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Organizers: 50,000 people attend Women's March at Capitol

Organizers for the Women's March on Austin said they had more than 50,000 people attend the march in downtown Austin Saturday. Austin Police said the participants filled more than 20 downtown city blocks.

Organizers said their event’s intention is to peacefully stand for the protection of human rights, safety and health for all people.

The Austin event was a sister march to one also taking place in the nation’s capital Saturday: The Women’s March on Washington, as well as others around the globe.

Organizers of both events said that they want to alert the incoming administration of President Donald Trump that they expect America’s elected leaders to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities.

"This march isn't about being anti-Trump," says lead organizer Melissa Fiero. "It's about being part of a historic social movement and sending a bold message that women's rights are human rights."

“I don’t want to go backwards for the next four years, we all want to go forward with what we had," attendee Nancy Molbert said.

“The last march I was in, was 1968 the Anti Vietnam peace march in Washington, D.C. This works," Molbert said.

Other women also talked about how it was powerful hearing the yelling and chanting. Another said it was a relief seeing so many people who feel the same way. Another talked about how it made her proud to be a woman.

The Austin program concluded with speeches from former Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, Texas House Rep. Senfronia Thompson and speaker and author Lizzie Velasquez.

“Well I don’t know about you my fellow nasty women warriors, but I have had enough of that," Davis said, using a quote from President Donald Trump to reference unequal pay for women.

Davis wore her same sneakers she wore during her famous filibuster in 2013 fighting for abortion rights.

This grassroots effort is produced by Women Rising and Taylor Collective Solutions and includes partner organizations such as Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Texas Freedom Network, Progress Texas and Annie's List.

The Women's March on Austin is one of nearly 300 sister marches happening around the world to take place on Jan. 21, with the potential to exceed a million participants, organizers said.

For more information, visit marchonaustin.com or facebook.com/womensmarchonaustin

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