The Black Lives Matter protest in Santa Maria, California today went marching by my home, so I did what any self-respecting journalist would do and ran outside! My phone had enough battery for about 30 minutes of live streaming, which includes the march along Broadway back to the Santa Maria City Hall where protestors sat in the street to observe a moment of silence for George Floyd.
The demonstration was entirely peaceful, and the Santa Maria Police Department kept their distance even as protestors blocked traffic. I did a followup livestream on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/PoliticalPayne, hours later where a smaller group of younger people were still holding out.
Very fascinating day, and definitely the largest demonstration I’ve seen in Santa Maria during my time as both a reporter and an activist. Great to see my community demonstrating with pride and respect.
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