“The dude just started calling around downtown businesses that were affected financially by the riots—all out of kindness and love for his community. It gave me goosebumps.”
Protests run in opposition to what has been ordered by public health officers: do not gather. So why are protesters doing it?
The protest, “Push for Peace,” was organized by Devan Romo and local underground news platform The Daily Diddi.
“He said ‘I want to apologize for what I did. I just told him ‘You need to get out, I’m with a client right now.”
“In a messed up way, we have to thank the vandal for giving us the opportunity to make the mural better, bigger and now graffiti protected.”
There was an awful moment Sunday for Leocadio Vazquez-Lopez when his happiness with the anti-police brutality protest suddenly turned to deep anxiety.
“What do we have to do to get people’s attention that it has to stop? We cannot be killed and gunned down in the streets like animals.”
Throughout Monday, Downtown was busy with volunteer cleanup crews, brooms and dustpans in hand, in what seemed a constant search for things to pick up or clean.
These images reflect a city in turmoil.
Small business owners, private citizens, activists, clergy and volunteers recounted Sunday’s events, events that affected them directly.