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Race, feminism and an urban hostile takeover drive potential record-setting event

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Women demonstrated Dec. 3 in downtown Portland during the Portland Women March Against Hate. This Saturday, tens of thousands from around the region are expected at the Women's March on Portland. If Saturday's Women's March on Portland draws the expected 30,000 or more participants, it could be the biggest demonstration the city has ever seen.

And it almost didn't happen.

The real story behind the march isn't completely known even to its lead organizer, but in many ways it is a familiar one.

The march is a reaction to the election of Donald Trump, and nearly all of the forces at work to upset politics in the 2016 presidential race were also in play in organizing the Portland march: social media, race, gender, the urban-rural divide, generational concepts of feminism and, most of all, lots of people feeling like they weren't being heard.

Like so many stories in our modern American discourse, how you see it depends on where you are standing.

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