Here's Your Guide To Saturday's Families Belong Together March In LA

Protesters gather during a rally in front of the Miramar ICE detention facility on the National Day of Action for Children on June 1, 2018 in Miramar, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The news about children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border has sparked outrage nationwide — and on Saturday, people are taking action. Here's what you need to know about the protest in downtown L.A.

WHAT IS IT?

The "Families Belong Together" protests are a nationwide, organized demonstration against President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy at the border. Protesters are aiming to send a message to the administration to end the policy and reunite parents who have already been separated from their children. The organizers have provided a helpful summary of their message and intent.

So who's running this thing? "Families Belong Together" is organized by MoveOn, and sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union, National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Leadership Conference. There are more than 700 Families Belong Together events happening across the country Saturday. Here's a list of all the protests happening outside of L.A.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO SEE IN L.A.?

First: crowds. As you might remember with the Women's March in 2017, L.A. had huge swaths of people flow into DTLA to show their support of the cause. More than 19,000 people have marked themselves "interested" on the Facebook event page for L.A. (The ACLU predicts that more than 300,000 people will be marching in Washington, D.C., so, you know, it'll be crowded.)

The march starts at 11 a.m. at City Hall and will end at 3 p.m. Organizers are asking attendees to wear white, as a visual statement and as a way of showing solidarity among protesters.

WHAT'S THE ROUTE?

Before the march officially starts, people will assemble on 1st St between Hill and Spring Streets, and on Broadway between 3rd St and 1st St.

The planned route is a total of 0.7 miles. The march will start in front of City Hall, at the intersection of Spring St. and 1st St., and continue down 1st toward Alameda St. It will turn left on Alameda St and end in front of the Federal Detention Center.

The LAPD will be stationed throughout the streets that the march will take place on, and on side streets that will be blocked off.

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT TRAFFIC?

It'll be congested. The following streets will be blocked off:

  • Main St., from 3rd St. to 1st St.
  • Los Angeles St., from 3rd to Temple St.
  • San Pedro St., from 3rd to Temple St.
  • 2nd St., from Hill St. to Spring St.
  • 1st St., from Hill St. to Vignes St.
  • Alameda St., from Cesar E. Chavez Ave. to 3rd ST
  • Temple St., from Los Angeles st to Garey St
  • Broadway, from Temple St. to 3rd St.
  • Spring St., from Temple St. to 2nd St.

You can see the map of traffic closures here.

KPCC/LAist reporter Leslie Berestein-Rojas will reporting and tweeting live from the march on Saturday. You can follow all her updates on Twitter at @Multi_American.