March 19 Protest Logistics: What You Need to Know

On the 8th Anniversary of the Iraq War
STOP THE WARS, FUND PEOPLE'S NEEDS

We Need Jobs & Education, Not War & Occupation!

Come together with thousands of people in Los Angeles on March 19 to stop the criminal U.S. wars abroad and the attacks on working people and students at home. There will be a march, rally, dramatic visuals, a symbolic contingent of coffins representing the victims of U.S. wars, music, speakers and a veterans-led civil resistance action.

This Saturday, March 19, 12 noon
Gather Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St., Los Angeles
(Between Vine & Ivar)
March to Hollywood and Highland for Rally
Map   Bus & Metro

Gather and opening rally: The plan for March 19. People will assemble at or before 12 noon on Hollywood Blvd. between Vine and Ivar in Los Angeles. There, we will have a brief rally with speakers and music before the march begins.

March route: We'll begin marching west on Hollywood Blvd. directly to Cahuenga. We'll go south on Cahuenga to Sunset. West on Sunset past the CNN building to Schrader. North on Schrader past the LGBT center to Hollywood Blvd. West on Hollywood to Highland in front of the Mann's Chinese Theatre. The march will be led by veterans and military families. There will also be mock coffins symbolizing those affected by U.S. wars, mock tombstones symbolizing the cuts to social services in the U.S., political floats and other important visual elements. 

Closing rally: After the march, there will be a major rally in front of the Chinese Theatre. The total march is around 1.5 miles long.

This anti-war march was initiated by the ANSWER Coalition. It is being built by a coalition of progressive groups in LA. The march and rally are fully permitted. Please bring your friends, family and everyone you know.

This page contains detailed logistical information for the March 19 protest in Los Angeles. Please read through the e-mail. Click on any of the links in the outline below to go to a particular portion of the message.

How to get to the Los Angeles Protest?

What You'll Need to Know on March 19

How You Can Get Involved

Car & Bike Caravans, Vanpools, "Peace Trains" Coming to Los Angeles

Transportation is being organized from many cities and towns throughout Southern California and the surrounding area. Click here for a list of some of the areas. Students on nearly 50 campuses are also mobilizing.

If you're organizing people from your area, e-mail us at [email protected] so we can help get the word out.

Driving Directions

For detailed driving directions to Hollywood and Vine from where you live, click here.

The following driving directions set forth how to get to Hollywood and Vine from various places in Southern California. Of course, there are other routes available. These are merely provided for your convenience.

  • From San Pedro and South LA: Take 110 North. Take 101 North freeway exit towards Hollywood. Several miles later, take the Hollywood Blvd. exit and go west on Hollywood Blvd. You can also exit on Sunset Blvd. (one exit before Hollywood).
  • From Pasadena: Take the 110 South to 101 North to the South to 110 South to the Hollywood Blvd. exit. Go west on Hollywood Blvd.
  • From Santa Monica: Take 10 East. Exit La Brea going North. Take La Brea to Hollywood Blvd. Turn right on Hollywood Blvd. Or Take the 10 East to the 405 North. Exit onto the 101 South toward Hollywood. Take the Hollywood Blvd. exit. Go west on Hollywood Blvd.
  • From San Bernardino: Take 10 West. The 10 West becomes the 101 North. Exit Hollywood Blvd. Go west on Hollywood Blvd.
  • From Orange County: Take 5 North. Merge onto 101 North. Exit Hollywood Blvd. Go west on Hollywood Blvd.
  • From Ventura, West San Fernando Valley and Burbank: Take 101 South. Exit Vine St. Turn right onto Vine. Turn left onto Hollywood one block later to find parking. 

Parking

Parking is relatively easy and inexpensive in Hollywood. Here are some parking ideas for people who are driving to get to the demonstration.

Near Hollywood and Vine

There is plenty of parking conveniently located near Hollywood and Vine. Street parking is available on Hollywood and on many side streets to the east of Vine.

There are open-air pay parking lots south of Hollywood Blvd. near Argyle. More pay lots are on Vine, just north of Hollywood Blvd. Parking runs from $5 to $10 for the whole day.

Several enclosed lots are reasonably priced. The Arclight Cinema lot on Sunset, just west of Vine is only two or three dollars with validation. The small shopping mall on the northwest corner of Sunset and Vine is also only several dollars with validation from the nearby Borders book store or Baja Fresh. Hollywood and Vine is just two blocks north of both of those lots. Map of the area around Hollywood and Vine.

Near Hollywood and Highland

You can also park near Hollywood and Highland and walk or take the Metro back to Vine. There are pay lots on most streets between Vine and Highland, just north of Hollywood Blvd. A large lot is on Las Palmas (1 blk east of Highland) just north of Hollywood Blvd. 

Parking in the Highland mall is very easy and cheap ($2.00 for 4 hours with validation). There are also pay lots north of Hollywood on Highland. Parking there runs from $5 to $10 for the whole day. After parking at any of those spots, you can walk back to Vine (15 min) or take the Hollywood and Highland Metro one stop east to Hollywood and Vine. Map of the area around Hollywood and Highland.

Transportation to & in Los Angeles

Public Transportation near the protest

The assembly point at Hollywood between Vine and Ivar is easily accessible by public transportation. You can get there by both Metro and bus.

Hollywood and Vine has its own Metro stop. It is on the Red Line. Union Station is also on the Red Line. 

For public transit directions from your starting location, click below to use the trip planner feature. Just enter your starting location and input Hollywood/Vine as your ending location, and you will receive detailed public transit directions: http://www.mta.net. This will tell you exactly what buses or rail lines to take, how long your trip will take and how much it will cost.

Buses travel directly to Hollywood and Vine on a regular basis from all different directions of the city.

Transportation to LA from far away

The following links to transit providers provide routes, fares, and information on how to purchase tickets to get to Los Angeles:

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Directions & Getting Back to Your Car

Car Drop-Off

The march assembly site is Hollywood between Vine and Ivar. Vans and car caravans can drop off passengers on Hollywood east of Vine and then park in an adjacent lot or on the street. There are parking lots on Hollywood and Argyle. Map of the area.

How to Get Back to Your Car

Hollywood and Highland is about 1 mile from Hollywood and Vine. To return to your car from Hollywood and Highland, you can walk east on Hollywood Blvd. or take the Metro one stop back to Hollywood and Vine.

If you prefer to use the trip planner feature on the Metro's website, click here: http://www.mta.net.

Housing/Hotels in Los Angeles

If you need to find housing or hotels in Los Angeles, visit LosAngeles.com. And below is a cheap hostel in Hollywood.

USA Hostels Hollywood
1624 Schrader Blvd, Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA
323-462-7777 or 800-524-6783
This hostel is less than 1 mile from Hollywood and Vine.

Other LA area hostels available as well: Hostels.com.

Medical

Health care workers will be on hand to assist with basic medical needs. Please remember to bring water, snacks and comfortable walking shoes. You will be on your feet and outside for several hours. If you are a health care worker or have first aid experience and would like to volunteer to help on March 19, call us at 213-251-1025 or e-mail [email protected] with MEDIC in the subject.

Media

Please direct media questions and requests for interviews to ANSWER at 213-251-1025. Interviews in English, Spanish, Arabic, Korean and Tagalog are available. You can also e-mail [email protected] with MEDIA in the subject. There will be a media check-in table at Hollywood and Ivar.

Weather

The weather for March 19 is projected to be warm and partly sunny with a high in the 60s. Rain or shine, we'll be marching on March 19.

What You Should Bring to the Protest

Bring snacks and water, and wear comfortable shoes since you'll be walking and standing for several hours. Also, bring appropriate gear to ensure that you are comfortable no matter what the weather is like. You may want to bring a hat and wear sun block. If you've been to an ANSWER protest before and have an ANSWER t-shirt or sign, wear it or bring it to the protest!

Food

There are numerous cafes and breakfast places in the area around Hollywood and Vine and, even more, around Hollywood and Highland. Coffee shops, fast food and pizza places abound near the Highland mall. Bring snacks and water in case you get hungry during the march.

Disabled Protesters

Everyone who wants to should be able to enjoy the March 19 event. Protesters with disabilities can drive or take the Metro or Buses to Hollywood and Vine as mentioned above. The forms of public transportation are accessible to all.

Additionally, there will be restroom facilities for disabled protesters. For people who cannot march, you can attend the main rally at Hollywood and Highland. Be there by 2pm for the rally. For questions, check in at the ANSWER volunteer table when you arrive.

Student, Labor and Other Contingents

There will be various organized contingents of protesters gathering near Hollywood and Vine for the protest.

Student Contingent: Meet on the south west corner of Hollywood and Vine at 11:30am by the Student banner. Click here to join the Student Contingent.

There will also be contingents representing the labor movement, the Latin American Anti-Imperialist Struggle, the Filipino people's struggle, the immigrant rights struggle, the struggle to end police violence and racism, the LGBT equality struggle, the women's liberation struggle and others.

Volunteers

To make this event a success, dozens of volunteers are needed to help out in many areas. If you would like to volunteer, fill out the online sign-up sheet. Help is needed for handing out literature and placards, doing march security, holding banners and more. On the day of the demonstration, check in at the ANSWER volunteer table (on the south side of Hollywood Blvd. between Vine and Ivar) at 11:00am. If you arrive later and want to volunteer, check in at the volunteer table when you get to the march. Volunteers will be needed both before and during the march.

Banners/Signs/Drummers

Many volunteers and helpers will be needed in this area, so please call 213-251-1025 or e-mail us at [email protected] to find out how you can help!

In addition, ANSWER is calling all progressive drummers to join the march. We need drummers to march with the Student Contingent and with the rest of the march. The Venice Drum Circle will be there, along with the San Fernando Drum Brigade. A vibrant contingent of drummers will greatly enhance the feel of the demonstration. Please contact us by phone or e-mail if you are a drummer and want to help mobilize others. The Youth & Student Contingent is gathering at the southwest corner of Hollywood and Vine at 11:30am.

Literature/Flyers/Leaflets

Download and copy the newest March 19 flyer. Please distribute this flyer as widely as possible before March 19. Take them to your school, work, community center and everywhere you go. Go door-to-door in your neighborhood and enlist support for the protest and anti-war movement. Help make a final outreach push before the demonstration!

Worksessions

The ANSWER logistics team will hold numerous work sessions to complete work in all of the above areas in preparation for March 19.

Final Workessions & Visibility, Thurs-Fri, March 17-18: The final worksessions before the march take place all day (10 am to 9 pm) on Thursday-Friday, March 15-18 at the ANSWER office, 137 N. Virgil Ave., #201, Los Angeles 90004. To volunteer or find out how you can help out, call 213-251-1025, or fill out the online sign-up sheet.

Also, take time off to build the protest. If you have vacation time available or if you can miss a class this week, come into the office to donate your time and energy to build the demonstration. There is much to do in the days leading up to the protest. Please make an extra effort to help out if you can.

Having an Information/Vendor Table at the Rally

Information Table: Progressive nonprofit social justice organizations will have information tables at the rally near Hollywood and Highland. The nonprofit donation for having a table at the March 19 protest is $50.00. This payment goes towards the enormous logistical costs of the march. You must bring your own table up to 6 feet in length. Table placement in the designated table area is first come, first serve. Set up on Hollywood between Highland and Orange on the north side of the street. You can do this starting at 10:30am. At this time or afterward, check in at the ANSWER Coalition table or the stage on for information on where you will be able to set up your table. It is strongly recommended that you make a reservation and donation in advance. You can make a reservation and donate in advance by credit card by calling 213-251-1025. A Reservation Organizer will also check in with you at the rally so you can pay your fee if you have not.

Vendor Table: All commercial sales must be approved, call 213-251-1025. The donation for commercial sales is $100.00 (at minimum), unless you have worked out a pre-approved percentage of your sales with the organizers. This rate does not apply to food vendors.

You can also mail your donation for a table with a note indicating what organization you are from to: ANSWER, 137 N. Virgil Ave., #201, Los Angeles, CA 90004. Or make a donation here.

Donate to Make March 19 a Success

The ANSWER Coalition is the organization that has assumed full responsibility for the costs of the stage, sound, and setup at the March 19 anti-war protest in Los Angeles. The cost of the march is $5,000 dollars. Please help the ANSWER Coalition meet these expenses.

Click here to make a contribution to ANSWER by credit card.

You can also make credit card donations over the phone at 213-251-1025. Donations by check should be sent to ANSWER, 137 N. Virgil Ave., #201, Los Angeles, CA 90004. Checks of $50 or more are tax deductible and should be made out to ANSWER/Progress Unity Fund.

What is the ANSWER Coalition?

The ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) formed on Sept. 14, 2001. It is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and prominent individuals and scores of organizing centers in cities and towns across the country. Its national steering committee represents major national organizations that have campaigned against U.S. intervention in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia, and organizations that have campaigned for civil rights and for social and economic justice for working and poor people inside the United States. Find out more about ANSWER and its important work at www.AnswerLA.org.

For more info call 213-251-1025, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.AnswerLA.org.


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