More than 15,000 demonstrators march across Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – More than 15,000 people marched across Nashville in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington Saturday morning.

The march was organized by “Power Together Tennessee” for Middle Tennesseans who couldn’t make it to the Washington march.

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“I have four children and a grandchild so there was no way I could make it,” said Jennifer Wilson. She helped create the group “Power Together Tennessee.”

Organizers say the march is in response to Donald Trump’s presidency. Power Together Tennessee started planning shortly after Election Day.

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Wilson said while she wants President Trump to succeed, Saturday’s march was to let him know discrimination and bigotry will not stand.

Fellow demonstrators echoed those thoughts.

“The biggest thing we need to think about is love and how much love there is here today. Love can probably rise and overcome some of the negativity in the world,” Molly Blackburn told News 2.

The group shutdown Nashville streets so they obtained permits and security beforehand.

“It’s to ensure that everybody had the opportunity to be together, to join the march in any capacity that they could and to feel as safe as possible,” explained Wilson.

Meanwhile, the group “Southern Women for Civil Rights” said it was more important that they stay here.

They had a poster-making party ahead of the march Friday night.

The Power Together Tennessee march started at 10 a.m. in Cumberland Park and ended at Public Square around noon. Metro police said there were no acts of violence and no arrests during the demonstration.