LOS ANGELES, CA-Members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) officially walked off the job at their respective schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and hit the streets on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, braving the rain and dreary weather conditions as they seek remedies to classroom overcrowding, a need for an upgrade in pay and public safety, and the need for more professional services, including more counselors and nurses.
LAUSD, the second-largest public school district in the United States, has an estimated 640,000 students. The district is dealing with its first work stoppage since 1989. According to its Facebook page, UTLA has over 33,000 educators it counts among its membership. Photographer Mark Hammond captures the essence of the UTLA strike during the first three days of the movement through the lens of his camera.