Hoodline – Thousands gathered on Ocean Beach this morning to send a clear message from the Bay Area to President Trump. A diverse crowd of people stood on the beach to form the word “RESIST” along with two exclamation points.
The activists then stepped forward to the edge of the Pacific Ocean to form a “wall of protection” for refugees—meant to be a statement against the wall the president intends to build on the US-Mexico border.
People began gathering on the beach at 10:30am. Some using their own feet, volunteers began to etch the message into the sand. People then chose a letter and stood inside as drones, timed to photograph the formation at noon, flew overhead.
The event, dubbed Resist Trump—NOW!, was organized by Brad Newsham, who, in 2007, organized a similar Ocean Beach action calling for the impeachment of then-President Bush.
“I’m here as part of the resistance,” Joy D’Ovidio told Hoodline as she joined the formation. “I’m here to protect human rights, civil rights and social justice for all. And to be a beacon for those around the world. We are not like anybody who is in the executive branch of government.”
D’Ovidio carried a painting of a woman with a bow and arrow. “Resist” was written through the center of the canvas. The piece was created by Robert Hunt, who teaches at the California College of the Arts, she said.