November 7, 2020Press Release
Los Angeles — More than 5,000 people took to the LA streets today – nurses, educators, students, parents, essential workers, truck drivers, caregivers, public employees and so many others — in the wake of a Biden victory and to demand that Trump end his toxic rhetoric and commit to a peaceful transfer of power.
“Biden’s victory strengthens our resolve to uphold the will of the people and stop Trump’s threat to delegitimize the votes of Black and Brown people. Justice is on our side,” said UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz addressing a cheering crowd. “You showed us what democracy looks like when we come together with a single mission of voting Trump out of office. Trump has stated he will not concede the presidency. At what point do we stand up and fight for what is right? And I would say right now. Right now y’all! We intend to defend democracy and demand Trump concedes.”
Thousands of people carrying banners, signs and flags marched through the streets with a message of hope and resolve to continue to fight to ensure democracy prevails in the face of a sitting president who has said he does not intend to accept the results of the election.
Speakers relayed three vital demands: That every vote be counted & the process takes place without interference, intimidation or violence; that Trump respects the election results and the will of the people and that he commits to a peaceful transition of power.
BLM LA co-founder Melina Abdullah also addressed the crowd gathered at Pershing Square. “What we voted for was removing the most racist, repressive, violent and most vile occupant of the White House we’ve seen in our lifetimes,” Abdullah said. “Biden’s win is a testament to the power of the people.”
The march was put on by a broad-based coalition that includes labor unions, community organizations, youth and student groups and advocacy organizations including ACCE, AFSCME 3299, Bend the Arc, Black Lives Matter – LA, California Faculty Association, CHIRLA, CLUE, Community Coalition, DSA-LA, East Side Jews Activist Collective, Extinction Rebellion, Ground Game LA, If Not Now LA, Inner City Struggle, Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance, LA County Federation of Labor, LA VOICE / PICO, LAANE, Left Roots, Never Again Action – LA, NUHW, POWER LA, Roofers Local 36, SAJE, SCLC, SCOPE LA, SEIU 721, SEIU USWW, SEIU 99, Sierra Club LA, Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center, Students Deserve, Sunrise LA, Trans Latina Coalition, UAW Local 2865, UFCW Local 770, UNITE HERE Local 11, UTLA, NUHW and others.