Where To Protest On Inauguration Day In Los Angeles
Ready to rage, rage against the dying of the light? Los Angeles has your back. And if you're not looking to protest, it would be best to avoid the downtown area Friday—street closures and heavy traffic are expected (scroll all the way down for a street closure map).
United Against Hate March And Rally
There will be a massive march and rally (more than 30,000 people have RSVPed on Facebook, so far) taking place downtown on Friday morning to coincide with the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The United Against Hate March And Rally will begin at 11 a.m. at Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa in front of L.A. Live. The march is expected to head down Broadway towards the Civic Center from L.A. Live.
ABC 7 reports that more than 90 groups have signed to take part in the protest.
According to City News Service, the LAPD will have a beefed-up presence on Friday in downtown and elsewhere. "We will be there to make sure the protesters are kept safe,'' Officer Sal Ramirez told City News Service. The L.A. Times reports that the LAPD has issued five permits for protests around the downtown area Friday morning.
Inauguration Day Stand With Our Muslim Brothers And Sisters
Looking to take a slightly different tack? The Guibord Center and St. John's Cathedral are inviting Angelenos to stand together with their Muslim friends and neighbors for a rally outside of the Islamic Center of Southern California in Koreatown. Attendees are asked to bring positive signs of support for the Muslim community. Parking will be limited to those attending noonday prayers at the center, so outside attendees are asked to Uber or take Metro (the center is about two blocks from the Wilshire/Vermont Metro station).
Meanwhile, LAUSD is urging its students to stay in school Friday, and has officially designated Inauguration Day as "Unity Day 2017." The district has put together a website with possible lesson plans and resources for teachers to engage with students around
the end of America as we know it the inauguration. “Unity Day is an opportunity for students, for schools, to focus their instructional time or day on topics that are pertinent to their schools and community, and to learn about how government works, the electoral process,” Judy Chiasson, a coordinator with the district’s Office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity, told the L.A. Times.
And for those who are simply looking to avoid the mayhem, here's a full list of downtown street closures, courtesy of Mayor Eric Garcetti: