Midland Women's March: 'We need to show there is diversity in this area'

Dozens gather near Midland Park Mall for Demonstration of Solidarity

MIDLAND, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - Saturday thousands across Texas gathered at the Statehouse for the Women's March on Austin.

Police had to block off streets in the downtown district and around the State Capitol.

This is one of several "Sister Marches" across the country joining the Women's March on Washington.

The event kicking off in Washington D.C. Saturday morning in hopes of alerting president Donald Trump that they expect his administration to fight for women's rights.

An estimated two-hundred thousand marchers gathered in Washington some protesting President Trump, and hot-topic issues including, women's rights, gender equality, minority equality, LGBT rights, and discrimination.

Demonstrations also erupting in the Basin Saturday working toward the same goal.

Close to one-hundred protesters gathered at the Midland Park Mall to share their message for the need of equality and diversity not only in West Texas but worldwide.

"I have to stand up for my neighbor, for my neighbor to stand up for me, that's what it's all about, we all stand up for each other." said Odessa resident  and protester Karen Howard-Winters.

Sidewalk protesters held signs with messages of unity and disapproval for President Trump.

They say these issues need to be heard not only at the Women's March on Washington but here in the Basin.

"This is Midland, this is a very conservative area, we need to show that there is diversity in this area." said protester Melinda Naumann.

While many joined in line to protest President Trump some said their message is much larger than one man.

"I don't think it's about the new President, I don't think it's about that at all. I think it's about people kinda beginning to figure out that we are better and stronger together and we probably should be out more and talking more." said Protester Keith Bial Jr.

Some passerby's stopped to show their disapproval for a cause they said they didn't understand causing them to debate with protesters.

Two men in a black truck spoke with protesters in a heated, non-violent debate on the purpose of the protest.

One man saying, "Everyone is equal, it's America, Everyone is equal."

He got a quick response with a loud, "No! Some are more equal than others." from a female Protester.

The two men later passed the crowd of protesters slowing down, the driver revved the engine of the truck they were in expelling a large cloud of black exhaust into the crowd while laughing.

One of the Protesters Emily Wright-Magoon says she expected this kind of resistance from passerby's, she had this message for the many of people that passed by yelling vulgar words of disapproval.

"Even if you disagree with us, we hope that you will work to have your response come from love and kindness so that we don't have further division in our society."

Organizers say because of the response they received today they plan to have more gatherings like this in the near future.

For more information on these demonstrations you can visit, www.Facebook.com/MidlandTXSisterMarch


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