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America Ferrera Gave An Impassioned Speech At The Women’s March On Washington

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Photo courtesy of Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

“We are America, and we are here to stay”

Cities around the world have become seas of pink as women, men, and children take to the streets in protest of President Donald Trump. The largest such gathering is at the Women's March on Washington, where as many as 500,000 people are expected to descend on the nation's capital by day's end. In attendance was America Ferrera, who joined celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Alicia Keys, and Katy Perry on stage to speak to the crowds. 

“It’s been a heartrending time to be both a woman and an immigrant in this country,” she told the masses. “Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack, and a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday.”

Ferrera, who nearly quit acting to become a full-time activist, directed her words directly at the president, saying he "is not America."

 “His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America, and we are here to stay,” she added. 

“We march today for our families and our neighbors, for our future, for the causes we claim and for the causes that claim us. We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new president is waging a war," Ferrera continued. "He would like us to forget the words, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,’ and instead, take up a credo of hate, fear and suspicion of one another. But we are gathered here and across the country and around the world today to say Mr. Trump, we refuse. We reject the demonization of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We demand an end to the systemic murder and incarceration to our black brothers and sisters. We will not give up our right to safe and legal abortions. We will not ask our LGBTQ families to go backwards. We will not go from being a nation of immigrants to a nation of ignorance. We won’t build walls and we won’t see the worst in each other. And we will not turn our backs on the more than 750,000 young immigrants currently protected by DACA. They are hardworking, upstanding, courageous individuals who refuse to live in the shadow of fear and isolation. They bravely took to the streets to declare themselves and to provide a voice and hope for their community. Today, we march with and for them. Together we, all of us, will fight, resist, and oppose every single action that threatens the lives and dignity of any and all of our communities.”

Earlier in the day, Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for the millions of people marching all over the world. "Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values @womensmarch. Important as ever," she wrote. "I truly believe we're always Stronger Together."

Watch America Ferrera's full speech above.