LOS ANGELES — Protesters smashing police cars, while some set the U.S. national flag on fire.
Then there were the looters shattering windows and emptying stores in downtown Santa Monica and Long Beach on Sunday, unfazed by the presence of National Guard troops patrolling Los Angeles County for the first time since the 1992 riots. Officials issued a county-wide 6pm curfew.
Fil-Am activists from the groups Af3irm and Kabataang maka-Bayan, or Pro-People Youth, were among those who took to the streets of Los Angeles — marching in solidarity with people who have had enough with police brutality and racial profiling.
They said the recent death of George Floyd should be a wake-up call for everyone.
“If you’re a non-black person this is your fight too.”
Members of KmB Pro-People Youth even got up close to one of the clashes in Los Angeles — which caused officials to impose curfews when businesses were set to reopen after weeks of shutdown due to the pandemic.
California assembly candidate Fil-Am Godfrey Plata took part in one of the area’s more peaceful protests.
“There’s no way to get to social justice in this country without justice for black folks. If we can’t create systems of care or safety for black folks then none of our actual communities are gonna get care or safety.”
In Northern California, Filipino activists groups like Gabriela USA took a different route, spreading their messages while on a convoy.
While some Filipinos took to the streets, others used their art or in some cases their star power to voice their opinion.
Sacramento-based artist Franceska Gamez put up this online tribute to George Floyd. She plans to band together with fellow Fil-Am community members to write an open letter on this continued fight for justice.