Thousands march through Riverwest in solidarity with national Women's March movement

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jan 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-22 08:52:24-05
MILWAUKEE - Hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets in the nation's capitol and other cities including Milwaukee.
Their mission: to tell President Donald Trump they won't let his agenda go unchallenged. 
The turnout was so big in Washington, organizers had to scrap plans for a formal march to the White House, but in the Riverwest Neighborhood in Milwaukee, a peaceful march through the streets went off without a hitch. 
"Those words that we were saying, have so much power, that language piece too is really getting the message out," Abraham Ortiz said. 
Abraham Ortiz said that's why he created a sign with a message of inclusion. 
"It's says 'si se puede, somos humanos.' It's yes we can and we are human," Ortiz said. "It is a women's march, but it was more about standing in solidarity with all people, not just women."
Ortiz's sentiment was echoed among his peers, especially those asking for empathy in a country they feel has grown increasingly divided. 
"I think in building strong community we need to be empathetic," Allison Dikanovic said."[We need to] get to know other people's struggle and how we can support each other in those struggle."
The women's rally in Riverwest was also a part of Femfest --an annual festival and fundraiser in the Riverwest community celebrating women through music and poetry. 

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