Hundreds turn out for Abilene's Sister March downtown


ABILENE, Texas - Organizers said more than 200 people came out to the Sister March in downtown Abilene Saturday afternoon. This march was just one of many Sister Marches across the country inspired by the Women's March in Washington, D.C.

"I want people to know that we're here and that we have voices and that we have rights that should be practiced. We're all human and we all deserve the same basic rights," said protester Avery Hatfield. "We were ready [for the Sister March] ever since we heard about it."

The organizer told us she couldn't attend the Women's March in Washington, D.C. so she took initiative and organized the Sister March in Abilene. Phillips said the purpose of this march is not just about President Donald Trump.

"It's really about the human rights, the women's rights, the civil rights, the prison incarceration issues," said organizer Bethany Phillips. "People are really discouraged right now. There's been a lot of discouragement, division, and fear of what might be in the future. I think there's a lot of people out there that want to work together. We just have to get together."

Posters were held up during the march to spread awareness and promote unity. One of the many protesters told us the meaning behind her poster and why she's here.

Her poster reads, "Women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTO people, diverse religions, make America great."

"It really spoke to me because I love how they used the phrase "Make America Great Again." Also, how [the march] brings together a bunch of people who are feeling oppressed right now," said protester Utther Finau.

Abilene's Sister March also participated in the One at One campaign prompted by the Women's March. Women across the United States took one minute of silence.

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