On Saturday, Buffalo authorities said 18-year-old Payton Gendron, who lives in a city more than 200 miles from the shooting location, drove to a supermarket in a historically Black neighborhood and shot and killed 10 people, almost all of them Black.
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.
About 150 protesters marched from the Harvey Milk Park to the federal building on 501 West Ocean Boulevard chanting, “Robert, Robert what’s your price?/ LBPD works with ICE” among other things.
The groups will also be protesting the “carve-outs” made in the Long Beach Values Act of 2018, which is the resolution that first aligned itself with the state’s sanctuary bill that banned local law enforcement from coordinating with federal immigration officers.
It was a peaceful rally but many were prepared for the worst because of a now-deleted Facebook event that sparked fears white nationalists were coming to Long Beach.
Police said they “will not tolerate acts of violence” in the community and will arrest anyone “involved in criminal behavior.”
Following a successful and peaceful protest in front of the Long Beach courthouse last week, P.E.A.C.E. (Protect Everyone America Created Equally) founder Arlana Walton has announced a justice rally for Manuel Diaz and Oscar Grant this Wednesday in front of City Hall.
Arlana Walton heard the George Zimmerman verdict and, like many, felt enraged; not only because of the inherent race problems she sees pervading the legal justice system, but because of the lack of knowledge about that system that is equally pervasive in minority communities.
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.
Nearly 200 people marched from the Pacific Coast Campus of Long Beach City College all the way to City Hall Wednesday in an effort to inform the community about a student-led recall of four trustees in the wake of program discontinuance.