About 250 demonstrators - split between BPS and college students - marched from the Common to the State House and City Hall today to urge Gov. Baker and Mayor Walsh to formally declare sanctuaries for not just undocumented immigrants but other minority groups, including lesbians, gays and transgender people as we move into the Trump era.
They had a specific demand for Baker: Denounce Steve Bannon.
The protesters also demanded that the two elected officials protect public schools from a potential onslaught by privatization forces. Speakers at a rally at the Parkman discussed their work on the successful No on 2 campaign, in which Massachusetts rejected a proposal to allow the creation of 12 new charter schools every year.
"No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA!" was among the chants shouted out during the rally and the march up to the State House. A contingent peacefully entered the State House - after leaving their signs outside - and went up to Gov. Baker's office, where an aide came out and told them the governor was "unavailable".
Her entire sign read "People before Profits:"