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More than 45,000 March in Austin in Support of Women and Family Rights

By on January 21, 2017 in Central Texas, Featured, Health News Texas with 0 Comments
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More than 45,000 men, women and children of all ages crowded into downtown Austin on a bright Saturday afternoon for the Women’s March on Austin. Photo: Ed Lallo/Lallo Photography

by Ed Lallo/HealthNewsTexas

More than 45,000 men, women and children of all ages crowded into downtown Austin on a bright Saturday afternoon for the Women’s March on Austin. They joined together in solidarity for the protection of civil rights, safety and health of women and families around Texas, as well as across the country.

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Streets were so packed with people; many chose to stand on the sidewalks to cheer on fellow marchers. Photo: Ed Lallo/Lallo Photography

In the early hours marchers from across Texas began assembling at the Capitol steps for a 12PM walk down Congress Ave towards 6th Street, then back again north to the on Lavaca to gather on the South Lawn to hear advocates, artists, and thought leaders from across the state for an emotional and uplifting day.

More than two hours after the start of the march, supporters women’s rights continued to line up to walk the approximate 1.5 miles through the streets of downtown Austin. Streets were so packed with people; many chose to stand on the sidewalks to cheer on fellow marchers.

Austin joined other cities across the country who walking in solidarity. In Washington D. C. hundreds of thousands of people swarmed the Capitol where the day before the day Donald Trump took the oath of office of the President of the United States. The crowds spilled from the Capitol grounds onto the surrounding streets.

Planned Parenthood is joined as a “key partner” for the march, and Gloria Steinem and Harry Belafonte will served as honorary co-chairs.

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Protestors flew flags upside down, signaling dire distress and extreme danger to life or property. Photo: Ed Lallo/Lallo Photography.

“This is an historic moment to come together to protect the progress we’ve made,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said in a statement. “We will send a strong message to the incoming administration that millions of people across this country are prepared to fight attacks on reproductive health care, abortion services, and access to Planned Parenthood, as they intersect with the rights of young people, people of color, immigrants, and people of all faiths, backgrounds, and incomes.”

The D.C March drew far more star power than Trump’s inauguration, which wasn’t able to attract big-name performers. The Women’s March boasted a lineup of speakers, performers and attendees that included Gloria Steinem, actress Scarlett Johansson, singers Janelle Monáe and Madonna and filmmaker Michael Moore.

“This is the upside of the downside. This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy like I have never seen in my very long life,” Steinem told the cheering crowd. “It is wide in age, it is deep in diversity, and remember, the Constitution does not begin with ‘I the president,’ it begins with, ‘We the people.’ So don’t try to divide us!”

The Austin program includes speeches from former Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, Texas House Rep. Senfronia Thompson and speaker and author Lizzie Velasquez. The grassroots effort was produced by Women Rising and Taylor Collective Solutions and included partner organizations such as Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Texas Freedom Network, Progress Texas and Annie’s List.


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