Portland (AFP) – Bev Barnum never imagined what she was setting in motion when she posted a message online last week after coming across a video of federal officers in Portland, Oregon, pulling a protester into an unmarked car.
“It said something to the effect of, ‘I don’t know if you’ve ever protested before, but I haven’t,” the 35-year-old mother of two told AFP.
“‘I really think we need to do something… what if you knew 100 moms were behind you and they could make a difference?'” the message said.
Within hours, her inbox was overflowing with messages from mothers rallying behind the idea that led to the so-called Wall of Moms in the western US city rocked by protests for social justice.
Waving sunflowers and standing arm-in-arm to form a human barrier between police and protesters, the movement offered a way for middle-aged white women eager to show solidarity