In a show of solidarity and to build a greater coalition of families throughout East Palo Alto, residents marched to City Hall on Saturday, April 11, to prevent displacement of the city's low-income residents by gentrification.
The rally, which was billed as Stand Up EPA, brought together residents of all ages, races and ethnicities to develop a coalition around common positive goals. The coalition seeks to galvanize the community to design its own future, organizers said. East Palo Alto residents face gentrification pressures from the exponential rise in housing costs that is affecting the Bay Area, driven locally, in part, by young tech workers.
Students from Cesar Chavez Elementary School stenciled T-shirts with unification messages and helped create banners used throughout the march.
The march was a "visible symbol of the beauty and power of East Palo Alto," organizers said. The event was organized by the nonprofit Live in Peace. The organization works to empower the city's youth and to build a community through classes, job training, creative endeavors and peer support. The march was followed by entertainment by East Palo Alto residents in Bell Street Park.