Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas are joining protesters in the fight against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, 46. The couple, who has been quarantining together in Los Angeles, stepped out Tuesday morning to listen to protesters at the Save Venice March. The 47-year-old held up a sign for “Save First Baptist Church of Venice” and another that read “Black Lives Matter.” Ben and Ana, 32, join other celebs, including Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes and Halsey, who have been taking to the streets to protest throughout multiple cities in the country.
A friend of the Deep Water actor told People, “Ben wants to continue to be a model for his children. They talk about these important issues.” Ben shares daughters Violet, 14, and Seraphina, 11, and son Samuel, eight with ex-wife Jennifer Garner.
An activist for Save Venice, Sarah Mahir spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the moment she caught sight of the actors. “I literally got done speaking to the crowd and really let them know where we can stand as a community and where we can make a change together, and I turned around and Ben Affleck was standing there,” she said.
She added that Ben “graciously agreed to take a photo and possibly keep in touch with us.” The activist stated that the actors also marched with them for a while at the Save Venice demonstration and said, “I truly hope that people with a big voice like him hear us and step up and we really are sticking together.”
March for #GeorgeFloyd in #Venice today. Blessed to have @BenAffleck express awareness and concern for the local Historic Black Community in #VeniceBeach that has been long ignored and obstructed by local politicians, LAPD, and commerce bullies. #SaveVenice#DefendOakwoodpic.twitter.com/Y1yLOn07GW— Save Venice (@savexvenice) June 2, 2020
Ana stood by Ben’s side, wearing a mask and clapping as he held up the signs. The Knives Out actress was one of the many celebrities who participated in Blackout Tuesday on June 2 to stand in solidarity with the Black community. Ricky Martin, Salma Hayek, Oprah Winfrey, Cardi B, Sofia Vergara and many other stars were part of the extensive list who showed their support.