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Southern Californians prep for inauguration and marches




Stacks of security fencing are seen near the US Capitol in preparation for the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Stacks of security fencing are seen near the US Capitol in preparation for the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump January 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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With over 800,000 people estimated to attend Friday’s inauguration in D.C. and 200,000 expected to go to the Women’s March the next day, the capital is preparing itself for at least a million visitors.

As of Friday, 26 Democratic members of Congress said they will boycott the inauguration, and there’s been controversy surrounding the entertainment, with Jennifer Holliday most recently backing out of the event, while Toby Keith defended his decision to perform.

Meanwhile, the March will be a nationwide event, with 13,000 people planning to attend in Los Angeles, according to the event’s Facebook page.

Ben Clymer Jr. is an executive with the Body Shop & Collision Centers of Southern California. He was a Trump delegate, and he’s planning to attend. Clymer told KPCC’s AirTalk that he feels the boycotters may be making a mistake.

“I firmly believe in freedom of speech, and so those that want to boycott, I understand they have their convictions,” Clymer said. “I don’t know if that’s representing their constituents effectively, and I don’t know if it’s an effective message. Their voices aren’t at the table.”

Johanna Siegmann of Los Feliz will be one of those marching in an anti-Trump protest on Saturday. She says as a woman, it’s important for her to go.

“The president elect often says that no one respects women more than him, and yet on a daily basis, his actions say otherwise. So I’m going to march because I want us to be both seen and heard, and that we’re real people, and that our issues are everyone’s issues,” Siegman said.

You can listen to Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday on KPCC. Our live special coverage from NPR will begin at 7 a.m. You can also follow along on the KPCC app and our live stream.

In the meantime, let’s continue the conversation. What will you be doing on Inauguration Day? If you’re going to the inauguration or any of the protests, whether in D.C. or L.A., we want to hear from you – what are your plans and why are you going? And if not, what will you be doing instead?

Let us know in the comments or talk to us on Facebook or Twitter.

This story has been updated.