Several hundred people gathered at the San Juan County Courthouse at noon on Saturday, Jan. 19, for the third annual Women’s March.
“We want justice, we want peace, and today, we recognize women,” said Rhea Miller, former San Juan County Commissioner.
Though the march focused on women’s rights, attendees also included men, children and entire families from all islands.
Other speakers included Linnea Elmer-Anderson, who works with children at risk for San Juan County, and Erin Montgomery, from Planned Parenthood. Montgomery addressed the importance of women’s healthcare.
Before the march began, Miller requested that people remain on the sidewalks, because the town required a $900 for a permit to close streets. That fee, according to event organizer Nancy DeVaux would be used in part to help pay the cost of two county deputies needed to assist with monitoring and directing traffic. March organizers would have had to hold a fundraiser for those fees, and they opted not to do so.
Marchers walked from the courthouse down First Street, then down spring street around Memorial Park, and back up to the courthouse, where the crowd continued to gather and socialize before dispersing.