By Bree Davis
I’m Bree and I had the privilege and honor to attend and support the Black Lives Matter: San Diego rally in downtown San Diego outside of the Convention Center on July 10. It was strategically timed so we would be meeting and marching as the All Star Convention was opening it’s doors. Black Lives Matter: San Diego is not yet an official chapter, however they are working hard on becoming one, so hopefully soon this will happen.
Around 100 people came to support and show solidarity. Spoken word regarding why we were there kicked off the rally. The Convention Center was hopping with all sorts of people there for the All Star convention, and as soon as the spoken word started, some of the crowd stopped in their tracks to listen in. After the spoken word, we started to walk downtown. You could feel the energy and emotions flowing through the group. We started chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police” along with a couple other chants.
As we were marching downtown, people were stopping and watching us, some would honk or raise their fist in solidarity and even a couple people joined in on the march. We ended up on the other side of Petco Park. Part of this peaceful march was to gather together and to show that law enforcement and BLM are not against each other. Just because you are pro BLM, does not mean you are anti police. BLM is against violent, racist law enforcement.
The police officers were talking with our group beforehand, and escorted us through the walk. They even stopped and talked to the kids, giving them stickers, my 4 year old daughter included. Overall, this experience was very rewarding, and I think it is one of many steps in trying to create change that the BLM is so desperately wanting for their families and loved ones.
Bree Davis is an activist, feminist and photographer.