US liberals have hit the streets of Washington DC for the One Nation march – their own event to counter the conservatives, who held a rally in the same place five weeks ago.
Organisers want to galvanise support for traditional liberal interests, like employment, education and civil rights.
Addressing the crowd was Reverend Al Sharpton: “We need jobs. We’ve bailed out the banks. We’ve bailed out the insurance companies. Now it’s time to bail out the American people.”
It was also a chance for liberals unhappy with President Obama’s progress, to voice their concerns. They’re dissatisfied with issues like healthcare and the war in Afghanistan.
“Let them know, we are here. We have a voice. We voted for you. We voted you in, we can vote you out too,” said one woman on the march.
Congressional elections take place next month and organisers hope an event like this will increase support for the Democrats, who are struggling in the polls.