JAMESTOWN – Dozens of people marched in support of women’s rights in what organizers say was the first event of it’s kind in Jamestown over the weekend.
The group took part in a nationally coordinated event Saturday standing up to the recently passed Texas Abortion Law. They also raised awareness to the U.S. Supreme Court’s case docket, where justices are slated to address the issue during their fall session; as local organizer Danica Olson explained.
“The national women’s march movement was actually started in 2017,” explained Olson. “We organized in January of 2017 to fight against Donald Trump having won the election and his treatment of women.”
Both men and women marched in support of the topic, including area activist Justin Hubbard.
“I think it is important to empower women. Especially right now, with certain things that are going on, especially in the state of Texas and other states,” stated Hubbard. “Women are losing their right to choose what happens to their bodies.”
In addition to area residents, elected officials and those vying for political office took part, which pleased Olson, with her saying policy change starts local.
“We did get a message from (Mayor) Eddie Sundquist wishing us well. He’s out of town right now but supports the fact that we are growing and getting all of this together,” said Olson.
While the event holders hope there is no need for future events, they say they will always stand up for all oppression. In total, over 160 walks took place nationwide.