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.

Passengers cheer as the train approaches the Culver City Expo Station.
Despite the historic turnout, Women’s March organizers have faced criticism concerning the march’s vague platform and for barring pro-life supporters from partnering in the march.
Overlooking Pierching Square.
Spirits are high as demonstrators wait for the march to begin.
Personal space is a commodity as demonstrators flood the streets of downtown Los Angeles.
A few of the more daring demonstrators climb street posts, trees, and electronic road signs to rally the crowd.
Demonstrators shout at the back of the crowd to “Turn around! Turn around!” to break up the gridlock.
The march from Olive Street to City Hall starts at a shuffle at around 11:30 a.m., 90 minutes behind schedule.
A marching band sets up shop on the corner of 5th and Olive Street.
Protest signs are abandoned to the garbage bins at the 7th Street/Metro Center station.
After the march, westbound riders face minimum one-hour wait times at the 7th Street/Metro Center station.

Jordyn Gum is a Los Angeles-based documentary photographer, filmmaker, and freelance writer.