Thursday, July 21, 2016

Activists Build a Wall for Trump in Cleveland

Anti-Trump Activists Form a Human Wall Outside the RNC

Pro-immigrant groups and other progressive protesters rebuke the Republican nominee.

By Joshua Alvarez, In These Times
July 20, 2016

CLEVELAND—The morning after Donald J. Trump officially became the Republican candidate for President of the United States on a platform promising a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, activists in Cleveland, Ohio built a wall of their own.

About 150 protestors arrived in Public Square and distributed canvas tarps painted with bricks and fencing, with the words “Wall Off Trump.” The canvas, which stretched 2,000 feet, was cut into both long chunks and individual ponchos that participants draped over themselves.

From the square they marched, chanting and singing, to the convention, surrounded by a swarm of media that threatened to outnumber the activists themselves. Upon arriving near the barricaded entrance to the convention, they stretched out into a single file line and held hands or linked arms and formed a painted human wall that stretched down the block.[...]

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July 20 Updates from #WallOffTrump Protest at the RNC

By Mijente
July 20, 2016

In response to Trump’s insults, threats and his promises of mass deportation and building a border wall to separate neighbors, communities are travelling to Cleveland to give him a wall of their own.

“If Trump is set on building a wall. We’re going to give it to him,” explains Marisa Franco, director of Mijente. “But we’ll be walling off his hate. We won’t go quietly as he campaigns to put us back in the closet, back across the border, or to the back of the bus.”

Eva Cardenas of the Ruckus Society added, “Standing with front-line communities to create a line of defense against Trump’s hate and racism is all of our responsibility. We’re not just sending a message against Trump, we’re calling on everyone to stand up and take responsibility for the future of this country.”[...]

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