By Brittanie Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
Activists and protesters gathered in the streets of Downtown Los Angeles to take part in the historic Women’s March on Jan. 21.
Los Angeles was just one of many cities that held the march, which originated in Washington D.C.
The march started from Pershing Square and would have lead up to City Hall but due to the amount of protesters, the march split up and took over many blocks in the City of Angels.
According to the Women’s March LA Twitter page, an estimated 750,000 people attended.
Women’s reproductive rights, immigration, LGBTQ support and human rights were some of the motives behind thousands of people walking.
“I’ve always been passionate about women’s rights and more so immigration reform because that was and is something that affects my family and me directly,” said protester Rebeca Loera, 21, who like many other Latinos in the United States, has family that immigrated to this country.
“But the funny thing is that it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve finally realized that retweeting and sharing liberal content on social media, as well as the occasional donation to Planned Parenthood, just isn’t enough anymore. I have to actually demonstrate what I believe in. This is why I marched,” continued Loera.
Women, men and children of all ages shouted “My body, my choice; her body, her choice,” and signs with similar slogans were held up and placed around the city.
“Despite the advances that women have made, we still have a long way to go to reach equality and I worry that we are in a delicate place. We are being faced with the possibility of moving backwards instead of forward,” said march attendee Gabriela Denice, 39.
The unprecedented amount of protesters present broke up into smaller groups and marched on different streets, closing down many of them.
The march officially began at 9 a.m. in the morning and went on until 4 p.m. in the afternoon, but many continued to march for the cause after 4 p.m.
“It is imperative that women send a loud, clear, and unmistakable message,” said participant Rose Gutierrez.