HEAR OUR VOTE! Women’s March Returns to Los Angeles

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Women's March 2017 - Photo by Paulo Murillo

Get your signage ready! Women’s March is returning to Downtown Los Angeles, Saturday, January 20. The event is set to begin at 8:30am, followed by the march at 10am and a festival that will run until 3pm. The Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation is inviting all the 750,000 Angelenos who helped fill the streets last year, to do it again in 2018 as part of the one year anniversary of the Women’s March. If you missed the last Women’s March Los Angeles, this is your chance to redeem yourself and be a part of history.

Last year the message was “Hear our Voice.” This year will be an appropriate call-to-action with “Hear our Vote”! The Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation believes in this crucial midterm election year, our collective voices can change the narrative by bringing out the vote in record numbers. Just like the year before, the event is a Pro Peace, Pro Inclusivity event. It is focused on marginalized voices and the power of voting.

Women’s March LA Foundation recognizes that there is no true peace, freedom, or inclusion without equality for all. The event 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.

Celebrity speakers slated for the event are: Viola Davis, Natalie Portman, Allison Janney, Elizabeth Banks, Connie Britton, Sarah Hyland, Mila Kunis, Eva Longoria, Ellen Barkin, Rob Reiner, Kamala Harris, and Mary Steenburgen.

Other speakers previously announced include Scarlett Johansson, Sophia Bush, Laverne Cox, Lea DeLaria, Tony Goldwyn, Paris Jackson, Megan Mullally, Olivia Munn, Nicole Richie, Catt Sadler, Adam Scott, Olivia Wilde, Larry Wilmore, and Alfre Woodard, along with performances from Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Rachel Platten, Maxwell, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles with Melissa Etheridge.

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.

Womens March 2017 – photo by Paulo Murillo

The LA event is part of the Women’s March California Coalition and one of many events being planned across our state. The state of California will have key elections in 2018. The time is now to prepare!

Those in need of a lift new WeHo, the city of West Hollywood is providing a free shuttle service that will go to the Metro Red Line Station. The City’s free mini-bus service for commuters will operate special service on Saturday, January 20, specifically for the Women’s March Los Angeles.

CityLineX will connect West Hollywood residents to the Metro Red Line from the Hollywood and Highland station to stations at Pershing Square/5th Street and at Civic Center/Grand Park. The Women’s March Los Angeles take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will start in Pershing Square and end in Grand Park; the kickoff stage will be located at the corner of 5th Street and Hill Street.

CityLineX shuttles will begin departing at 7 a.m. from CityLineX stops at Santa Monica Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue, and at Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. Beginning at 7:15 a.m., shuttles will depart from the CityLineX stop at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Shuttles will stop to pick up passengers in 15 to 20 minute intervals, with the last shuttle departing from the Library at 9 a.m. CityLineX will pick up passengers at all of its regular stops along Santa Monica Boulevard, which include Robertson, San Vicente, Westbourne, La Cienega, Sweetzer, Crescent Heights, Fairfax, Sierra Bonita, and La Brea, en route to the Metro Red Line Station at Hollywood & Highland. Women’s March Los Angeles attendees are advised to use Metro Red Line service toward Downtown Los Angeles and exit at Pershing Square/5th Street

CityLineX returning shuttles will bring people back from Hollywood & Highland at approximately 30-minute intervals beginning at 12 p.m. Passengers may board from the CityLineX stop located on the west side of Highland Avenue, south of Hollywood Boulevard. CityLineX will drop-off passengers at all of its regular stops along Santa Monica Boulevard, which include La Brea, Gardner, Fairfax, Crescent Heights, Sweetzer, La Cienega, Westbourne, and San Vicente, en route to its final stop at West Hollywood Library. The last shuttle will depart from Highland at 4 p.m.

 

For more information about the Women’s March Los Angeles, please visit womensmarchla.org.

For more information about CityLineX, including links to schedules and maps, please visit weho.org/cityline

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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