Saturday, January 21, 2017
LOS ANGELES-Across the United States and throughout the globe women rallied and marched in opposition to now president Donald Trumps threats, lies, federal appointments and anachronistic notions of a lost cultural empire. Women and men of all pronouns rose up and met publicly worldwide with numbers reaching 750,000 people in downtown Los Angeles or one million in Washington D.C. to denounce the coming administration's policies. They met to organize, they met for the fellowship that comes from consoling and affirming one another. They met to state openly that they were alarmed, alarmed for the survival of 250 years of American civil progress.
Story and photos: Massive Women's March Los Angeles Tells President Donald Where To Go by Robert Stuart Lowden
More: Indigenous People and Sacred Lands Disrespected at L.A. Women's March posted by Ross Plesset
Additional photos and observations: Staggering Turnout for Women's March L.A. by Ross Plesset
An event was held on November 20th at the West Hollywood Library to commemorate those transsexual persons who have been murdered in the last year throughout the globe. The Transgender Day of Remembrance which was started in 1998 has become a call to action in defense of trans people who have suffered immeasurably over the years from negative societal judgment and the violence that will often accompany such views.
Full story and pix: West Hollywood Commemorates The Trans Day of Remembrance 2015 Part 1 of 2 Photosets and Part 2 of 2 Photosets by Robert Stuart Lowden
Thousands of Angelinos took to the streets to demand an end to violence against women in Los Angeles. on March 8th.
Demonstrators pointed out that women's rights are human rights. Some of the groups' spokespersons expressed anger over the recent fall of women's rights and said that they would not stop marching and demonstrating until equality was achieved.
Domestic violence was a major theme of the day and women demanded that the police join them in fighting domestic violence instead of being part of the problem.
There were events in Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura Counties on March 8th as well.
Full story: Los Angeles Stands Up for Women's Rights by Women Against Slavery, International
For the 15th year marking International Women's Day in Southern California, on March 8th a warm and sunny Saturday, a mixed race and enthusiastic crowd of approximately 450 women, men, quite a lot of young people, and lots of children gathered for a free concert and speakout at the MacArthur Park Band Shell in Los Angeles.
This year: IWD events internationally marked Haiti's revolutionary legacy, and the continuing courage and resilience of its people, starting with women. From Berkeley, Boston, Claremont, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Springfield (USA), Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor (Canada), Guyana and elsewhere, to Dublin and London, people have gathered in solidarity with the Haitian people. Actions in Haiti and across the world marked the 10th anniversary of the coup (29 February 2004) which overthrew the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide -- former liberation theology priest and Haiti's first democratically elected and much loved and trusted President. Also on this the first anniversary of the death of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, we were remembering this extraordinary leader of the Bolivarian Revolution which changed Latin America and the world.
Full Story: Rock, Rap & Speakout vs Poverty, Prisons & War By Ruth Todasco of Global Women's Strike/LA