some speakers come. That was really powerful, to hear their stories. And they had people walking around with a clipboard if you needed help registering to vote. It was a very positive event. Then they had a part at the end at the courthouse where we took ten minutes in honor of George Floyd’s death. Just a silence. That was really emotionally hard, but it was really powerful and cool to see everybody respect that.
LOUIS MOENCH, 19 SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
It started at city hall—the Santa Monica city hall and courthouse. Which is, you know, the courthouse to the stars—like, that’s where O.J. was tried— and a ton of my friends from high school were there. And everybody was masked. I was with my girlfriend. Well, the reason I went was because my girlfriend was like, “We should go.” Because it was a couple days after there was like conflict, really physical conflict in Santa Monica, in the downtown area, which I’ve been hanging out in since I was like six. It was in a little bit of a disarray. So there were a lot of boarded-up windows and stuff like that. And so we thought, you know, we should go—like, this is big. There hasn’t been, ever, in the history of Santa Monica, any kind of instability in that area. Like literally, like ever.
The promenade is where the real craziness happened—where they broke into an REI, which is hilarious. People were stealing camping gear. So we were like, this is obviously a major historical moment. Or at least that’s how I was feeling, like we should definitely go and partake and also, being on the left, like, I do support Black Lives Matter—at least, yeah, I do support them.
ALSA BRUNO, 30
Early on I went to this huge, poorly communicated protest in a big park. And when I drove up, there were police blocking me off, so I was like, okay, this might be a real protest. Then I realized the police were there to protect the protest. And then I realized, this is not a protest—this is a picnic. Like,