Kalamazoo Women's March organizers: this isn't just about denouncing the President
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Kalamazoo is joining a nationwide movement calling for female empowerment and equality.
Over the weekend, millions have come out in support of the Women's March around the globe, taking a stand on political and social injustice.
Sunday afternoon, Kalamazoo will continue the demonstrations right here in West Michigan.
Organizers tell Newschannel 3 about 1,300 women, men and children are expected at the local Women's March.
The movement started last year in New York City and Washington D.C. as a reaction to the presidential election.
Kalamazoo and communities across the country adopted the march to express concerns surrounding local and national governments.
This year, organizers in Kalamazoo said they are also using the time to not only call for equality among genders and race, but as a time to encourage people to get registered to vote. They said they will be advising voters to prepare for the midterm election later this year.
While the movement started in reaction to President Trump's election, organizers said the goal is not to just denounce him.
"[It's] also a reminder for what's beautiful about our country and our society and that that still exists," said Michele Richards, who organized this year's Kalamazoo Women's March. "It may not be exemplified by our president and his administration, but it certainly is still alive and well in the people of the United States."
The Kalamazoo Women's March will start near the flag circle on Western Michigan University's campus near Sangren Hall, and then move to Bronson Park and end back at WMU. It runs from 1 until 3 p.m.