Who is St. Junipero Serra and why are California protesters toppling his statues?

(RNS) — As protesters on Friday toppled a statue of Father Junipero Serra in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, leaders of another California city …
@ArchbishopGomez said #Serra was an inspiration in his ministry. "He preached God’s compassion, fought for dignity of women, rights of America’s native peoples, he was probably the 1st person in the Americas to make moral case against capital punishment"