SAN DIEGO, CA — Protesters held peaceful gatherings and marches Saturday through the streets of Coronado, downtown San Diego and in Pacific Beach.
At least 300 students and parents from Coronado Unified School District gathered in Spreckles Park to speak about the issue of racism, according to protest organizer and parent Anne Edwardson. The group then marched through the streets of Coronado for about an hour.
Edwardson said she's been battling school board members for years to get them to do something about minority students being treated badly by teachers and other students. She said it's going to take a lot of pressure on the school administration to get them to listen to complaints about racism on campuses.
"We've been brushed off for so long," Edwardson said, noting that the group planned to prepare online comments to present to the school board at their next meeting on Thursday.
In downtown San Diego, the Party for Socialism and Liberation - San Diego and other activist groups hosted a "March & Rally: Defund the Police. Fund the People!" that began at noon in front of the San Diego County Administration Center along the San Diego Bay waterfront and marched in the street down North Harbor Drive.
Also at noon, a youth-led protest was held in Pantoja Park in downtown San Diego.
A Black Lives Matter protest began at 2 p.m. in Pacific Beach Community Park and protesters marched to Bonita Cove at West Mission Bay Drive.
Of the gatherings and marches in San Diego, SDPD Officer Tony Martinez said, "There were no disturbances. Everything's been peaceful so far."
—City News Service