Thousands rally in Grand Rapids for women’s rights

Hundreds gathered in Grand Rapids to march for women's rights (Jan. 21, 2017)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 now will be remembered as the day millions marched around the world for women’s rights.

Plans for the Women’s March on Washington began shortly after Donald Trump was elected 45th President of the United States. From there, more than 600 sister marches began taking shape.

Millions marched globally Saturday, including in Paris, Chicago and right here in West Michigan.

Estimations showed more than half a million marched on our nation’s capital and 150,000 people in Chicago.

About 3,000 people attended a march Grand Rapids, according to organizers. The event downtown started as a solidarity event at Fountain Street Church but quickly turned into a peaceful march to Rosa Parks Circle.

“I think we have to stand up and I think we have to start doing it now, and I’m really happy to see the turn out here. It’s huge and it’s spontaneous,” Joe Camfield told 24 Hour News 8.

The church organized for 5 buses to transport 280 people to D.C.’s march. They left Friday evening.

More than 90 people traveled from Gerald R. Ford International Friday to also joins the demonstration in Washington. West Michigan resident Jessica Bloom shared some of her photos with us. You can view them below.