Los Angeles site of March 5 rally and march
By Bree Davis
International Women’s Day is a global celebration to recognize the women of the world. Af3irm, a leading political feminist organization that has many chapters throughout of California, is the organization that put the march together in downtown Los Angeles this year. The focus of the March 5 celebration was different issues among transnational women of color.
The rally started out strategically in front of the Downtown L.A. Police Department with speakers and musicians. Supporters of the #blacklivesmatter movement were there and even went as far as to call out the LAPD and their racist police officers and how racial profiling needs to end. Other people came to talk and support the trans+ community, Muslim community, Asian community, and reproductive justice, along with other issues that face women of color.
My name is Bree and I a single mom of a soon to be a 4 year old. I am a Korean adoptee in a White family and have struggled with finding my own personal self identity over the years. I am currently a Senior at SDSU working on a Women’s Studies Degree. I am an activist, and feminist and photographer and I love it when I am able to combine all three together in times like these and use my photography skills to document amazing events such as the International Women’s Day-L.A.
This was my first kind of march like that and I brought my almost four year old daughter along with me. I went with SDSU and the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). We took a charter bus up to LA for the day and a total of 42 of us went, rain and all.
It was pouring down rain when we departed SDSU, however we got lucky that by the time we reached LA, the sky had cleared up. You could feel the energy and excitement flowing through everyone that was attending.
We marched from the LAPD headquarters over through downtown, stopped in front of the Detention Center, then finished our march on the Caesar Chavez Bridge. Hundreds of people showed up to this march and rally and every person there had her own personal reasons for showing up. It was an amazing experience and I definitely plan on attending next year.