Signs sent powerful messages during protests across the nation in 2017

Protests were prominent in 2017 with people fighting for issues they felt strongly about, including women's rights and Trump's presidency.

Their signs provided a simple, yet powerful way for protesters to convey their thoughts and views. They were bright-colored and bold-lettered. They were one-word phrases and fully formed thoughts. They resisted. They supported. They defended. They told the stories of people of all races, religions, creeds, sexual orientations, political views and genders.

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Powerful signs from protests throughout 2017
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Powerful signs from protests throughout 2017
Marianne Nepsund, 29, from New York, holds a sign as she participates in the Women's March on Washington, following the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: A demonstrator holds up a sign of Vladimir Putin during an anti-Trump 'March for Truth' rally on June 3, 2017 in New York City. Rallies and marches are taking place across the country to call for urgent investigation into possible Russian interference in the U.S. election and ties to U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
People participate in the International Women's Day "Day Without a Women" anti-Trump protest in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
UNITED STATES - APRIL 15: People gather for the Tax March rally on the west lawn of the Capitol to call on President Trump to release his tax returns, April 15, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: Demonstrators rally outside the Federal Communication Commission building to protest against the end of net neutrality rules December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lead by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the commission is expected to do away with Obama Administration rules that prevented internet service providers from creating differnt levels of service and blocking or promoting individual companies and organizations on their systems. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest in front of the White House after the Trump administration today scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that protects from deportation almost 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children, in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Activists hold signs during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump outside of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 15, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A protester walks outside Trump Tower in New York City, U.S., August 14, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Members and supporters of the National Action Network participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee in New York City, U.S. January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban in New York City, U.S., February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Ilan Bachrach holds a sign protesting the presidency of U.S. President Donald Trump on the steps of Federal Hall during a snow fall in New York, U.S., January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 14: A man holds up a sign during a protest against racism gathered in front of the White House, on August 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Today President Trump called out white nationalist groups by name following heavy criticism that his initial statement did not condemn racist groups that rallied in Charlottesville last weekend. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 16: Demonstrators protest outside the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on March 16, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstrators were protesting the revised travel ban that the administration of President Donald Trump was trying to implement. The ban, which would restrict travel from six predominantly Muslim countries, was supposed to be instituted today but was halted yesterday by a federal judge in Hawaii. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 24: Demonstrators gather near Trump Tower to celebrate the defeat of President Donald Trump's revision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. After failing to get enough support within their own party, House Republican leaders pulled the legislation to repeal the ACA from consideration today. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Gary Snow of Jacksonville, Florida, a supporter of US.President Donald Trump, stages a lone vigil against anti-government protesters during a rally at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017. / AFP / Gregg Newton / Gregg Newton (Photo credit should read GREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 21: Predominently women participants demonstrate in front of the United States Embassy and Brandenburg Gate one day after the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump on January 21, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Demonstrators are holding protests around the world in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, held against policies they consider counter to women's interests including Trump's admitted sexual misconduct and ongoing sexual assault allegations against him, as well as denial of equal pay and threats to women's health and reproductive rights. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Demonstrators gather outside the location where Richard Spencer, an avowed white nationalist and spokesperson for the so-called alt-right movement, is delivering a speech on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, U.S., October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
WESTPORT, CT - MARCH 26: People listen to speakers during an afternoon rally and march to protest against the policies and presidency of Donald Trump on March 26, 2017 in Westport, Connecticut. Over 2,000 people marched through the small and wealthy Connecticut town with many carrying flags and signs critical of Trump. The event was organized by the Westport Democratic Town Committee and DefenDemocracy, a grassroots organization founded by Westport women. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 19: Demonstrators gather at the site of a planned speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at the University of Florida campus on October 19, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. A state of emergency was declared on Monday by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to allow for increased law enforcement due to fears of violence. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 05: Proponents of net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute before his arrival May 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Appointed to the commission by President Barack Obama in 2012, Pai was elevated to the chairmanship of the FCC by U.S. President Donald Trump in January. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A women demanding action by the federal government on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protests with a small group in downtown San Diego, California, U.S., December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 09: Dreamers fill the halls and atrium during a protest inside of the Hart Senate Office Building on November 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Dreamers were protesting to urge Senate Republicans to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - 2017/08/30: Activists rallied in Columbus Circle and marched from there to Trump Tower in protest of President Donald Trump's possible elimination of the Obama-era 'Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals' (DACA) which curtails deportation of an estimated 800,000 undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest calling for the removal of the statue of Confederate General Albert Pike in Washington, U.S., August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A sign honoring car attack victim Heather Heyer covers the name on the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the park formerly dedicated to him, the site of recent violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Fans display a sign that reads 'Racism is as American as Baseball' over the Green Monster during the fourth inning of a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics on September 13, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: A protester holds a sign during a demonstration outside of Zellerbach Hall on the U.C. Berkeley campus on September 14, 2017 in Berkeley, California. Police are out in force as protesters are assembling outside of Zellerbach Hall at U.C. Berkeley where conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro is scheduled to speak. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: A protestor holds up a sign during a rally against the GOP health care plan, on Capitol Hill, July 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. GOP efforts to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, were dealt setbacks when a mix of conservative and moderate Republican senators joined Democrats to oppose procedural measures on the bill. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Demonstrator Annette Lievers carries a sign concerning a recent Trump tweet as she joined about 200 demonstrators before a town hall meeting with Republican US Representative Darrell Issa at a high school in San Juan Capistrano, California, on June 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Bill Wechter (Photo credit should read BILL WECHTER/AFP/Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - FEBRUARY 11: Pro-Life protestor Rose Ann Schienle of Colorado Springs, Colorado holds a sign while demonstrating outside of the Colorado Springs Westside Health Center February 11, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The protest is part of nationwide demonstrations that were held at Planned Parenthood locations in more than 200 cities in an attempt to raise support for restricting women's ability to have abortions in the United States. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Constituents hold signs during a demonstration outside of the Los Angeles office of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on February 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Dozens of constituents of Sen. Feinstein held a demonstration outside of her Los Angeles office to demand that she hold a town hall meeting so the public can voice concerns in the wake of recent actions taken by U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- MARCH 2: A demonstrators holds a sign during a protest outside the Department of Justice to call for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions March 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Sessions is under fire for his contact with a Russian Diplomat during the 2016 Presidential Campaign. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: With the White House in the foreground, protesters unfurl a banner atop a crane at the construction site of the former Washington Post office building, January 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. The protestors are with the Greenpeace organization. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: A protester takes a picture while holding a sign that reads 'IMPEACH' in downtown Washington following the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Washington and the entire world have watched the transfer of the United States presidency from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, the 45th president. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
People gather for a vigil in response to the death of a counter-demonstrator at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. August 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
People gather for a vigil in response to the death of a counter-demonstrator at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. August 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
A demonstrator holds sign during a rally in response to the Charlottesville, Virginia car attack on counter-protesters after the "Unite the Right" rally organised by white nationalists, in Oakland, California, U.S., August 12, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Demonstrators march in response in response to the Charlottesville, Virginia car attack on counter-protesters after the "Unite the Right" rally organised by white nationalists, in Oakland, California, U.S., August 12, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Nov 30, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Members of the Oklahoma chapter of the American Indian Movement protest the Washington Redskins mascot name during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Fans wave a hand painted sign encouraging players to stand for the national anthem during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New Orleans Saints at New Era Field on November 12, 2017 in Orchard Park, New York. New Orleans defeats Buffalo 47-10. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 29: A Seahawks fan holds a sign referencing a comment made by Houston Texans owner Bob McNair before the game between the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 29, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. During a meeting of NFL owners earlier in October, McNair said 'we can't have the inmates running the prison', referring to player demonstrations during the national anthem. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 29: A Houston Texans fan holds a sign referring to Houston Texans owner Bob McNair's 'inmates' comments before a game between the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 29, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. During a meeting of NFL owners earlier in October, McNair said 'we can't have the inmates running the prison', referring to player demonstrations during the national anthem. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Fans making a statement about the recent national anthem protests during a football game at NRG Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
At the start of the game protestors take a knee in support of the movement started by NFL player Colin Kaepernick, outside Lincoln Financial Field, in South Philadelphia, PA, on September 24, 2017. Similar protest are staged around the nation after US President Donald Trump named Kaepernick a Son of A Bitch at a recent rally. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 18: Demonstrators protest outside of the St. Louis city jail following the arrest of 123 people yesterday protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 18, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. This is the fourth day of protests in the city following the acquittal of Stockley, who had been charged with first-degree murder last year following the 2011 on-duty shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Sophie Lipman poses for a portrait as she protests the not guilty verdict in the murder trial of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Lott
A protester participates in a "Die-In" during a second day of demonstrations after a not guilty verdict in the murder trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, charged with the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., September 16, 2017. Photo taken September 16, 2017. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant
People gather for the Women's March in Washington U.S., January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: A sign seen at the Take Back The Workplace March and #MeToo Survivors March & Rally on November 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: A participant seen at Take Back The Workplace March And #MeToo Survivors March & Rally on November 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/FilmMagic)
Protesters attend a Me Too rally to denounce sexual harassment and assaults of women in Los Angeles, California on November 12, 2017. The rally is inspired by a social media campaign #MeToo which become viral following the allegations of sexual misconduct and rape by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. (Photo by: Ronen Tivony) (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Participants seen at Take Back The Workplace March And #MeToo Survivors March & Rally on November 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/FilmMagic)
View of demonstrators, many with signs, during the Women's March on Washington in front of the United States Capitol building, Washington DC, January 21, 2017. The march took place on the day after Donald Trump's inauguration as 45th President of the United States. Among the visible signs is one which reads 'This Pussy Grabs Back,' a reference to comments Trump made about women which came to light during the campaign. (Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: Dozens of protesters gather in Times Square near a military recruitment center to show their anger at President Donald Trump's decision to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military on July 26, 2017 in New York City. Trump citied the 'tremendous medical costs and disruption' for his decision. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: A man carries a sign referencing First Lady Melania Trump at the #ResistMarch during the 47th annual LA Pride Festival on June 11, 2017, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles and West Hollywood, California. Inspired by the huge women� marches that took place around the world following the inauguration of President Donald Trump and by the early pride demonstrations of the 1970s, LA Pride replaced its decades-old parade with the #ResistMarch protest to promote human rights by marching from Hollywood to West Hollywood. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LGBT members and their supporters take part of the Equality March for Unity & Pride parade in Washington DC, June 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
LGBT members and their supporters take part of the Equality March for Unity & Pride parade in Washington DC, June 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters hold placards and banners as they participate in the March for Science rally on Earth Day, in central Sydney, Australia April 22, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
Thousands of people march though Central London, UK, on Earth Day on 22 April 2017 to protest against what they see as a threat to experts, evidence and investment in science. Protesters assembled at the Science Museum and marched to Parliament Square. The march, a worldwide event, supports science and evidence-based research and was organized in opposition to Donald Trump's environmental and energy policies. (Photo by Jay Shaw Baker/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protestors take part in the 'Tax March' to call on US President Donald Trump to release his tax records on April 15, 2017 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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The year began with one of the most widely attended protests in history. In January, five million people on all seven continents descended upon various locations to participate in the Women's March. The march was held one day after President Donald Trump took office as a show of solidarity for women's rights. Signs at marches in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Sydney, London and Tokyo all had similar messages about feminism, reproductive rights and resistance.

The march was in stark contrast to the protests that took place on inauguration day. Protestors clashed with police, threw rocks and set a limousine on fire as they demonstrated against Trump being sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States. 

In August, white nationalist marchers clashed with counter-protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The event took a deadly turn when investigators say James Fields Jr. plowed his car into the crowd. Heather Heyer was killed and more than a dozen others were injured. Two months later white nationalist Richard Spencer held an event at the University of Florida. Spencer appeared to be greatly outnumbered with counter protestors both inside and outside holding signs that denounced Nazis and the KKK.

A number of decisions made by President Trump and his administration resulted in massive protests over the past 12 months, including the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, his proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military and his travel ban that impacted people from several Muslim-majority countries.

Click through the slideshow above to see signs from many of the other protests held across the nation this past year.

 

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