January 21, 2018

The Women’s March Los Angeles returned to Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, January 20, 2018 for the 2nd annual event. The powerful lineup of activists and stars included Elizabeth Banks, Chloe Bennet, Rowan Blanchard, Connie Britton, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sophia Bush, Ted Danson, Viola Davis, Lea DeLaria, Zoey Deutch, Tony Goldwyn, Sarah Hyland, Paris Jackson, Allison Janney, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Megan Mullally, Olivia Munn, Lupita Nyong’o, Natalie Portman, Rob Reiner, Nicole Richie, Catt Sadler, Adam Scott, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Steenburgen, Lea Thompson, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde,  Larry Wilmore, Alfre Woodard, and Constance Wu, and performers Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Rachel Platten, Daya, Maxwell, Andy Grammer, Keala Settle, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles with Melissa Etheridge. Additional special guests included Mayor Eric Garcetti, GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean, civil rights advocate Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles President & CEO Sue Dunlap, Black Lives Matter’s Melina Abdullah, ACLU of Southern California Executive Director Hector Villagra, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, and more. Women’s March Los Angeles is part of a national movement to unify and empower those who stand for women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties and social justice for all.

This year the Women’s March LA Foundation was committed to turning out the vote and used the power of the March, along with the work being done by partner organizations, to bring attention to the urgency of preparing for the November midterm elections. The March encouraged participants to use their vote in order to help build a government that reflects their ideals, and provided the tools to do so by having voter registration available on-site. Speakers addressed important issues such as voter turnout, access, restrictions and intimidation, and discussed a plan of action leading up to November 2018 and beyond. 

This March was another peaceful demonstration as last year. People exercised their right to free speech/self expression and female empowerment with a strong emphasis on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement.

The 2018 Women’s March Los Angeles featured music, art, community and speakers all aligned with the National Women’s March Unity Principles of ending violence, protection of reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, Indigenous people’s rights and environmental justice.

Crowds gathered at Pershing Square leading up to the 10:00AM start of the March, which brought everyone to Grand Park. The festivities continued at Grand Park with food trucks, an art exhibit, voter registration, community booths, speakers, performances, and more.

The event was streamed on Facebook Live, where viewers were able to get a real time look as presenters, speakers and performers took the main stage. Supporters were also able to donate to the cause directly through Facebook’s donate button. For additional information, please visit https://womensmarchla.org and join the conversation on social media by following @wmnsmarchla and using #hearourvote #powertothepolls and #wmla2018.

Press/Media were seen throughout this event. 

KCAL 9

KTLA 5 – Simone Boyce

CNN – Kyung Lah

All officials involved went about their tasks in a professional and respectful manner. Police had a huge presence but did not interfere with people’s right to protest, they were there to make sure everything remained peaceful. I spoke with a few LAPD officers and they were very helpful and friendly. I also noticed city workers had a huge presence, constantly trying to maintain an organized and clean environment as much as possible.

Thank You to the City of Los Angeles for helping keep this event safe and organized.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S MARCH LOS ANGELES

Women’s March LA Foundation is a women-led 501c3 organization created in 2016 by the producers of the historic Women’s March LA. Our mission is to bring attention to the struggles of marginalized communities and all attacks on human rights. At Women’s March LA Foundation we recognize that there is no true peace, freedom or inclusion without equity for all, and through education, canvassing, social media, and events, we activate our collective political power to bring about lasting social change. For a complete list of WMLA Community Partnerships please visit www.womensmarchla.org/partners.

PHOTO GALLERY

 

I attended the Woman’s March last year as Helen Reddy’s personal Celebrity Photographer, requested by Producer David Lockhart of the upcoming movie “Senior Entourage“. It was an honor to be a part of Helen’s Entourage as well as being a part of history. 

Helen Reddy

Jamie Lee Curtis & Helen Reddy

Jane Fonda

Lance Bass of N’Sync

 

Jesse M. Watrous is a Freelance Photographer and PhotoJournalist. She specializes in the Entertainment Industry and works as a Celebrity & Event Photographer, Still Photographer for movies/films, Local News and much more. 

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