Long Beach activists celebrate projected Biden victory, urge continued action

Local activist groups rallied outside the Long Beach Civic Center, Saturday, celebrating the projected win of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 presidential election as well as urging participants to continue their activism while keeping politicians accountable.

“We don’t stop,” Audrena Redmond, Black Live Matter Long Beach activist, said as cold winds and rain pummeled the estimated 80 demonstrators that participated. “We’ve got to revel because we did it.”

Redmond credited the work of her organization saying it brought activism and awareness to topics of systemic racism in Long Beach and other parts of the county—referencing the protests that erupted after the death of George Floyd earlier this year. Sheila Bates and other members of Black Lives Matter said they celebrated when District Attorney Jackie Lacey conceded in her contentious race with attorney George Gascón.

Speakers asked attendees to connect with local activist groups and to get involved in their work, though several said they would savor the Biden news, if only for a little while. An attendee who identified herself as Beverly Z said she was happy to see Biden projected as the next president.

“I’m elated—just feeling happy again,” she said. “I know there’s work to do, but we can celebrate today.”

Neighborhoods across Long Beach celebrated Biden’s projected victory with cheers, car horns and the now familiar, and loud, fireworks.

Local activist groups converge outside City Hall in Long Beach to rally after Joe Biden’s projected presidential victory, while also urging supporters to continue to hold local politicians accountable. Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry.

Activist groups rally outside Long Beach City Hall on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry.

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Sebastian Echeverry is the North Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of his grant-funded position with the Long Beach Post. If you want to support Sebastian's work, you can donate to his Report for America position at lbpost.com/support.