Nearly a thousand march in Grand Junction

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The day after the presidential inauguration, millions of people marched across the country and the world, raising awareness for women’s rights and civil rights.

Nearly a thousand women, men, and children also showed their support in Grand Junction.

“Stand up against racism, stand up against hate," said Gail Houseweart, who marched in downtown Grand Junction. “Equality and do the right thing.”

The Women’s March in Washington turned into a nationwide effort, with marches in large cities and small towns alike. While the march was not billed as an anti-Trump protest, many said they marched in rebuke of President Donald Trump.

“It shows the shows this isn't just a women's issue, this is an issue for everyone...this is something that we all need to do, and stand by and be a part of," said Houseweart.

Local organizations teamed up for the event.

"We have a lot of support, we, the women of the community, and the Muslims and the Hispanics, there is a lot of support in this community," said Mary Beth Pyle, one of the organizers.

People marched through Main Street holding signs, wearing shirts with slogans supporting a variety of causes, and chanting words of support.

“I am proud to be a woman today, it's such an honor," said Houseweart. "this is tops with having my children, this is one of my most proud moments in my life."

The day not only focused on women, but on civil rights including equal pay, environmental issues, and many other topics.

“We've always known these people were out here but didn't always speak up, so today was their chance to show they support us," said Pyle.

While Grand Junction's march was peaceful in nature, others turned violent. Local organizers said they wanted to make sure that didn’t happen on the Western Slope.

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