Boyle Heights residents are geared to join back-to-back marches this Friday and Saturday organized by groups protesting Donald Trump’s inauguration as 45th president of the United States.
On Friday –the day of the inauguration– a rally organized by Centro Community Service Organization (Centro CSO) and other area groups will be held starting at 11:00 a.m. at Mariachi Plaza. Participants are encouraged to wear red to show unity; according to a press release the groups’ demands are “Legalization not deportation, [defense of] Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), no to the Mexico wall, no to guest-worker programs, no to U.S. wars and occupations, and solidarity with whomever has been attacked by Trump!”
From Mariachi Plaza, participants will march through César Chávez Avenue to Olvera Street where they will hold another rally and eventually join the United Against Hate Anti-Trump Inauguration March at City Hall.
On Saturday, Los Angeles will be among many U.S. cities holding a Women’s March, and several Boyle Heights residents are expected to travel by Metro from Mariachi Plaza to join the event’s starting place at Pershing Square.
According to organizers, the Women’s March – Los Angeles is “part of a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. This is a non-partisan and peaceful event.”
Organizers recommend that participants meet at Pershing Square by 9 a.m. The march starts at 10 a.m. and goes to City Hall where there will be a rally. Following that there will be speakers, entertainment, informational booths and food trucks. The event is scheduled to go through 4 p.m.