A crowd of more than 600 mobbed the Westgate intersection on Saturday morning to raise their voices in protest against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for immigration law enforcement, a policy that has separated thousands of families since it began in June of this year.
The event was organized by local activist and mom Kelsey Foster.
“I got the idea to do this about a week ago, and put a notice up on Facebook,” she said. “From there it just spread by word of mouth. Having a local event makes it easy for families to participate, and just look at this amazing turnout. And even for the folks just driving by, it’s important for our neighbors to see that their neighbors care enough to come out and make their voices heard. ”
Local elected officials attending included State Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds), Edmonds City Council President Mike Nelson and City Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas.
“This is very encouraging, and it comes at a time when we’re seeing very discouraging stuff in lots of places,” Nelson said. “This is a healthy thing for democracy. It’s not partisan politics. People see a wrong and they want to point it out. It’s part of the bedrock of what America is.”
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel