In San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Chula Vista, downtown San Diego, and Escondido, people throughout the region this weekend raised their voices in opposition to the zero tolerance and family separation policies of the Trump administration.
At 9 am on Saturday, people began gathering in San Diego’s Community Concourse. By 10am, the place was jammed, and police blocked off Third Street to handle the overflow crowds. After a couple of hours of speaks and music, the crowd marched down Broadway to Front Street and rallied in front of the Federal Building housing the ICE offices for San Diego. Local media estimates of the crowd size put it north of 5000 people.
I’ve been going to demonstrations for five decades, and this was one of the best organized I’ve ever seen. It started on time, the public address system was actually good enough to cover the whole area, and the security people were friendly, well organized and helpful.
There was also a demonstration in Escondido on Saturday morning. And one in Chula Vista in the afternoon at the Border Patrol headquarters. Crowds gathered outside the “detainment facility” in Otay Mesa, and their chants were responded to from inside the prison.
Photo Gallery One (Downtown, by Doug Porter)
Photo Gallery 2 (Downtown by Doug Porter)
Photo Gallery 3 (Downtown, by Doug Porter)
Photo Gallery 4 (Escondido, Credit San Diego Indivisible)
Photo Gallery 5 (San Ysidro, Credit San Diego Indivisble)