The march began by the gazebo in Plaza Park. Photos by Breezy Gledhill.
Thousands gathered in downtown Ventura on Saturday, Jan.21 for the March for Justice, a protest organized to coincide with the Women’s March on Washington and hundreds of similar marches around the world.
According to the Ventura Police Department, an estimated 2,500 people attended the peaceful march. Speakers included Ventura City Council member’s Matt LaVere and Cheryl Heitmann. After a performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” by Jade Hendrix, the march proceeded down Thompson Boulevard.
The Breeze’s Breezy Gledhill attended and stated, “The events are being held to celebrate the qualities of a diverse and inclusive America. I’m glad that I was able to participate.”
Ventura doctor Kathleen Shore, one of the march organizers, was thrilled with the turn out and said, “The March- by the numbers! It looks like we had upwards of 2,500 people. Former mayor says the park holds 3,000- we overflowed it! Justice for all booth collected $484! Justice for all joiners 287 people. Signed up to “Meet a Muslim,” 83 people. Signatures for decriminalizing homeless, 126 people.”
“Thanks to all of you for your hard work! Go team!”