Massive women’s march in downtown LA said to be largest in over a decade – Los Angeles Times
“It is worth doing it to stand with my fellow women in solidarity,” Duffy said. “Change needs to happen. … If I just sat at home because I didn’t want to get into the crowds, I would not be standing up for what I believe in.”
Brenda Tullo stayed up late crocheting one of the hats for her daughter, Allison, then rose before the sun came up to drive to downtown L.A. from San Bernardino.
“I’m doing this for the women who came before me, who gave me the privilege to do everything I do today,” said Allison Tullo, 24, who works at a coffee shop. Her aunt and grandmother went to a different women’s march in Ventura.
Trump has insulted just about everyone who isn’t a white man, she added.
Brenda Tullo, 56, a food and beverage manager, expressed outrage at Trump’s attitude about grabbing women’s private parts.
“I am a nasty woman,” she said, referencing an insult Trump directed at his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, during a presidential debate. Her pink sign read: “Nasty women unite.”
Many of the handmade signs carried by protesters referenced women’s rights, including abortion rights. Some were directed at Trump.
“Trump, putting the bully into the pulpit,” read one sign. “Keep your tiny hands off our rights,” read another.
Others sought to turn the conversation in a positive direction: “Tweet Love, Tweet Peace,” read the sign carried by Andrea Testa, 52, a real estate agent from Long Beach.
“Tweet some hope is all I want, dude,” she said.
Sisters Yolanda Ramirez, 65, and Jo Ann Ramirez, 66, were part of a group that traveled from Downey and Santa Ana to attend Saturday’s rally. “This is my first rally,” said Yolanda, who held a sign reading, “Pres. Trump, Please Lead Do Not Bully.”
The sisters said they decided to attend the rally days after the Nov. 8 election, and took the Metro line early Saturday to the event. They are marching to represent women “who have no voice,” Jo Ann said.
“It’s for the disenfranchised,” she said of the L.A. rally.
Gabriela Macias, 41, of Venice, stood holding a pink neon sign that laid out her four-year plan on dealing with President Trump and his administration:
1. Wake up. 2. Coffee. 3. Resist 4. Resist 5. Resist 6. Repeat
“Hopefully not forever,” Macias said with a chuckle.
Macias came out to the women’s march to stand in solidarity with the various groups that are fighting for different causes, including immigration rights.
“It’s very inspiring to see the turnout,” she said. “It’s good to see everybody together.”
Macias had come to the march with her 12-year-old daughter, Abril Lopez. She said she taken her daughter to the massive immigration rally in 2006.
“She was in a stroller,” she said.
Macias said she wants her daughter to feel comfortable about demonstrating for a cause.
“The next generation has to be comfortable to stand up and make demands,” she said.
Victoria Bernal, who is in her 40s, said she drove from La Puente at 7:15 a.m. and arrived at the parking lot on Olvera Street, which she said was filling up.
She said the attendant told her most of the spaces were being taken up by people coming to the march. Bernal walked along Broadway holding a sign that read, “We should learn from history not repeat it.”
“I’ve never been so scared for the country,” she said. “Don’t set back immigration rights; don’t set back women’s rights and gay rights.”
Bernal said she has been to other demonstrations and decided to attend Saturday’s march to support human rights and the groups that are standing up against Trump’s rhetoric.
She said that though she is worried about what kind of changes will take place under the Trump administration, she feels optimistic.
“It makes me feel better to know there are people who are just as upset as I am, and that gives me hope.”
Dean Hezen, 26, of Canada, was in town for work and decided he would buy a pair of heels and join in the march.
“It’s women’s rights! How could I not march for that,” he said.
As he marched, he held a sign that read, “Walk a mile in her shoes.”
“Power to you for walking in heels,” one woman told him.
“Power to you for wearing them,” he responded to her.
“I don’t know how women do it,” he said. “But if they can walk in them every day, then I can walk in them for a little bit.”
Many teens and children were spotted in the crowd gathered at Pershing Square.
The throngs included the Miller family from North Hollywood. Wearing a New York Yankees hat, Andy Miller, 55, took the Metro line with his two daughters. The crowded trip on the subway, he said, felt like a New York experience.
Savannah Miller, 14, and Jessie Miller, 12, said they regularly read news sites like BuzzFeed and listen to the radio.
Savannah said she was marching because she wants the world to be “safer for girls.”
“Donald Trump has to make sure to be careful,” she said. “A lot of people aren’t happy.
“I want more women in the House and Senate,” she added.
The large crowd, Jessie said, shows what women can do when they work together.
Skies were clear Saturday morning. The National Weather Service said clouds will come in the afternoon, with a 50% of rain after midnight. The high will be about 60 degrees.