“I’m visiting from Florida and I wondered, is something go on here today?”
That was what one woman asked us when she observed several hundred people milling around on Ocean Beach at 11am this morning. The answer was yes, we were participating in a protest called Resist Trump – Now!, organized by San Franciscan Brad Newsham.
“This is a PEACEFUL, family-friendly rally open to all citizens and other humans of all visa and immigration statuses who would like to see the current President (and his whole administration) ushered out of the White House immediately,” Newsham wrote on the event’s Facebook page.
The objective was simple – gather enough people together to spell out, with our bodies, the word RESIST, in the sands of Ocean Beach. Newsham has organized similar protests in the past.
People began to gather and fill up the outlines of the letters. By 12 noon when the helicopter arrived overhead to shoot the scene, Newsham estimates 4,000 people were on the beach. That was enough overflow to form a second exclamation mark and an underline for emphasis. One of the exclamation marks was bright pink, thanks to being filled by women from Codepink.
Chants of “This is what democracy looks like!” and “Resist!” reverberated throughout the crowd as the helicopter took the overhead photos and video. Newsham spends $1,000 per hour on the helicopter for the event.
After forming the letters, all participants walked to the shore’s edge to form a human(e) wall.
— Dhyana Levey (@dhyanalevey) February 12, 2017