Ahead of the 2017 inauguration of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president and the Women’s March in D.C., we reached out online to find Californians who were attending either event. We wanted to learn about their plans and why they were making the cross-country trip to be there in person.

The responses? There were about 100, mostly from people attending the march. There were activists — including those focused on human, immigrant and women’s rights as well as on climate change — and Trump supporters. There were grandparents, millennials and many Gen Xers, among others, who had a story to share — and here are some of them.

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