Defend the Dream
A rally, one of hundreds held nationwide, to protest the proposed Republican congressional budget cuts at the national level, and to defend programs for students and the poor at state levels.
This rally is in Pomona, California, with focus on preventing teacher layoffs and protecting preschool and adult school.
Although California has been a fiscally conservative state historically, the Democrats control the state government due to the Republicans' increasing hostility toward Latinos and other nonwhites. However, the fiscal conservatism, back in 1978, had resulted in laws that require 2/3rd majority for budgets and a freeze on already low property taxes; this has resulted in annual budget gridlocks, and budgets that cannot cope with the changing needs of the state. California's public schools, once the best in the nation, have suffered tremendously as a result.
Love the sign that the boy is holding.