Men, women and children participated in the 2017 Women’s March in Downtown San Luis Obispo
– This morning an estimated 10,000 people, according to KSBY, including men, women and children, joined together peacefully to march in the streets just one day after the presidential inauguration. This is an impressive number of participants if you consider that there are only about 45,000 residents in San Luis Obispo. Participants included city and county residents, and visitors.
The Happiest Place in America crew was at the event and captured the below photos. Editor-in-Chief Veronica Rains Dailey was there with her 5-year-old daughter to celebrate equality, freedom, civil rights and appreciation of the true American spirit.
“It was an amazing experience to be with my community this morning in the rain, dancing and marching in the streets, sharing kind words and smiles, and demonstrating how important to us our American freedoms are,” said Dailey.
Surprisingly, the San Luis Obispo Women’s March was not covered by the national media or included in any round-up photos outside of the local area.
It was originally anticipated that only several hundred participants would march. The SLO City police decided just days before the event that they would need more enforcement than planned to protect citizens during the event when 7,800 people ended up registering to attend the event, according to KSBY. There were over 100 police officers at the event.
Speakers at the 2017 San Luis Obispo Women’s March included the San Luis Obispo City Police Chief Deanna Cantrell and Keynote Speaker Erica Flores Baltodano Esq., a Civil Rights Activist and Employment Attorney.
Cities around the world held similar Women’s Marches, including Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago.
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