While President Trump played golf on Saturday, people gathered for events protesting his immigration policies in 780 events nationwide, covering all 50 states and 85% of the congressional districts in the county.
Counts included 35,000 in Washington DC, over 60,000 in Chicago, 30,000 in New York and San Francisco, and 55,000 in Los Angeles.
The downtown San Diego rally, starting at Waterfront Park had roughly 4,000 people show up. Over 300 came to make their voices heard in deep red Temecula. North County Mall in Escondido reported 270 people.
The City of Carlsbad threatened a rally organizer with six months in jail because more than 50 people rsvp’d and she didn’t pull a permit. Most folks went to other actions in the region, about 400 few stayed behind to protest anyway. the police ended up being cool about it.
From the Union-Tribune‘s coverage:
As the marches took shape Saturday from coast to coast, Trump took to Twitter to comment on the issue of the day.
“When people come into our Country illegally, we must IMMEDIATELY escort them back out without going through years of legal maneuvering,” he wrote in the tweet. “Our laws are the dumbest anywhere in the world. Republicans want Strong Borders and no Crime. Dems want Open Borders and are weak on Crime!”
At Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego, several thousand people rallied before marching down Harbor Drive, chanting, “This is what democracy looks like.” Young marchers had their own chant: “We are what the future looks like.”
At the Huffington Post:
Dozens of activist organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, MoveOn and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, came together to organize the protests, which included more than 600 events on what was a sweltering hot Saturday in much of the country.
At the main event in Washington, D.C., organizers said around 30,000 showed up to hear celebrity and activist speakers including Lin-Manuel Miranda before marching to the White House. (The president was away at his golf resort in New Jersey.) In Boston, thousands of demonstrators heard from Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D) and Ed Markey (D), while, on the opposite coast, Chrissy Teigen introduced husband John Legend while holding her infant son before a crowd in downtown Los Angeles.
From the Los Angeles Times:
“What’s next? Concentration Camps?” one marcher’s sign read. “I care, do you?” read another, referencing a jacket the first lady wore when visiting child migrants amid the global furor over the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy that forced the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents. Her jacket had “I really don’t care. Do you?” scrawled across the back, and that message has become a rallying cry for Saturday’s protesters.
“We care!” marchers shouted outside City Hall in Dallas. Organizer Michelle Wentz says opposition to the administration’s “barbaric and inhumane” policy has seemed to cross political party lines. Marchers carried signs that read, “Compassion not cruelty” and “November is coming.”
In New York City, thousands began chanting, “Shame!” and singing, “Shut detention down!” before their planned march across the Brooklyn Bridge.
A Gallery of Pictures from San Diego (Photos by Doug Porter, unless otherwise noted)
UPDATE: An photo of Escondido protesters on June 30 was inserted by mistake. It has been deleted. We regret the error.
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