8NewsNow: Huge turnout at local Women's March on Washington

Feb 9, 2017
In The News

Between 4,000 and 6,000 people hit the streets in Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon for the Women's March on Washington, according to Metro police.

Protestors marched half a mile from 9th Street to the Lloyd D George Federal Building in support of women's rights and justice equality. 

"I think everyone needs to find the cause that is near to them and help solve a problem that is close to yourself because if each of us takes action in our own little corner, the aggregate of that will be mass action," said Cathy Brooks, a local demonstrator. 

Congresswoman Dina Titus and Congressman Ruben Kihuen attended Saturday's event. 

“As the new administration announces plans to hack at the Violence Against Women Act, cut women’s health care, and turn a blind eye to civil rights issues affecting millions of women across the country, we will not stand idly by and we will certainly not be silent during the next four years,” said Rep. Titus. 

The march in Las Vegas was one of dozens of marches taking place across the United States. In Washington, D.C. the bigger than expected turnout forced a change of plans.

With the entire planned route filled with hundreds of thousands of protesters, organizers couldn't lead a formal march toward the White House.

In Chicago, trains from the city's suburbs to a downtown march are packed. Officials added trains to their Saturday morning schedule in anticipation of higher-than-usual ridership, but passengers are still reporting standing-room-only trains and crowded platforms.

The mission statement of the Women's March on Washington says event participants are "hurting and scared" as Donald Trump takes office -- and they want a greater voice for women in political life.

Metro police say the march in Las Vegas was a peaceful event.