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Photos: Jewish Group Leads Several Hundred On Anti-Bannon March To Breitbart HQ
Approximately three hundred members and allies of IfNotNow marched through the Mid-Wilshire area Sunday morning to protest former Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon's appointment as chief strategist for President-elect Donald Trump's administration.
"Los Angeles has one of the largest Jewish communities in the entire country, and has yet to say anything denouncing the kind of hate speech that Bannon represents," organizer Max Daniel told KPCC of the march.
The march began at 10 a.m. at La Cienega Park and the group continued on to Breitbart's headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard. Breitbart is headquartered in Los Angeles. IfNotNow LA is the local branch of a national Jewish group dedicated to opposing anti-Semitism and Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories.
IfNotNow LA elaborated their intentions further on the event Facebook page, writing:
In his position at Breitbart, Bannon was the megaphone for anti-semitism, racism, and Islamophobic conspiracy theories. As Jews, we’ve seen what happens when people with these ideologies are given power. We know this is not the moment to “wait and see” or “give him a chance.” We refuse to play a waiting game as Trump stacks his administration with those who promise violence against Muslims, immigrants, women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and us as Jews.
Marchers chanted "This is what democracy looks like," "Fire Bannon," and "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA," as they walked. The hashtag #Jewishresistance was used on social media, and many signs referenced the Holocaust, including one comparing Bannon to infamous Nazi Joseph Goebbels.