North Long Beach community rallies against bar after crash that killed father and daughter

On Saturday afternoon, more than 75 people showed up to the 6600 block of Rose Avenue to make a statement against Bottoms Up Tavern whose owner said that Octavio Islas was at the bar having a couple of beers the night of the deadly crash. The bar lies less than 250 feet from the Palacios home, where a vigil now lays remembering Samantha and Jose—the hole in the wall from the impact, still covered with plywood.

United Church of Christ Organizes Rallies, Protests While in Long Beach for Conference

On Thursday, they began to arrive in Long Beach by the thousands–progressive Christians from the United Church of Christ, in town for their denomination’s biennial national conference. And by Tuesday when their General Synod is complete, UCC members will have organized at least three rallies in support of marriage equality and immigration reform and performed one gay marriage during their time at the Long Beach Convention Center.