Celebrating the one-year anniversary of the national Women’s March, local participants marched from the University of Texas at El Paso campus to Downtown’s San Jacinto Plaza on Sunday, Jan. 21.

 One of the event organizers, Elisa Morales, said UTEP police estimated that more than 1,000 gathered at UTEP’s Centennial Plaza, where the march started.

After the march, topics discussed at the rally included the rights of women, veterans, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities. The wide list of speakers included attorney Lyda Ness-Garcia, state Rep. César Blanco, transgender activist Claudia Delfin and author-poet Benjamin Alire Saenz.

“Our planning committee is totally grass roots; we don’t belong to a specific group, although all of us are active in the community,” Morales said. “We made a very strong effort to make this about women, not anti-anything.”

The committee plans to host a roundtable discussion about civic engagement at Cafe Mayapan in February, which you can learn more about at facebook.com/EPWomensMarch and epwomensmarch@gmail.com.

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