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America Ferrera: ‘Our new president is waging a war’

Actress America Ferrera was the first to take the stage at the Women’s March, where she declared that “our new president is waging a war” on the values that define the country with “a credo of hate fear and suspicion of one another.”

“It’s been a heart-rending time to be both a woman and an immigrant,” said Ferrera, whose parents are from Honduras. “Our dignity, our character, our rights have been under attack.”

“A platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday,” she continued. “But the president is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America.”

She said opponents of Trump have to unite and not be distracted by disagreements: “Together we will fight, we will resist … we are every single one of us under attack. Our safety, our freedoms are on the chopping block and we are the only ones who can protect each other.”

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The U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony this week in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday during an inauguration that’s expected to draw between 700,000 and 900,000 people. Security officials said there are 63 demonstration groups, pro and con, also expected Friday. Follow our liveblog for updates through this afternoon’s inaugural parade.