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Armed with homemade signs promoting human rights and political causes, nearly 100 local activists turned out for the third annual Klamath Falls Women’s March Saturday.

Mothers, daughters, union organizers, non-binary folks and long-time residents marched in two routes across the South Sixth Street bridge and downtown.

They sparked connections and conversation. They kept positive despite rain and the occasional sour passerby — a man who opened his car door and shouted “NO!”; a driver who seemed to intentionally spray them with dirty road water and ice.

Some, like third-time marcher Lindsay James, said they came to create a safer world for young girls, like her 5-year-old daughter, Delia.

“In this country, we are setting a bad precedent for our little girls and seeing our rights be infringed upon,” James said. “I feel like little girls have a lot more power than we give them credit for.”

Linda Tittle came to protest abuses of power by influential male politicians and leaders. Tittle said she thought lots of people including herself were in their own political and social boxes, and it was important to break out and communicate with each other.

“We have to do this because we are women,” Tittle said. “The people have to wake up!”

Alese Newberry, a first-time Klamath Falls marcher, said she thought the march was an excellent display of local compassion.

“Klamath is a very giving community and sometimes you don’t visually see that,” Newberry said. “There’s a sense of energy and inclusivity and care for each other.”

Fu Li Kalter, a trans and non-binary person who uses they/them pronouns, wore a transgender pride flag draped across their shoulders throughout the march.

Non-binary means not identifying with an exclusively masculine or feminine gender identity.

“I’m kind of scared in Klamath Falls,” Kalter said. “I’m here, I’m queer, and I’m not going away.”

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“We are strong women and we have rights,” Jennifer said. “We can do what everyone else can and I think it’s important to realize that and not get stomped down.”

Divina said she wanted women to stand up for each other.

“That’s why I came out {span}— {/span}to support that we are women and we are all here together,” Divina said. “If we want to do something as women, we should have that right to do it.”