Around a hundred protesters marched from the historic Gran Oriente Filipino Hotel in SoMa to the International Hotel on Kearny Street to show solidarity and support the Black Lives Matter movement.
The I-Hotel once housed low-income Filipinos. The location became a battleground between police and local activists when it was scheduled for demolition in the late 70s. In 1968, 150 elderly Filipino and Chinese tenants began a nearly 10-year anti-eviction campaign. Before the residential hotel was demolished, Black activists formed a barricade to prevent police from evicting its residents.
“They've had our backs for so long,” Gianni Magpantay said. “In this event, we're sharing some history on the International Hotel that got raided by 400 riot police and our Black brothers sisters showed up for us,” Magpantay said on why it is now important for the Filipino community to show up for the Black community.