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An idea for all of us

Original post made by midtown mom, Midtown, on Jul 16, 2008

After the train bombing in Spain, the thousands of people who marched in the streets for peace, & to show their rejection of hatred & violence, was very moving.

Could we here not do the same?
Could we not gather to say we are sickened by the needless death of a young man on our city street? Could we not come together - all ages, creeds, colors, neighborhoods, to say we will not tolerate such violence? To say that we believe in a different way? To say that we will not let our town disintergrate in the way that so many other towns have?

It would not take much - just a date, place & time.
We would honor the poor young man who died, & give hope & inspiration to our town.

How about it, people?

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Posted by I support
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 16, 2008 at 9:30 pm

I vote for Saturday July 26th, 10:00am in front of city hall - walk to the intersection where this innocent man was killed.


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Posted by JC
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Sounds great!

Perhaps a local organization would be interested in doing this. The Peninsula Peace & Justice organization, or maybe a group of local churches. Perhaps even a Parents group.
I just think it might generate more buzz if sponsered in such a fashion.

On the other hand, wouldn't it be amazing if people just showed up?


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 17, 2008 at 3:56 am

While you are at it, march for repeal of the Second Law.
Decrease the rewards and increase the disadvantages of criminal behavior if you want to reduce violence. Demand the death penalty for everyone convicted of first degree murder.


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Posted by geez
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 17, 2008 at 6:32 am

yup, does a lot of good against violent people: they care so deeply about what others think of them. We should march against rape, domestic violence, child beatings, gangs, and everything else, too. It would be so useful.


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Posted by Carren
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:00 am

I like this idea, too, but don't know if this is the best way to get the idea out to the whole town.

And to Walter & geez:notice how you contradict each other? It's because you are just speaking from a typical knee-jerk reactionary stance. This congregation would have nothing to do with your ideas. If this gathering really happens, feel free to stay home & sneer at all of us. We won't miss you. If you can open your hearts, however, it would be great to see you.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:05 am

There should be many ways to get the word out. Starting another thread with details as the heading would be one idea. Getting a message on the Post, Daily and Weekly, as well as the Menlo Park Almanac could be done simply too.

Otherwise, it will mean getting fliers made and getting them posted all over town. I don't know if a permit would be needed, but maybe that should be checked.

Obviously, fliers could be put in and around downtown near where the event is planned. Sending email to tv stations would get more publicity.

If someone wants to put in a lot of effort it may happen. Otherwise, it will just fizzle out.


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:29 am

Knee jerk reactionary? Perhaps. Why not check on the Children's Crusade? That worked out real well, too. Spain looks well on the way toward losing what El Cid reclaimed, and ready to pay the price of dimihood. Bad guys stop being bad when it ceases to be a good business model. If you are real lucky, no one will be mugged at your futile little display of irrelevance. You can sleep safe tonight because rude, knee jerk men and women stand ready to do violence in your behalf.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:41 am

Another road closing event to block PA streets. On the other hand if it brings people Downtown to shop at the stores and help our retail tax base; it's a good idea.


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Posted by joel
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 17, 2008 at 12:14 pm


Why don't we all sing KUMBAYA that will stop the thugs... not.

They will laugh at us and keep on murdering Palo Altans.

Ghandi said the Jews should surrender to hitler.. I say NEVER AGAIN!

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Palo Altos response should be superior firepower by the PAPD


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Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 17, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Midtown Mom, I love your idea.

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Midtown Mom, would you be willing to set this up? Do you belong to a church group that would help you? Otherwise, I think there is just too much apathy for this to happen. Having said that, if it were to happen, I DO think many, many people would show up. My feeling is: the more we do this, eventually the message will stick.


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Posted by sue
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 17, 2008 at 1:13 pm

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Posted by mary
a resident of Ohlone School
on Jul 17, 2008 at 1:44 pm



I would support some public march to highlight these alarming crime statistic and commit to changing them.

Latest 2006 Crimes per 100,000 People:

Palo Alto, CA East Palo Alto, CA National

Murder: 0 18.4 7
Forcible Rape: 1.74 67.63 32.2
Robbery: 55.7 371.9 205.8
Aggravated
Assault: 50.4 442.6 336.5
Burglary: 694 1051.3 813.2
Larceny Theft: 231.8 1229.6 2601.7
Vehicle Theft: 241.8 1026.7 501.5


This gives us some benchmark to measure our progress

Good luck


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Posted by qc
a resident of Ventura
on Jul 17, 2008 at 2:00 pm



Today

Spain's Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of four people found guilty of involvement in the Madrid train bombings in 2004.
The four were among 21 people convicted last year over the attacks, which killed 191 people.
The court also upheld the acquittal of an Egyptian suspected of masterminding the attacks, because he had already been convicted of the offence in Italy.

Spain's Supreme Court extends greetings and felicitations to future terrorists wishing to bomb targets in Spain.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 17, 2008 at 2:17 pm

"After the train bombing in Spain, the thousands of people who marched in the streets for peace, & to show their rejection of hatred & violence, was very moving. "

midtown mom,

Could you please explain that statement? As I recall, Spanish socialists demanded a cut-and-run from the coalition that was liberating Iraq. They not only did not reject hatred and violence, they gave a green light to perpetuate it. Thankfully, George Bush and Tony Blair held the moral ground.

On what possible basis do you think that a bunch of people chanting "peace" will deter thugs in Palo Alto? Frankly, it sounds like a "60's" thing run amok.


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Posted by TJ
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Jul 17, 2008 at 7:08 pm

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Posted by midtown mom
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 18, 2008 at 11:23 am

midtown mom here

Thanks to those posting support & constructive suggestions. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

I do not, however, currently have the time to organize this kind of an event, even if it wouldn't be all that difficult. Perhaps someone else, or a local group, can get it going. If not, then perhpas another day, another venue. The strugle for peace, civility, & non-violence will continue.

My thoughts continue to be with the family & friends of the victim.


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Posted by Kate
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 18, 2008 at 11:26 am

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Posted by barb
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm



Any report on this mornings funeral for the victim?

Any report on the hunt for the gangster thug, other papers have detailed his long arrest history, why not
paloaloonline?


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