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The organizers of the event, activists with the Defend Movement, had originally planned their action in response to a plan by the extreme right to hold an "America First" rally in Upland in coordination with the ACT for America nationwide day of action. The "American Congress for Truth" is the nation's largest Islamophobic group. Defend was supported by the faith-based Rise Against the Wall, which roots its anti-Trump activism in Christianity. Both are new groups that formed in the wake of the rise of Trumpism.

When the national organization decided to cancel all public actions for the day and to hold instead an "online day of ACTion," the Upland rally was also canceled. Other factors--namely, the inability of organizers to obtain a permit and the threat of a counter demonstration, liked served as further persuasion.

Despite the cancellation of the ACT rally, the Defend Movement opted to proceed with their rally, which they dubbed "United4Love2," having previously "United for Love" in Yucaipa in response to a similar rally planned by the extreme right there.

Story and photos: Activists Opposing White Supremacy Rally Despite Cancellation by Rockero



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