreamers”—undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and often identify as American—rallied at Civic Plaza in Albuquerque, New Mexico Jan. 19, 2018, to show support for the DREAM Act. The act, which has not been passed, would help pave the path for Dreamers to become citizens.

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New York

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 2,039
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 1.7 million (8,431 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in New York on Jan. 21, 2017 (400,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in New York on Jan. 20, 2018 (200,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Central Park, New York on March 24, 2018 (200,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Pride) in New York on June 30, 2019 (150,000 attendees)
--- #5. Environment (Climate Strike) in Foley Square, New York on Sept. 20, 2019 (60,000 attendees)

It’s hard to say just how many people turned out for the Climate Strike—a rally and march for the environment—in Manhattan Sept. 20, 2019. While the New York City Mayor’s office put the count at 60,000, organizers say that 250,000 people participated. Regardless of the exact count, the demonstration showed mass support for the fight against climate change.

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North Carolina

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 832
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 210,562 (2,073 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Education (Funding) in Raleigh on May 16, 2018 (20,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Raleigh on Jan. 21, 2017 (17,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Charlotte on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #3. Other (Moral March) in Raleigh on Feb. 11, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #3. Education in Raleigh on May 1, 2019 (10,000 attendees)

At least 10,000 people took to the streets of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Jan. 21, 2017 to attend a protest march against President Trump’s election. Supporters claimed a much higher participation rate of 80,000 people. The demonstration also gave protesters a chance to show support for a variety of causes, including the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood.

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North Dakota

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 77
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 11,274 (1,499 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Fargo on Jan. 21, 2017 (2,500 attendees)
--- #2. Racial Injustice in Island Park, Fargo on May 30, 2020 (2,000 attendees)
--- #3. Racial Injustice in Island Park, Fargo on June 5, 2020 (1,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Fargo on Jan. 20, 2018 (1,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Bismarck on Jan. 21, 2017 (500 attendees)

The police killing of George Floyd prompted around 2,000 people to show up for a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Fargo and Island Park, North Dakota, May 30, 2020. The protest ended at Fargo police headquarters where activists, religious leaders, and a city leader delivered speeches.

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Ohio

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 792
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 168,810 (1,450 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Cleveland on Jan. 21, 2017 (15,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Cincinnati on Jan. 20, 2018 (10,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Pride Parade) in Columbus on June 16, 2018 (10,000 attendees)
--- #4. Other (March for Science) in Cleveland on April 22, 2017 (8,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Cincinnati on Jan. 21, 2017 (7,000 attendees)

The 2018 Pride Parade in Columbus, Ohio, saw around 10,000 participants, many of them decked out in rainbow clothes, march through city streets to show support for the LGBTQ+ community, according to local news outlets. Around 500,000 total people participated in various other Pride events throughout the weekend across the state.

 

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Oklahoma

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 250
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 69,710 (1,779 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Education (Funding) in Oklahoma City on April 2, 2018 (30,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Oklahoma City on Jan. 21, 2017 (12,000 attendees)
--- #3. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Tulsa on March 24, 2018 (2,500 attendees)
--- #4. Racial Injustice in University of Oklahoma, Norman on Jan. 22, 2019 (1,200 attendees)

Most of the schools in Oklahoma shut down April 2, 2018 when teachers and education activists attended a rally in Oklahoma City to show support for more public school funding. The previous week, lawmakers added $400 million in additional spending for schools—half the amount that teachers had initially demanded.

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Oregon

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 810
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 330,124 (8,087 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Portland on Jan. 21, 2017 (70,000 attendees)
--- #2. Education in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland on May 8, 2019 (25,000 attendees)
--- #3. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Portland on March 24, 2018 (12,000 attendees)
--- #4. Racial Injustice in Portland on June 2, 2020 (10,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Ashland on Jan. 21, 2017 (8,000 attendees)

A 1.3-mile protest route in Portland, Oregon, was packed with at least 70,000 participants of the Women’s March on Jan. 21, 2017, according to The Oregonian. The march was rooted in showing support for women’s rights but also extended to other civil rights issues, such as racial justice.

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Pennsylvania

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 1,241
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 360,375 (2,817 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Philadelphia on Jan. 21, 2017 (50,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Pittsburgh on Jan. 21, 2018 (30,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Pittsburgh on March 24, 2018 (30,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Pittsburgh on Jan. 21, 2017 (25,000 attendees)
--- #5. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Philadelphia on March 24, 2018 (15,000 attendees)

Around 30,000 people in Pittsburgh and 15,000 people in Philadelphia turned out for the March for Our Lives demonstrations in January 2018. Largely led by students, the events were aimed at ending gun violence and increasing gun control.

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Rhode Island

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 133
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 31,756 (3,005 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Providence on Jan. 21, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #1. Racial Injustice in State Capitol, Providence on June 5, 2020 (5,000 attendees)
--- #3. Guns in State Capitol, Providence on Jan. 23, 2020 (1,250 attendees)
--- #4. Immigration in State House, Providence on Jan. 29, 2017 (1,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Providence on Jan. 20, 2018 (1,000 attendees)

Thousands of people showed up in Providence, Rhode Island, in June for a Black Lives Matter rally, triggered by police killings of Black people across the country. It was the second large protest in the city that week, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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South Carolina

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 341
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 64,809 (1,308 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Education in State House, Columbia on May 1, 2019 (10,000 attendees)
--- #2. Racial Injustice in State Capitol, Columbia on Jan. 20, 2020 (10,000 attendees)
--- #3. Racial Injustice in Clemson on June 13, 2020 (3,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Columbia on Jan. 21, 2017 (3,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Charleston on Jan. 21, 2017 (2,000 attendees)

Around 10,000 people—largely teachers wearing red shirts—took to the state house in Columbia, South Carolina, May 1, 2019, to call for increased pay for educators and improvements in working conditions. State Sen. Mike Fanning called it “the largest gathering of teachers in the history of South Carolina.”

 

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South Dakota

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 86
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 15,073 (1,744 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Sioux Falls on Jan. 21, 2017 (3,300 attendees)
--- #2. Racial Injustice in Sioux Falls on May 31, 2020 (3,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Sioux Falls on Jan. 20, 2018 (2,500 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Rapid City on Jan. 21, 2017 (1,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Sioux Falls on Jan. 19, 2019 (700 attendees)

Women’s rights was the theme of four out of the five largest protests in South Dakota over the last few years. Thousands showed up for the Women’s Marches of 2017 and 2018 in Rapid City and Sioux Falls.

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Tennessee

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 462
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 161,010 (2,421 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Nashville on Jan. 21, 2017 (15,000 attendees)
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Nashville on Jan. 20, 2018 (15,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Knoxville on Jan. 21, 2018 (14,000 attendees)
--- #4. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Nashville on March 24, 2018 (10,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights in Kingsport on Sep. 7, 2019 (10,000 attendees)

Downtown Kingsport, Tennessee, was filled with around 10,000 rainbow-clad demonstrators for its TriPride 2019, an LGBTQ+ event. The revelers were met by a handful of protesters who mainly stayed in a special designated area for opponents, according to local news outlets.

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Texas

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 1,241
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 1.1 million (3,990 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Racial Injustice (Martin Luther King Jr.) in San Antonio on Jan. 15, 2018 (300,000 attendees)
--- #1. Racial Injustice in San Antonio on Jan. 21, 2019 (300,000 attendees)
--- #3. Racial Injustice in Pittman-Sullivan Park, San Antonio on Jan. 20, 2020 (100,000 attendees)
--- #4. Racial Injustice in Houston on June 5, 2020 (60,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Austin on Jan. 21, 2017 (40,000 attendees)

Some 300,000 people attended the 50th annual march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 15, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, according to local news outlets. One local newspaper called it “one of the nation’s largest celebrations of diversity.”

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Utah

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 305
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 72,992 (2,397 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Park City on Jan. 21, 2017 (6,000 attendees)
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Salt Lake City on Jan. 23, 2017 (6,000 attendees)
--- #1. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Salt Lake City on March 24, 2018 (6,000 attendees)
--- #4. Environment (National Monument/Park) in Salt Lake City on Dec. 2, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #5. Environment in Salt Lake City on July 27, 2017 (3,000 attendees)

Heavy snowfall wasn’t enough to keep thousands of women’s rights activists away from the Women’s March in Salt Lake City Jan. 23, 2017. While other Women’s Marches around the country took place a few days earlier, Utah’s event was set to coincide with the first day of the state’s legislative session.

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Vermont

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 254
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 56,210 (8,994 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Montpelier on Jan. 21, 2017 (15,000 attendees)
--- #2. Environment (People's Climate March) in Montpelier on April 29, 2017 (3,000 attendees)
--- #3. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Montpelier on March 24, 2018 (2,500 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Montpelier on Jan. 20, 2018 (2,000 attendees)
--- #5. Immigration (Families Belong Together) in Burlington on June 30, 2018 (2,000 attendees)

Vermont State Police were forced to close exits off an interstate highway when a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people turned out for the Women’s March Jan. 21, 2017. Sen. Bernie Sanders made a surprise appearance at the event, where he delivered a speech.

 

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Virginia

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 691
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 112,230 (1,334 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Guns in State Capitol, Richmond on Jan. 20, 2020 (22,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights in Richmond on April 3, 2019 (6,000 attendees)
--- #3. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Richmond on March 24, 2018 (5,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Roanoke on Jan. 21, 2017 (3,500 attendees)
--- #5. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Norfolk on March 24, 2018 (3,000 attendees)

A pro-gun rally drew around 22,000 people from across the nation to Virginia’s capital in January 2020, according to the Associated Press. Many of the protesters carried military-style rifles and wore camouflage and tactical gear.

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Washington

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 965
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 394,084 (5,403 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Seattle on Jan. 21, 2017 (120,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Seattle on March 24, 2018 (25,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Olympia on Jan. 21, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Seattle on Jan. 20, 2018 (10,000 attendees)
--- #5. Racial Injustice in City Hall, Seattle on June 3, 2020 (10,000 attendees)

A crowd of more than 120,000 people rallied in Seattle streets to show solidarity with the national Women’s March Jan. 21, 2017, according to the Associated Press and KOMO News. The rally was an effort to show support for feminism, racial equality, human rights, and social justice.

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Washington DC

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 446
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 1.4 million (208,922 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Washington on Jan. 21, 2017 (725,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Washington on March 24, 2018 (200,000 attendees)
--- #3. Environment (People's Climate March) in Washington on April 29, 2017 (150,000 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Anti-Abortion) in Washington on Jan. 19, 2018 (100,000 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Freedom Plaza, Washington on Jan. 19, 2019 (60,000 attendees)

The National Mall in Washington D.C. was flooded with a sea of pink-clad protesters for the Women’s March Jan. 21, 2017. The event began with a rally for women’s rights and turned into a march from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument.

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West Virginia

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 223
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 29,138 (1,593 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Executive in Huntington on Aug. 3, 2017 (9,000 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Charleston on Jan. 21, 2017 (2,500 attendees)
--- #3. Education (Funding) in Charleston on Feb. 16, 2018 (2,000 attendees)
--- #4. Immigration in State Capitol, Charleston on Feb. 5, 2017 (1,000 attendees)
--- #5. Education (Funding) in Charleston on Feb. 17, 2018 (1,000 attendees)

At least 2,000 protesters, most of whom were teachers, took part in an education-themed rally at West Virginia’s Capitol Feb. 16, 2018. The boisterous demonstrators, who were outside and calling for increased support for teachers and schools, could reportedly be heard within the state house chambers.

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Wisconsin

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 545
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 183,733 (3,180 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Madison on Jan. 21, 2017 (75,000 attendees)
--- #2. Guns (March for Our Lives) in Milwaukee on March 24, 2018 (12,000 attendees)
--- #3. Immigration in Milwaukee on Feb. 13, 2017 (10,000 attendees)
--- #4. Other (March for Science) in Madison on April 22, 2017 (5,000 attendees)
--- #5. Other (March for Science) in Milwaukee on April 22, 2017 (2,000 attendees)

The Women’s March in Madison, Wisconsin, may have drawn as many as 100,000 people Jan. 21, 2017. The feminist-focused event was triggered in response to President Trump’s inauguration.

 

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Wyoming

- Total protests, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 103
- Total protest attendees, Jan. 2017 to June 2020: 10,464 (1,798 attendees per 100,000 people)
- Protests with the most attendees:
--- #1. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Cheyenne on Jan. 21, 2017 (1,200 attendees)
--- #2. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Jackson Hole on Jan. 21, 2017 (1,000 attendees)
--- #3. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Cheyenne on Jan. 20, 2018 (750 attendees)
--- #4. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Cody on Jan. 21, 2017 (450 attendees)
--- #5. Civil Rights (Women's March) in Casper on Jan. 21, 2017 (400 attendees)

All five of the biggest protests in Wyoming’s recent history were related to the Women’s Marches of 2017 and 2018. These demonstrations were intended to show support for women’s rights and other equality issues.

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