The Republican National Convention got quite the surprise guest: a massive banner wall. Multiple organizations teamed up with Mijente to create a wall long enough to wrap around Public Square, near Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention is taking place. Here’s what went down.
The first thing that protesters did was cut off the entrance to the Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Republican National Convention.
— Erika Almiron (@ErikaAlmironNiz) July 20, 2016
The “wall” consisted of several sheets stitched together to make one long banner wall.
— UnitedWeDream.org (@UNITEDWEDREAM) July 20, 2016
As you can see, all the sheets were covered in “bricks” and “chainlink fences” with the words “Wall Off Trump” prominently displayed.
Seriously, this wall just kept going and going and going.
— Beth Patel (@beth_patel) July 20, 2016
The protesters stood hand in hand singing…
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) July 20, 2016
…and chanting words of peace and encouragement.
"The walls that they build…"
— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 20, 2016
There were even some hardcore protesters who wore the sheets as shirts and formed a human chain.
— YES! Magazine (@yesmagazine) July 20, 2016
So many people came together to make this wall dream come true.
— Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77) July 20, 2016
Mijente is the organization that really got the ball rolling with the project, getting other groups on board.
— Mijente (@ConMijente) July 20, 2016
“In polarized times we need to be building more bridges between us and less walls that divide us,” Marisa Franco, the director of Mijente, said in a press release. “But if Trump is set on building a wall. We’re going to give it to him. But we’ll be walling off his hate. We won’t go quietly as he campaigns to put us back in the closet, back across the border, or to the back of the bus.”
One of the groups that participated is full of veterans.
— #VetsVsHate (@Vets_Vs_Hate) July 20, 2016
Yeah. These are the same military folks that Tump claims to admire and appreciate him so much.
These military bad boys even stood at the front of the wall, showing that this movement has muscle. (?)
A video posted by @theveryblackproject on
Looking good, boys. ??
Organizations around the country are filling Twitter with love for these protesters.
— ONE Arizona (@OneArizona) July 20, 2016
And those who can’t be there in person are cheering along with the hashtag.
#WallOffTrump is hilarious and well thought out. I'm so here for fighting bigotry with humour.
— ☆ Kalliope Prera ☆ (@almost_elsa) July 20, 2016
People. Are. Here. For. It!
Kick some ass #WallOffTrump
— Mr. Paws (@KittenHateTrump) July 20, 2016