March For Our Lives was a huge event all across the country, and of course all across our SoCal swing districts and neighbor cities.

Believe it or not, March For Our Lives was not the only event going on over the weekend.  Volunteers were on hand everywhere to collect a huge haul of voter registrations and pictures including members of our own Swing SoCal Left inner circle of project managers.  You may have been at one event or even two, but nobody could see it all so here’s a March For Our Lives Weekend Tour district-by-district:

 

District CA25 (Santa Clarita, Palmdale, Simi Valley)

Many residents from CA25 and districts adjacent to to Los Angeles were drawn downtown.  Nonetheless, hundreds more from across the Santa Clarita Valley gathered in Bridgeport Park to make their voices heard.  The Santa Clarita Signal was on hand to document the event  and high school student Kyle Tisdale captured scenes fromt he event in an inspiring video.

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Here’s a link to Kyle’s video:

 

District CA39 (Fullerton Region)

In District 39, members of Swing Left Inland Valley, Progressive 39th, Fair 39 and Indivisible 39 started off the day with a canvass in Chino Valley.

They’ll be be back again in Chino this weekend if you’d care to come along.

That afternoon in CA39, hundreds gathered to march on Birch Street in Brea:

 

No rest for Swing Left Riverside.  They were back marching door-to-door in CA39 the next day.

Energy has really exploded in CA39 recently.  Lots of events, please visit the calendar and sign up.

 

District CA45 (Irvine region)

In CA45, more than 2,000 gathered outside the offices of NRA all-star district representative Mimi Walters.

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District CA-48 (Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa)

 

Next door in CA48, by the LA Times estimate, 2000 people congregated at Huntington’s Lake Park for a march to City Hall.  The rally was organized by students in the Huntington Beach Union High School district in conjunction with the Huntington Beach Youth Board.

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Some of the marchers from Huntington turned up the next day in Fountain Valley for a Swing Left OC48 canvass.  Next one on April 15.  Sign up here.  Or check out one of the many other events in CA48.

 

District CA-49 (Oceanside/Carlsbad)

Swing SoCal Left co-founder Troy Takaka and volunteer Amir Talai drove down from Los Angeles to register voters at the San Clemente march, which was organized by first timers Becca Roth and Amber Saldana.  They met up with three members of Flip the 49th! Neighbors in action including Cipiriano Vargar.  There were 1500 people on hand.  The group registered 70 people to vote and signed up 50-60 to volunteer with Flip.

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Encinitas also got in on the action in CA49.  Marcher Gus H noted that the march was bigger than expected and have to take place on the beach, but the downtown streets were flooded with people carrying signs afterwards.  Photographer Joe Dusel was on hand to capture the event with some beautiful pictures.

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In the afternoon, Santa Ana played host to the largest march in Orange County, more than 5,000 according to the OC Register.   One of the organizers (and Swing SoCal Left’s own co-project manager for CA45), Andy Lewandowski, reported gathering 106 new voter registrations.

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Fellow Swing SoCal Left District 45 project manager Tom Fielder was there and got video:
Tom also spent that morning at the Great American Write-In along with many members of Moms Demand Action Orange County and other OC activists.

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 And oh, did we mention Tom also found time this weekend to join Greg Bartlett, Swing SoCal Left project manager for District 39 at WonderCon in Anaheim?  They registered a new immigrant from Wakana, and some guy in his 30s who claimed he’s never had a chance to register because he’s been in outer space since he was a kid.  Right.
South Bay Los Angeles has groups like South Bay Cares and Indivisible South Bay and the Beach Cities Democrats working hard to help swing neighbor districts.  The group South Bay Coalition For a Safer Tomorrow gathered more than 6,000 for a march from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier here in my own hometown, where local heroes like Congressman Ted Lieu, State Senator Ben Allen and State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi and students who helped organize the event addressed the crowd.

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That’s everything.  Unless you count San Diego….

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Thanks for taking a tour of March For Our Lives SoCal.  It won’t be our last tour in the run up to November.  Until next time, please visit the event calendar, take pics and bring them to our high-spirited Swing Swing SoCal Left Facebook group.