Here’s What You Need to Know About the 2018 Women’s March in L.A.

You don’t have to travel to D.C. to make your voice heard

The day after the inauguration of President Trump, an estimated 750,000 people filled the streets of L.A. for the Women’s March. Now, a year later, lots of citizens are feeling as fired up as ever, and they’re heading out to march again for Women’s March 2018 on Saturday, January 20. While turnout probably won’t be quite as overwhelming this second time around, there’s still lots to know about what’s happening, how to participate, and the best ways get around. And if you need some inspiration for making your protest sign, be sure to check out our gallery of favorites.

When and where will the Women’s March 2018 happen?

The Women’s March 2018 takes place on Saturday, January 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Marchers will gather starting at Pershing Square for a program of opening speakers until 10:00 a.m., then move toward Grand Park, where additional speeches and festivities will take place. Stay up to date on details by joining the official Facebook event.

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What will be on the agenda?

The 2018 theme is “First we march, then we vote,” and marchers can expect to hear a lot of talk about the this year’s midterm elections, in addition to the Women’s March Unity Principles.

Inspirational words will be delivered by an impressive list of speakers, including celebrities (Scarlett Johansson, Laverne Cox, Olivia Wilde, Alfre Woodard), political leaders (Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Hilda Solis), and activists (GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis, Black Lives Matter leader Melina Abdullah, Planned Parenthood L.A. president and CEO Sue Dunlap, ACLU of Southern California executive director Hector Villagra).

In addition to speeches, marchers will celebrate the movement with musical performances by Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Rachel Platten, Maxwell, and Melissa Etheridge with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.

What are the best ways to get there?

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has provided us with the complete map of planned street closures below. Please keep in mind that this is just a plan, and law enforcement may move the barricades or change perimeters as events take place.

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Basically, you should probably avoid driving into downtown L.A. on Saturday, be it to attend the march or for anything else. While the march may not beat last year’s record-breaking attendance, it will still likely cause a lot of disruption. To get to the march, the pro move will be to ride Metro’s Red Line to the Pershing Square station. Note that, to handle the crowd, the 4th and Hill door will only be used for exiting the station and the 5th and Hill door will be only for entering.

In response to delays and overcrowding at the first Women’s March, Metro has made a commitment to prepare for a spike in ridership, including putting additional trains into service. Metro has released its full plan for the day online and, to stay up to date on Metro service, it is encouraging passengers to check Twitter. To expedite your experience, if you don’t already have a TAP card, you’ll probably want to get one before Saturday.

If Metro is just not your thing and you’re going to be arriving via a ride share or taxi, organizers suggest using Seventh and Olive as your drop-off point. If that’s your plan, be sure to strategize about how you’ll get home, as hailing a return trip may prove difficult.

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Are there any related events going on downtown?

Before or after marching on Saturday, you may want to prep for the protest or keep the positive energy going. Freehand Hotel is hosting a poster party breakfast, with coffee, food,  and sign-making supplies, in exchange for a suggested donation to the Downtown Women’s Center. The “Who’s There Group” (a collaboration between Emily McDowell Studio, Knock Knock, and Sisters of Los Angeles) will be hosting a bagel breakfast at the Standard Hotel downtown, with ticket sales benefitting Planned Parenthood.

As the official events wind down, make your way to Resident DTLA for PERSIST, a free “decompression celebration” featuring DJs curated by Queens of the New Age, feminist vendors, and a discussion forum. If you feel inspired by the march and want to do more, there are also ways to stay involved all year.

Does the Women’s March accept financial support?

There are several ways to support the movement with your wallet. Show your support by sporting logo merch from the foundation’s online shop or make a general donation to the cause. (Attending the march itself is totally free.)

What about folks who will be at the Sundance Film Festival on the 20th? Or in Orange County? Or Santa Barbara? 

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Pershing Square. There are still plenty of ways to participate in the movement. For O.C. Women’s March, marchers will gather in downtown Santa Ana. The Women’s March Santa Barbara takes place at De La Guerra Plaza, starting at 11:00 a.m.

For Sundance-goers, Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation is, in collaboration with a team on the ground in Park City, Utah, coordinating Respect Rally Park City, an event for locals and the many entertainment industry professionals who will be in town, and featuring a slate of celeb speakers of its own.

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