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The Latest: De Niro, Moore join hundreds at Trump protest

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/20/2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the pre-inauguration demonstration by actors and others in New York (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

City mayors, actors and hundreds of New Yorkers have gathered outside a Donald Trump building for a pre-inauguration demonstration.

Organizers said the Thursday event outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower near Central Park was meant to express concern about the president-elect's plans.

Director Michael Moore urged the crowd to regularly call their representatives in Congress, giving out a switchboard number.

The mayors of New York City and Minneapolis also joined the rally.

Actor Alec Baldwin, who portrays an exaggerated Trump on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," briefly did his impression for the crowd. He says Americans wary of Trump's policies should become more civically involved.

Trump is in Washington, D.C. His swearing-in ceremony is Friday.

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3:45 p.m.

Robert De Niro, Sally Field and others plan to join the mayors of New York and Minneapolis to rally cities to chart their own course on health care, climate change and other issues during Republican Donald Trump's administration.

Organizers of the Thursday demonstration, set in New York on the eve of Trump's presidential inauguration, say they expect thousands of people, including a growing list of actors, musicians and dignitaries. Greenpeace, Planned Parenthood and MoveOn.org are also involved.

Actor Mark Ruffalo says in a statement that communities across the country have the "power to protect people and the environment" and to unite to oppose what participants see as harmful policies Trump may advance.

Demonstrators will gather in front of Trump International Hotel and Tower in Manhattan.

Trump takes office Friday.

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