Houstonians gathered from all over to join together for the second annual Women’s March in Houston. This year’s march was Saturday and as last year we met up at Buffalo Bayou Waterworks Building and then walked to City Hall where there were multiple powerful women speakers. When I first got there with a few friends, it was still early, they hadn’t even shut down the roads yet. Even with almost being an hour early, there was still quite a crowd drawn. It was surprising especially since rain was definitely in the forecast for that day.
There were a few people to get the crowd hyped up to start us off. They led us in chants such as “love not hate, makes America great” and “what do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now.” Just to name a few. Once we were all in the mood for some marching, the march began. There were parents with several young children all holding small signs themselves. Although the overall thought in the back of all of our heads was our current leader’s own misogynist and hateful ways, the march wasn’t just about him. It was so much more. It’s not just an anti-Trump event. It’s a march set to stress the importance of equality for women and minorities combined. This year’s theme seemed to encourage citizens to become active voters, to let our voices be heard when primaries and the general elections start this March and November. Vote in more women and more minorities, this will ensure that we get the equal representation in offices that we are striving for.
Some of the speakers included activists who told personal familiar stories about their families torn apart because of being deported abruptly and another activist told a story about her son who was shot and killed right out of high school. These activists demanded cleaner DACA acts and stricter gun regulations to prevent these senseless breaking up of families. Former Mayor Annise Parker also spoke to encourage Houston to go out and vote in the next elections. Mayor Sylvester Turner also spoke out about how moving the empowering crowd was.