Thousands show up for Women's March in downtown Reno on Saturday
Volunteers and leaders for this year's "Women's March" say they expected "10,000 women, men and children" to attend this year's event in downtown Reno on Saturday, Jan. 20.
The march followed the same route from the Bruce R. Thompson Federal Building located at the corner of South Virginia and Liberty streets to City Plaza and the BELIEVE sign.
"We plan to have several inspirational speakers, men and women who believe that women's issues today affect us all," commented Matthew Fonken, Women's March Leader. "Many people wanted the new Administration to know that we planned to fight to keep the rights that have been won. This January, there will be even more reasons for citizens to rally and march, as many of those rights have been discarded or eroded."
March organizers said that their goal for the day was clear: empower people to get out and vote. They said that voting is the best tool for citizens to force policy changes on topics that affect their lives.
Assemblywoman Amber Joiner, Assemblywoman Theresa Benitez Thompson, U.S. Congresswoman Jacky Rosen and many more were scheduled to speak during the event.
Lieutenant Scott Shaw with the Reno Police Department estimated that 10-20,000 marchers showed up on Saturday.