Words. Kody Stoebig and Miguel Bibanco.
Photos. Jarrett Ramones.
For the last week, Fres.co, a grassroots space for conscious cultural workers, movement builders, entrepreneurs, and artists, opened their doors to the community to create banners and signs in preparation for the Trump administrations inauguration Friday morning.
The banner-making and protests reflect Fres.co’s desire to show that their is a presence of resistance in the Central Valley. Lilia Becerril, who joined Fres.co Wednesday evening, said she came out to show that our community has strength when it is united.
“We’ve faced enough racism as undocumented people and we’ve had enough. We can’t keep doing the same thing. It’s not right. What are we going to leave our children? What will their future be? Right now we are working hard so that president elect Trump will notice that the community has strength when it comes together, that we are the voice of the people and he won’t be able to dive us easily when we come together,” said Becerril.
Mayahuel Garcia, 17, a member of Californians For Justice (CFJ), also joined the artists at Fres.co to protest Donald Trump, specifically education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. Garcia says DeVos poses a real threat to schools and the students CFJ works for.
See and hear more from Fres.co and the community members who made banners below: