Last weekend I, along 750,000 other feminists in Los Angeles, marched together from Pershing Square to Los Angeles City Hall.
This isn’t exactly travel related but I thought it was worth mentioning since the march was echoed throughout the world, in many of the cities I’ve visited.
The march, according to it’s organizers, was “open to everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, tolerance of diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity. We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
The march was incredibly peaceful and empowering and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t had a chance to attend a march like this one to try to go to one in your community. There is a lot of talk among the conservative media that these marches were motivated by hate when it was the exact opposite. The most common phrase being chanted was “Love not hate, makes America great!” and that theme carried us through the march from 5th street to City Hall.
“OUR MISSION: In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. W support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equality for all.”