Hundreds Attend Community Action Rally in Redwood City
In San Mateo County, hundreds attended a Community Action Rally in Redwood City, inspired by and held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington.
San Mateo County Central Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Julie Lind-Rupp said, “At this time eight years ago, I was in DC for President Obama’s first inauguration. I was lucky enough to be back again four years later for his second. The cold of the weather was no match for the warmth in my heart, as I stood shoulder to shoulder with millions of Americans filled with hope, passionate about change, and united in the belief that yes, we could.
“Today I joined hundreds of San Mateo County residents in Redwood City to show our support of and commitment to the core values of the Obama administration that are conspicuously absent in Trump’s—empathy, diversity, equality and unity. We came to today’s action, as did millions who marched worldwide, to stand up for women’s rights, worker rights, LGBTQ rights, environmental standards, access to healthcare, the public education system, the rights of the immigrant community, and to commit ourselves to an America with equal opportunities and protections for all.”
Lind-Rupp noted that, “We will be faced with numerous challenges in the days, months and years ahead, but I take heart in the fact that we the people will band together and rise to meet them. We will not be silenced, we will not be beaten, and we SHALL overcome. Let this movement be a beacon that shines from person to person, house to house, heart to heart, and from sea to shining sea. Yes we have, yes we can, and YES WE WILL.”
Many local elected officials attended the rally in Redwood City, including Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, State Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymembers Kevin Mullin and Marc Berman, Belmont City Council members Davina Hurt and Eric Reed, Belmont Mayor Charles Stone, San Carlos City Council member Cameron Johnson, and Redwood City City Council members Shelly Masur, Jeff Gee, Alicia Aguirre, Ian Bain, Diane Howard and Mayor John Seybert. Brian Perkins represented Congresswoman Jackie Speier. County Supervisor Carole Groom and Belmont City Clerk Terri Cook were among the organizers.
Speakers urged people to get involved in community action in the areas of the environment, education, health care, religious and cultural tolerance, immigrant rights and LGBTQ rights.
“The purpose of the rally is to give the citizens of San Mateo County an opportunity to affirm our community values,” said Joan Dentler, a member of the organizing committee.
Redwood City City Council Member Jeff Gee, State Senator Jerry Hill, RWC Council Member Alicia Aguirre, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Belmont City Council Member Davina Hurt, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, RWC Council Member Shelly Masur and RWC Mayor John Seybert.