Black Lives Matter Protests Around the Bay Images of a moment in a movement

| Joe Livernois


Photographs by David Royal, Raúl Ebio and Joe Livernois

Around the Monterey Bay area, protestors and marchers have been coming together peacefully after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked similar rallies all over the country.

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On June 7 in Santa Cruz, participants in drag held “Stonewall Meets the Sea,” a silent march in conjunction with Pride Month to honor Floyd and others killed by police. Members of the local LGBTQ+ community and supporters walked from Mission Plaza to Cowell’s Beach.

“Protest politics are deeply ingrained into the LGBTQ+ history of America,” organizers said in a Facebook Post. “On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a meeting place for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. When they demanded to do sex verification checks on trans women, a spontaneous protest broke out. At the forefront of those protests were trans women of color, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Pride itself owes its very existence to a riot, and it took radical acts of change to just start the conversation about LGBTQ+ issues in America, a conversation that continues to this day. ”


A June 6 protest was multicultural and bilingual, with Aztec danzantes and many marchers carrying signs saying “Las vidas negras importan.” Raúl Ebio took these photos of the Black Lives Matter March and Rally at Callaghan Park on June 6. Around 300 attended. More of his photos from that day can be seen here.


More than 1,000 people showed up on the lawn in front of Monterey City Hall on June 9 to demonstrate and honor the life of George Lloyd. The group also rallied around the push to re-appropriate local funds from police departments to other departments. Following a series of spoken-word performances and original poems, the crowd marched peacefully through Monterey, wending its way down Alvarado Street, and then down Lighthouse Avenue and Cannery Row. Photos by Joe Livernois.

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