Somebody gave me this handout. It
was the organizers official statement. Many of the points were
echoed by speakers later in the event.
Faith community members were a large
percentage of the crowd.
The MC lady came on the mike and
said she had a long list of speakers to get through, so we would
do them as quickly as possible. Then she added that if anybody
else had something to say to everybody, please make your way to
the front and line up behind the others.
The first speakers were these two
members of the San Jose City Council. They left a clear impression
that what the Trump administration was doing was wrong.
The next speaker told of having her
parents rounded up in the field for the crime of being Mexican.
She told the story in English, Spanish, and some other language
that only Central Americans can understand. Sounded like a bad
experience, but luckily it worked out in the end.
The Priest was barn burner outraged
about what's going on. He wanted people to put their bodies on the
line for justice.
The guy from the ACLU remembered
being locked up as a Japanese-American during WW II. He is looking
for ways to make the administration in Washington follow the
letter of the law.
The guy from SIREN (light blue
button shirt) said we need to remember this when election day
The woman in purple talked about
having her guy stolen by ICE. She said "I had to fight like hell
to get him back."
Jake from the Green Party asked
people to move their money out of banks that are funding the
building of these prison camps.
By this time my brain was saturated
and my attention wandered. Sorry, can't remember what these people
Almost a week later the story is
still being discussed in the national media. There must have been
a lot of demonstrations like this one.