Women’s March in San Luis Obispo
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Update, 1:30 p.m.
More than 7,000 people took part in the Women’s March in San Luis Obispo on Saturday morning, according to the city of San Luis Obispo.
“Throughout the day, you will see many men and women in uniform and from agencies around the county. Know that we respect your right to assemble and that we are here to ensure the safety of everyone here today,” San Luis Obispo police Chief Cantrell told the crowd.
The city described the event as peaceful in its news release, saying that the event’s orderliness was the result of “careful planning and coordination” with Women’s March organizers, city staff and law enforcement from Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, the county Sheriff’s Office, CHP and others.
Update, 12:30 p.m.
People are again gathering back at Mitchell Park after the Women’s March through downtown San Luis Obispo. Events are scheduled to end about 2 p.m. after speeches and musical performances.
Before the march started, a Women’s March organzer told the crowd that more than 7,000 people had signed up to march Saturday morning. On Wednesday, that number was 5,000.
Update, 11:20 a.m.
The march through downtown San Luis Obispo from Mitchell Park has begun.
Men also came out to take part in the Women’s March. Tony Salome of Los Osos said he’s marching for his wife, Randon Pool.
“You have a woman in your life ... you might disagree with our politics ... but that’s a common thread,” Salome said, saying respect for all is key.
Here’s video from the march taken about 11 a.m.
Update, 10:55 a.m.: March in Cambria
Between 90 and 100 people turned out at the Cambria Veterans Memorial Building on a dreary morning for a march that was organized relatively late for those who couldn’t make it to San Luis Obispo. The march began about 9:45 a.m. and down the sidewalk on Main Street toward the East Village.
Those participating in the march included Cambria Community Services District board President Amanda Rice, CCSD director Harry Farmer and “Pay it Forward” author Catherine Ryan Hyde. Rice and North Coast Advisory Council member Mary Webb gathered the participants on the vets hall before the march.
“I think we’re getting over 90 people who wouldn’t make it to SLO,” said Webb, holding a megaphone as she helped direct marchers across Cambria Drive, stopping them at intervals to let cars pass.
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Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of San Luis Obispo on Saturday to participate in the Women’s March San Luis Obispo.
The event’s goal is to spread “a positive message of hope and unity” by standing up for women’s rights, civil rights, and for those who are afraid for their health and safety as a result of the November election, event organizers said.
The day’s events begin with a 10 a.m. rally at Mitchell Park, which will be followed by a less than 1-mile march beginning and ending at Mitchell Park.
The San Luis Obispo march is being held along with a series of women’s marches planned across the United States. The largest is being held in Washington, D.C.
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