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Thousands expected at Women's March rally in San Luis Obispo Saturday

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A year after a sea of women and men took to the streets after President Donald Trump's inauguration it'll happen again this weekend in dozens of cities across the country.

In San Luis Obispo, instead of a march, thousands will rally at Mission Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 20.

"We decided this year to rally because we want to take the momentum of the streets, the momentum that's built up over the past year, and really focus on making true and lasting change for 2018," said Dawn Addis, Women's March SLO Organizer.

Nine speakers will weigh in on issues like women's rights, human rights, and social and environmental justice.

With the 2018 midterm elections around the corner, this year's theme is "Hear Our Vote: Voices of Resistance."

"The biggest difference between this year and last year is that last year was about each person, what they wanted for the future. This year is about taking your voice from the streets to the ballot box or to running for office," Addis said.

Meantime, the San Luis Obispo Police Department is also gearing up for the rally.

"The police department has staffed up for tomorrow's rally," said Lt. Brian Amoroso. "We will have officers both on motorcycles, on bicycles, and also on foot going through the crowd."

At 9 a.m., the dog-leg section of Broad Street will be closed.

With about 4,000 people expected compared to last year's crowd of about 10,000, SLOPD will not have extra agencies helping like before.

"It's important that we can come out, engage, be inspired, and stand together to support one another," Addis concluded.

Organizers say they have been preparing for the rally since the day after last year's march.

The event kicks off at noon and will continue until 4 p.m. The main event with speakers kicks off at 1 p.m. There will be live music at 3 p.m.

There will also be "Walk About SLO" where people can walk on the sidewalks with their signs and go to different businesses offering a discount.

You can pick up a ballot at the information table on Saturday, go to the businesses, and enter to win for Women's March merchandise.

The City of San Luis Obispo reported that last year's march cost upwards of $31,000.

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