Grassroots group protests at Tennessee State Capitol

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A grassroots group called “We Are Watching” held a rally in downtown Nashville ahead of the governor’s State of the State address on Monday.

The group aims to let their legislators know they’ll be watching the 2017 session with a close eye.

News 2 spoke with a few protesters who explained why they were there.

“Well in solidarity with the Women’s March, with that energy, that momentum, harnessing 20,000 women on the streets of Nashville, 500,000 on the streets of Washington DC, the movement continues. It’s not just about a one-day march,” explained Celeste Duke.

She continued, “This day that we helped organize, me and 8 other people, are already a coalition now where we’re watching bills that are offensive, that we don’t approve of, and we pay your paycheck, legislatures, and we are watching. We’re not happy with it. Listen to us and work us and we can all get along a little bit better.”

“I’m here because I believe in equality and I think Tennessee is better than all the bills our government has on the docket. I’m particularly concerned about the heartbeat bill,” said Lauren MaCleod.

Sandra Sepulveda told News 2, “We wanted to come out here and show people that we’re here to support them, we’re here to fight for their rights, and we will be heard today.”

Dawn Kirk said she’s concerned about our country and state, saying, “And to me this is an opportunity to show up as our legislators arrive and just be a presence.”

An online event description says the rally was not formally organized but rather a fathering of concerned citizens.