Politics

Women's strike protest comes to downtown LA

File: Protesters gather for the Women's March in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, before heading to L.A. City Hall.
File: Protesters gather for the Women's March in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, before heading to L.A. City Hall.
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The International Women’s Strike protest in downtown Los Angeles aims to send a message that women's issues should not be ignored, organizers say. It's expected to draw hundreds of demonstrators on Wednesday evening to the L.A. federal building.

“[We’re here for] women who have been detained, deported, displaced or homeless,” Nancy Berlin, a local organizer for the strike, told KPCC. “We’re here to make a lot of noise, and to be in solidarity with women all over the world who are struggling in these very hard times.”

The strike was initially called for by women’s rights organizers in Argentina and Poland in October 2016 to coincide with this year's International Women's Day, according to the strike's website. It takes place less than two months after the record-setting Women's March on Washington, which also had large turnouts in cities including L.A.

The strike protest is occurring in coordination with similar events in 50 other countries, according to the International Women's Strike website. It follows an International Women's Day rally at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

Issues being focused on at the women's strike protest include immigration, health care accessibility and equal pay for women, Berlin said.

On the event’s Facebook page, organizers encouraged attendees to bring whistles and noisemakers. The page says women who can’t make the strike because they can’t leave work should wear red and “make some noise” wherever they are when the protest event begins at 6 p.m.

“Oh yeah, we’re going to be loud,” Berlin said.