It was an honor being requested by Mijente and other frontline immigration organizations to help lead them in the creative process for their direct action to wall off the hate, racism and xenophobia of Trump during his acceptance of the Republican Presidential Nomination in Cleveland.
Many people of color and others demonstrated against Donald Trump near the site of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in downtown Cleveland on the third day of the 2016 convention.
Many locals stayed away from downtown due to the fear of violent clashes with white supremacists, nazis and also due to the unwelcome presence of militarized police, NSA, CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, Secret Service, private security and all the other oppressive acronyms. Despite such a high concentration of government, we deployed in the middle of it all, within the belly of the beast.
The government and law enforcement agencies that were physically present were on high alert anticipating and looking for an actual physical wall to be erected… what they weren’t expecting to be deployed was our culture – in the form of our bodies, ponchos and also banners filled with frontline messaging.
We were able to effectively block most of the entrances with a half mile wall to contain the racism of Donald Trump and his supporters inside. A special shoutout to Iraq Veterans Against the War who provided security for us allowing us to have space between us and the media, police and pro-Trump supporters.