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Marchers hold signs at a special edition of the Women's March. Oct. 17, 2020. (Josie Huang/LAist)
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Good morning, L.A.

With the Presidential election a little more than two weeks away (YUP!), protesters marched through downtown L.A. to voice their dissatisfaction with the Trump administration, and their hope that he’ll be voted out of office.

The event was a special edition of the annual Women’s March, and local activists joined other groups across the nation. My colleague Josie Huang, who covered the protest, reported that women towards the front of the group were dressed as handmaids from the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. The costumes were likely a nod to Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has been a member of a religious group, People of Praise, that uses the moniker “handmaid” to describe some women in its ranks.

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Josie spoke with Isabella Santana of La Puente, who convinced her siblings to march in honor of her 13th birthday.

"I want to see women being able to have their own choices," Santana said. "I want to have systemic racism be abolished."

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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Marchers hold signs at a special edition of the Women's March.

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(Josie Huang/LAist)

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