Women March to be Heard

Photo by: Ram Reyes

Nearly 2,000 people gathered on Nees and Blackstone avenues in Fresno on Jan. 21, joining millions of marchers in hundreds of cities around the world to stand up for women’s rights. With the backing of 36 different organizations, men, women and children, wearing pink hats, stood on all four corners of the intersection armed with signs and balloons. The march remained largely peaceful, lasting from 2 to 4 p.m.  The demonstrators began marching along the sidewalks down Blackstone Avenue to El Paso, then turned around back to Nees. Peace Fresno distributed signs which displayed messages of justice, women’s rights, immigration rights and climate change. Demonstrators broke into chants as they marched. Claudia Chavez, a Fresno City College student, said the march was about inclusion. It’s important for women’s rights. It’s important for climate change,” Chavez said.  “It’s for colors, gays and everyone.” Kathy Brass, president of the National Women’s Caucus of Fresno, said she marched to make sure women continue to make gains in the way of equal rights.  “We want to make sure Trump hears all voices not just those of the high and mighty,” Brass said. “It’s important to let people know that we need to be heard.”