By Scott Schroeder, Placerville, California.
If you have been through Placerville, CA you may have noticed things like American flags, big pick up truck with dogs in the back & Trump bumper stickers. Placerville has been long known as a highly conservative area in the Sierra Nevada foothills. You also may notice the occasional confederate flag flying from the back of pickups. But lately things have been changing!
After the election of Trump the closet lefties that lived in this area had enough of the senseless hate & Bigotry that existed in this town. The time for remaining silent and letting their voices be stifled was over. They begin organizing! Out of that organizing the El Dorado Progressives (EDP) was born.
In the past 2 1/2 years since the Trump election the streets of Placerville are starting to resemble the city of Berkeley rather than the conservative place it once use to be.
“Sporadic street actions”
In the past few years you now will see sporadic street actions popping up in town. There was the 6 month protest on the towns local news paper the Mountain Democrat for publishing a racist opinion piece that was written by a staff writer.
There has been multiple Driscoll Boycott marches, freeway actions and protest inside grocery stores demanding that Driscoll berries be removed from the shelves.
Three actions that changed the face of Placerville
Just this year there have been 3 major street actions that have changed the face of Placerville and have put a new narrative on who we are now!
First there was a street action in May where people outraged over the Trump administration trying to reverse the Roe vs Wade decision and crush the Planned Parenthood assembled at the steps of the county court house in the pouring rain. That day the protesters even endured verbal death threats from one old angry white man screaming out his car window while driving by. That was no deterrent those in the EDP still persist.
“No kids in cages”
The past few weeks have been extremely busy for those involved with the El Dorado Progressives. EDP teamed with other groups
like LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement) Sacramento, NorCalResist & Ratt Pack protesters to organize a five city “No Kids in Cages protest. Street protest, candle light vigils, Press conferences and detention center shut downs were all planned and carried out!
Finally this past Sunday members of EDP and other LGBTQ+ groups organized the First Annual Placerville Pride day and march! Of all the actions this has been the biggest. There was an estimated 200 plus people who assembled in front of the county court house for the rally and march! Also a estimated 300 people showed up to the Shakespeare club where food, education and entertainment
was provided. For Placerville this kind of attendance with people in the streets was historical! Both my wife and myself attended the Occupy Oakland General Strike and marched in the streets of Oakland with thousands of people but somehow marching in the streets of Placerville with hundreds of people on a first ever for this town Pride event had even a more powerful feeling!
It’s a fact Placerville is changing! Our long stifled voice is no more! It’s our community too and we no longer will remain silent. Stay tuned more to come.
Also see “Placerville: When does the revolution start?” by Scott Shcroeder