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Hundreds show up for Carbondale Women's March

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CARBONDALE -- Hundreds of men and women gathered in Carbondale Saturday for a sister march to the one happening in Washington D.C.

They gathered at the Civic Center in Carbondale and marched around town sharing their opinions on women, immigrant and human rights. In Carbondale alone more than 800 marchers showed up.

Men and women of all backgrounds, made signs and marched together. Using their voice to share their thoughts with the community.  And a lot more people wanted to be heard, than organizers like Kathryn Neely expected. 

"Maybe people thought 300 people would come and now it's 800. This same experience is happening at the same 600 marches all over the world," said Neely. 

Molly Johnson was one of the marchers in Carbondale and wasn't surprised by the number of people that came out. She says she's marching for equality among all, no matter the gender or the race and to voice her frustration with the current divide in our country. 

"We just want to not allow things to just happen anymore. We would just like to say this is not where we want our country to go," said Johnson. 

Jenny Akers brought her 14 year old daughter Gia, who's from Guatemala, to participate in the march. Their message: hate will not push America forward. Jenny says she hopes this march is big enough to draw attention from local lawmakers. 

"I want them to see that we are marching together. That we are solid, tight group. That there are more of us out there then they would believe," said Akers.  

Neely says her goal for the march was to start a conversation and show everyone this group is strong and stands together. 

"This won't be the end of our activism. There is already a lot of conversations about what's next," said Neely. 

Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth spoke at the Women's March in D.C. and encouraged people to stay involved in politics and with their community to let their voices be heard. 
Those at the march in Carbondale say they plan on staying involved.  

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