Portland women say they march not only for their rights, but their children's rights too

FILE -- In November, just days after the election, Families for Peaceful Protest marched with their children. (KATU File Photo)

Tens of thousands of men, women and children are expected to pick up signs and march in Portland this Saturday for women’s rights.

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“I think that speaks volumes to Portland’s ideology to social injustice,” said Shannon Berger-Hammond, who is marching with Families for Peaceful Protest.

Back in November, just days after the election, Families for Peaceful Protest marched with their children.

“We did it to teach our children to stand up use their voices and stand up against bigotry and hatred and to spread love and kindness and unity and community as best we could,” Berger-Hammond said.

Just like November's march, Saturday's goes beyond the rights of women. Organizers say it’s also about the future of our youth.

“I don't know how to explain that I am scared, I am scared for you, it hurts, and I don't want them to feel scared because I'm supposed to protect them,” Marcher Erika Wixon explained.

Among the expected 34,000 marchers is Erika Wixon, who will be with Families for Peaceful Protests.

“I march for my daughter and I march for myself, but I also march for my mother and grandmother because they were oppressed,” Wixon said.

Wixon says as a mother of two, this march gives her hope.

“It’s not just saying we don't like what’s happening and this policy it’s about saying we can make it better all around,” Wixon said.

While Wixon and Berger-Hammond know changes can’t come right away, they said they still have to stand up for whats right.

“It’s going to be a rough four years, we don't know what the outcome is, but I will make sure my kids know that we fought to make it right,” Wixon said.

Saturday’s march is expected to be peaceful, and organizers hope families will bring their children to participate as well. The group will meet at noon at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

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