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Women's March returns to Omaha

Posted at 9:29 AM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 10:45:23-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - As Pres. Donald Trump prepares to enter his second year in office, a march demonstration will also hit the same milestone this weekend.

In 2017, millions of women hit the streets across the nation during the historic Women's March by descending into several  U.S. cities such as Washington, D.C., Kansas City and Los Angeles.

On Saturday, it's predicted as many as 250 marches will be held. 

"Last year, I think that people weren't sure if it was movement or a moment and after the year we've experienced in 2017, I think it's becoming more of a movement," said Andrea Talbot, a lead organizer for the Omaha Women's March.

Sam Carwyn said this year's approach is different.

"I think last  year, the focused was more so about a protest and this year it's about how do we move forward," Carwyn said. "What do do we need to do."

This year the marchers will focus on the theme "March to the Polls" in hopes of encouraging women to vote, campaign for offices and win elections.

While demonstrations protested the current administration in 2017, the group backing the local march explained it's about increasing voter turnout on important issues like women's health, immigration reform and education.

"We want to make sure everyone has a seat at the table," Talbot said.

At a time when divisions clash for the call of unification, Talbot said a seat at the table extends to those who may have voted differently - even going so far as to call the march in Omaha non-partisan.

No one party owns women, she told 3 News Now.

For Carwyn, she sums up the merging of the two by seeking common ground.

"When we focus on our shared experience instead of things that divide us than we can be united as a group."

To learn more about the Omaha Women's March, click here.