Thousands of people make their voices heard at Eugene Women's March
EUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of men and women hit the streets of Eugene on Saturday afternoon to participate in one of the hundreds of events held across the country to march in support of the 2nd Annual Women’s March.
The group 'Indivisible Eugene' sponsored the march that began with a rally on the steps of the U.S. Courthouse before marching through the downtown area, but not before they heard from U.S. Rep. Peter Defazio via telephone.
"Some of our worst nightmares have become reality, which only underlines the need to march again this year. We're showing our strength in numbers," Defazio said from his desk in Washington D.C.
He urged thousands of marchers to keep up the fight.
“Resist. Resist,” he said.
After speeches from Planned Parenthood and the NAACP Youth Council, the marchers took to the streets.
This year’s theme was “Power to the Polls,” which called for a massive turnout for the November midterm elections.
Women of all ages and backgrounds joined together for different reasons.
"I wanted to bring my daughter for her to see democracy in action,” said Amy McCormick. “We're particularly upset about how immigrants are being treated in our country. So we're really here to march for immigrant’s rights, as well as women's rights and health care.”
Some marchers just wanted to have their voice heard and express their disappointment with President Donald Trump. Some were happy with strides women have made since 2017’s march.
“Across the country, and especially on a local level there’s been a lot more elections won by women and minorities,” said Megan Wagner.
Restaurant owner Wendy Watson said the #MeToo movement has really helped get a conversation started about differences.
“I hope I never have to march again,” Watson said. “That will mean we’re getting somewhere.”
Event organizers estimated 5,000 - 7,000 people attended the march. Eugene Police estimated 3,000-4,000.