By Frank Gormlie / OBRag
About a hundred supporters of besieged Mayor Filner held a brief rally and march in the Civic Center Plaza Monday, followed by a press conference.
Most of the speakers were women or were people of color – and most criticized the trial in the press of the mayor that is going on in San Diego’s mainstream media.
Other speakers talked of Filner’s history and record in the civil rights movement, that this was a time of healing and patience.
Organized by immigration activist Enrique Morones and others to demonstrate their push-back against the calls for recall and resign that Filner has had over the last month, Morones introduced each speaker, carefully spelling their names for the press.
A dozen TV cameras had been set up – as this was “news” – Filner supporters showing their faces. Unfortunately, the presser organizers did not organize their own microphone or speaker system, so much of was said was not well heard by people surrounding the gaggle of cameras and reporters and supporters.
One anti-Filner man with two signs loudly protested the event. His signs demeaning Filner because he was a progressive and “Marxist” hinted at the guy’s own agenda.
Today’s rally and presser had been quickly thrown together to show support for Filner. A good number of organizers of the event were from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – the organizing meeting had been held in OB in a private residence.
Some of the notable speakers were Kathy Harmon, a long-time civil rights activist in San Diego, and Floyd Morrow, the longest-serving city councilmember of San Diego