The “Love Trumps Hate Solidarity Network” Commits to Counter-Protest at Trump’s San Diego Rally
Frank Gormlie / OB Rag
Two-dozen San Diegans met at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest last night, May 16th, and formed the skeleton of a local anti-Trump emergency response network.
So, once it’s announced that the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee is coming to town, a coalition has already began organizing a counter-protest. The same if Trump waits to visit San Diego until after he is nominated, San Diegans are getting ready now.
Called together by a well-known group, Activist San Diego, and chaired by Martin Eder, a long-time mobilizer for that organization, the meeting included at least one Republican, a bunch of socialists, Democrats, Bernie supporters, a Green Party person, a few independents, some just curious — and yours-truly, the rep from the OB Rag / SD Free Press.
It was clear about a half hour into the gathering that there was an overall consensus something had to done when Donald Trump stages a campaign rally here — and it was an unspoken assumption that he would be coming to this town at some point.
The vast majority of those in attendance committed themselves to organizing something in solidarity with all those who are being attacked by Trump and to confront him peacefully when he comes to San Diego. The group decided that it would be initially in the form of an emergency response network that would jump into action once it’s known when and where Trump would be.
A name for the network was voted upon: the “Love Trumps Hate Solidarity Network“. Demonstrators at recent political events had chanted “Love trumps hate!” and enough people at the meeting liked it as part of the coalition’s title.
Some tasks were divided up, and the groundwork began for San Diegans to show the country and the world that a lot of Americans oppose Trump.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, May 23rd, site TBA. Read us for future announcements.