On The Corner of 6th and Olive: From the Streets of Women’s March LA
It’s 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, and there’s already a line forming in front of the TAP vending machine at Santa Monica’s 17th Street station.
“Do you know how to work one of these things?” an older woman asks the couple behind her, gesturing to the screen as it prompts her to choose between buy or refill. “I’ve never ridden the Expo before.”
Minutes later, with the plastic card purchased and filled — “You only really need to put on like $5.00,” the young man assures her — she steps onto the platform, joining the other pink-clad, poster-toting passengers waiting for the eastbound train.
She’s one of the reported 750,000 women, men, and children that marched through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, January 21, as advocates for unity, equity, and justice.
Here are a few of the other 749,999.
Jordyn Gum is a Los Angeles-based documentary photographer, filmmaker, and freelance writer.
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