DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Groups representing the local Latino community gathered in downtown Dallas on Monday for a rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Organizers referred to the event as ‘Un Dia Sin Trump,’ or ‘A Day Without Trump.’
The rally was coordinated by Accion America, the Latino Votes Project and other Latino groups and businesses. It took place outside of Dallas City Hall.
Mexican recording artist Diana Reyes and civil rights activist Carlos Quintanilla were in attendance, along with mariachis and folkloricos, according to a news release distributed Monday by Accion America.
The release called Monday’s rally “an angry response by the Mexican community in particular, Latinos in general, to the racist hate-based message aimed at the Mexican immigrant community promoted by Donald Trump.” Rally leaders seek to organize Latino voters in a war against Trump at the polls next year.
Throughout the early days of his campaign, Trump has made his thoughts on immigration well known, at one point calling all illegal Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers. He later said that Hispanics would love him for getting jobs back into the United States.
Dallas is the first U.S. city to see an anti Trump event. It happened just a week before the GOP front-runner makes a campaign stop in the Metroplex. Trump is scheduled to hold his own rally in Dallas on September 14. That event will be hosted by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.