Put together by the California Environmental Justice Coalition and a host of co-sponsors, protesters gathered outside the EPA office in San Francisco at 75 Hawthorne. At least a half dozen police were perched across the street with several officers positioned in front of the building to keep traffic flowing. Everybody mingled about for a while talking amongst themselves, the event officially slated to begin at noon.
A cart rigged with two megaphones attached to a microphone was hauled to the base of the stairs, acting as center stage for the rally. Instinctively, the crowd gathered in a circle and listened to each speaker, while a few demonstrators remained facing the street and waving signage to passing cars. As is usual with protests in the Bay Area, there was more disdain and comments against President Trump peppered in throughout the rally about climate change.
There were several children present for the rally as well, a few of them holding signs that made KKK references and a “not my cheeto” [sic] sign. These kids looked like elementary school students, and sometimes I wonder if they even fully comprehend what they are saying when they are brought to these demonstrations by their parents. Two members of the Gila River Indian Community were also present. Leading a prayer to the rally and then followed by a blessing alongside the Mojave Indian elders.