Scarlett Johansson, Alfre Woodard, and Olivia Wilde are among the list of celebrities, musicians, and local lawmakers who have signed on to join the upcoming Women’s March Los Angeles, organizers have announced.
Last year’s inaugural march drew what was estimated to be 750,000 people to downtown Los Angeles, one of several throughout the world. But there were no major crowd issues in L.A.
Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Andrew Neiman said that at one point, protesters became landlocked at First Street and Broadway, among other intersections, because people came to downtown from all directions. Protesters filled First Street for five blocks, from City Hall at Spring Street to the Music Center, Neiman said at the time.
“In my 30 years of being (with the department), this is the biggest crowd I’ve observed in downtown,” he told the the Los Angeles Daily News last year. “It was visually impressive.”
Last year’s march, which also included celebrities such as Jane Fonda, came a day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. Marchers rallied for equal rights and for the defense of civil liberties.
This year’s Women’s March will focus attention on getting more people to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections, organizers said.
“The March will encourage participants to use their vote in order to help build a government that reflects their ideals, and will provide the tools to do so by having voter registration available on-site,” according to organizers. “Speakers will address important issues such as voter turnout, access, restrictions and intimidation and will discuss a plan of action leading up to November 2018 and beyond.”
Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Rachel Platten, Maxwell, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles with Melissa Etheridge are expected to perform, organizers said.
This year’s Women’s March will be held on Jan. 20. It begins at 8:30 a.m. at Pershing Square, followed by the march at 10 a.m. toward Los Angeles City Hall. Music and festivities will continue in Grand Park at 3 p.m.
For more information, got to https://womensmarchla.org/.
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