On April 29, 2017, about 750 of us, dressed in the colors of the rainbow, came together to rally and march for climate, jobs, and justice. We met at Mission Park in Ventura to form a rainbow and unity circle, then swarmed to Ventura’s Botanical Gardens where we climbed the trails to create a ThermoClimb, an artistic representation of global warming.
Only three weeks before John was contacted by Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley. He had jumped in to assist in organizing the crowd she had gathered in a Resist March earlier in the year. They shared an interest in the concept of creating "human banners" as living art projects that would protest current actions in Federal Government. Gwen had been contacted by Heather Cassanave who had signed on to organize a Climate March related to the Resist Movement. The three rallied support from the City of San Buenaventura and Ventura Botanical Gardens where their vision would be staged and executed. People rallied at Mission Park in
Ventura. We swarmed through Downtown and proceeded to the Gardens where
we assembled by color of clothing. Climbing the trail we formed a
rainbow of humanity setting an intention for jobs, climate and social
justice. Groups represented included Sierra Club, Move On, Native
Americans, LGBT...people. From every walk of life.
Working with a team of photographers including drone pilots Mike Love and Ventura High student Maxwell Mandell we ran to stay ahead of the action and capture the essence of this significant event.
And this is our continuance, we will march for as long as it takes to create a world of promise for this and future generations.