Even though organizers don’t specify President Donald Trump and his controversial remarks about women and sex, hundreds of thousands of women and their supporters are expected to turn out in downtown Los Angeles for Saturday’s Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles.
Metro plans to add service and security on its rail lines to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend. The crowd at last year’s event far exceeded the expectations of organizers, who ultimately estimated that about 750,000 people attended the march, although fire officials pegged the crowd at about 350,000.
The crowds led to crowded Metro train platforms and left some would-be passengers unable to squeeze onto packed downtown-bound trains, even though service had been expanded for the event.
Organizers at the website Womensmarchla.org said they “recognize that there is no true peace, freedom, or inclusion without equity for all.
“Our event on January 20th will feature music, art, community booths, and speakers in a shared voice of resistance with advocacy aligned with the national Women’s March Unity Principles: ending violence, protection of reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, Indigenous people’s rights and environmental justice. We look forward to sharing this experience with you and engaging our community even further.
“The 2018 Anniversary event will provide participants the tools, and amplify their motivation, to use their vote as their voice to build government that reflects their ideals. We will create a safe and peaceful space where the important issues of voter turnout, access, restrictions, and intimidation will be addressed and begin a plan of action leading up to November 2018 and beyond. Our votes matter. Our presence matters. We vote for ourselves and for those who cannot.
“Our LA event is part of the Women’s March California Coalition and one of many events being planned across our state. We have key elections here in California in 2018 and the time is now to prepare!
“We believe that together we can create transformative social change. Our experience from the Women’s March 2017 shows that together we have impact beyond our wildest expectations. We will use the power of the Women’s March on January 20 to bring attention to the urgency of preparing for the November elections and to augment and magnify the work being done by our partner community organizations to turn out the vote in 2018 and work on important voting initiatives in the future.”
After last year’s event, Metro officials reported that 592,000 passengers boarded its trains that day — 360,000 more than a typical Saturday.
Metro officials on Wednesday urged people to arrive early and consider buying TAP cards and loading them with adequate fare in advance to avoid what are likely to be long lines at TAP kiosks on Saturday.
A list of locations where TAP cards can be purchased is available at www.taptogo.net.
Metro plans to bolster service on its rail lines from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Service will be increased on rail lines and on the Silver and Orange bus lines and on Metro Line 720.
Some local Metro buses that typically travel through downtown could be diverted due to the crowds and street closures, and passengers were urged to consider exiting before reaching the downtown area.
The march is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at Pershing Square, ending outside City Hall.
–City News Service
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