Women’s March Los Angeles: What You Need to Know for Saturday’s Event
This Saturday, one day after Donald Trump is sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, groups all over the country will gather to march in many cities, including in Los Angeles.
The largest event is expected to take place in Washington, D.C., where organizers anticipate 200,000 people could attend the Women’s March on Washington.
Organizers of the march say they want to greet Trump’s presidency by making a statement.
“The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights,” the march’s mission statement reads. “We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
Anyone interested, not only women, is welcome to attend the nationwide marches, organizers say.
As of Thursday morning, 70,000 people have RSVP’d for the march in the L.A., with another 70,000 expressing interest in the march, according to a Facebook page set up for the Los Angeles event.
The L.A. group emphasized the march “is not a protest,” and is intended to be a “celebration of human rights.”
Below are the details of the Women's March Los Angeles:
Where is it?
Participants will meet in Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles at 9 a.m. before marching to City Hall beginning around 10 a.m., according to the event's website.
A route for the march has not been released, though event organizers said they were working "diligently with [the Los Angeles Police Department] to ensure a safe event for all."
The march from Pershing Square to City Hall is roughly a mile, making the back-and-forth trip total about 2 miles, according to organizers.
Traffic in the downtown area will likely be impacted by the event, which is expected to conclude by 4 p.m.
Restrooms and water will be available along the march route, and food trucks will also be parked at the event, organizers said.
Getting to the march?
Organizers recommended using public transportation or ride-sharing services to get to the march, according to the website.
Metro's Red Line has a stop right at Pershing Square, at Fifth and Hill streets. Those looking to take an Amtrak train to get there can do so by getting off at Union Station, which is a little over a mile from Pershing Square.
Participants can also get to the destination by bus. The following was recommended by event organizers: from the Garland Building, get on DASH “E," and exit Olive at Seventh. Check the L.A. Department of Transportation website for info.
For those looking to drive, parking is available under Pershing Square and at numerous lots around the downtown area, likely costing motorists between $10 and $30 for the day.
Some chartered buses will also be available, according to organizers.
Who will be there?
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rep. Judy Chu, L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn, L.A. City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon are among those who are expected to speak at a rally in front of City Hall, according to the website.
Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, county Supervisor Hilda Solis, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Assemblywoman Christina Garcia are slated to speak between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., before the march begins.
A full schedule of speakers can be found here.
Which groups are involved?
Hundreds of groups are joining the marches around the country, including Planned Parenthood and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
"A healthy environment is a basic right for all of us -- regardless of where we live, how we vote, or what we look like," Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.
Click here for full details about the Women's March Los Angeles.