Speakers fire up crowd of 500 gathered for Women’s March in Santa Rosa

4 October 2021

Nearly 2,000 miles separate Sonoma County from Austin, but when Texas lawmakers outlawed nearly all abortions last month, they may as well have picked a fight directly with Rohnert Park resident Savannah Kolb, Brenda Chatman of Santa Rosa and Willieshae Watts, age 12.

They were among an estimated 500 people who gathered Saturday in Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square as part of a nationwide Women’s March focused primarily on defense of women’s reproductive rights and the growing threat posed by the conservative political movement — in Texas and elsewhere.

During often rousing, impassioned speeches that drew cheers of approval and loud applause, speakers at the two-hour Rally for Women’s Rights & Voting Rights touched on a wide range of social issues — from gun violence to immigration and voting rights.

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