“Not My President’s Day”

Topanga Peace Alliance members (l-r) David Troy, Julie Levine and Clare Brown, joined fellow members Lisa Smithline, Jay Smithline, and Guero Cerda (not pictured) at the February 20 “Not My President Rally” in downtown L.A.

In Los Angeles, hundreds marched from Pershing Square to City Hall on President’s Day, in one of the nation’s 29 “Not My President’s Day” rallies that were staged in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and more than two dozen other cities across the nation. Among them were the Topanga Peace Alliance (TPA), a secular, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting peace and justice on a local and global level.

The idea for the Presidents’ Day protests originated in Los Angeles, where, according to organizers, about 4,300 people had said on Facebook they would attend the City Hall rally and that it spread to other locales via social media.

The next First Friday Film Night will present “Disturbing the Peace, on March 3, 7 p.m.


TPA meets the third Monday of the Month and present films at the library on the first Friday of the month. For more information: debbieinla@outlook.com


Flavia Potenza

Flavia Potenza is executive editor of the Messenger Mountain News. She is also a founding member of the 40-year old Topanga Messenger that closed its doors in 2016. She can be reached at editor@messengermountainnews.com

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