Community Notebook: Unity rally this weekend in Palo Alto

Event scheduled for 2 p.m. at City Hall

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center is organizing a rally for this Sunday, Dec. 18, in Palo Alto to emphasize unity the night before the Electoral College is set to formally cast its votes for president.

"On the day before the Electoral College votes, unite to say no to racism, hate and misogyny!" an event description states.

Speakers will include retired judge LaDoris Cordell; Zahra Biloo, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ San Francisco Bay Area office; Guadalupe Garcia and Erika Martinez of immigration group DREAMers; Gregory Stevens, associate pastor for the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto; and Brian O'Neill of SEIU Local 215.

The rally will take place at 2 p.m. at Palo Alto City Hall’s King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave. For more information and to register, go to


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Posted by Brady
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 17, 2016 at 9:43 am

Seriously, Palo Alto? The busiest weekend before the holidays?

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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Dec 17, 2016 at 10:55 am

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I don't think our democracy will survive the next 4 years. What is happening now in North Carolina and the covert racist wave sweeping the nation are a harbingeres of things to come as we become a banana republic, so this rally is a good thing. At least not everybody is laying down and giving up.

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Posted by Brady
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 17, 2016 at 11:09 am

This protest blames Trump for three things that have not happened because of him because he isn't even President yet. The 4th thing is something that will not happen because Democracy here (actually a Republic here) has elections based on the Electoral College.

Why not protest things that are really happening Homeless people on the streets, many dogs and cats that need homes, trash on the streets (wouldn't it be nice if everyone that comes to this rally picks up one bit of trash in the streets of Palo Alto!), family-owned small businesses in Palo Alto that close because they cannot afford the skyrocketing rents, speeding on Middlefield, mobile homes and RVs parked along El Camino by Stanford Campus (with Stanford employees living in them because they can't afford local housing). teen suicides, opioid addiction - the list goes on and on and on. Nope! This rally is not about the people of Palo Alto, it's another gathering of liberals who need to feed off each other for validation for things that have not happened because of Donald Trump.

Thinking of attending this rally? Do something useful like a donation to an animal shelter (they always need old blankets and towels), sign up for a food service, visit an elderly neighbor who might be alone for the holidays, and go pick up some trash!!!

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Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 17, 2016 at 12:46 pm

I hope you all saw the President's last speech yesterday. He pointed out very clearly what went wrong with this election and the media has a lot to do with that as well as the candidates that produced the newsfeed. Also the economy of the whole USA. And there are lots of write-ups as to what the Democratic Party needs to do to get current with the total USA population. Divisive actions are not on his agenda right now so don't use him as a proponent of the State of California acting out to tear apart the constitution. Yes we have a lot of billionaires in this state who have vested interests they are pushing but a lot of those agenda items are international and not California specific.

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Posted by Frank
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 17, 2016 at 1:48 pm

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Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 17, 2016 at 2:09 pm

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Posted by Sanctimonious City
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 18, 2016 at 12:11 pm

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If you want to be relevant again then you will need to make your arguments for open borders, government redistribution and cultural favoritism based on logic and reason.

Good luck with that given how badly it failed over the last 8 years and how unwilling you are to recognize its criticisms.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 18, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Anybody else here go? I counted maybe 200 maximum. NBC was wielding a video camera. I didn't see any of our local journalists. Assortment of speakers as advertised. Comments about the cold weather made it sound oddly like climate change wasn't happening fast enough. I was also a bit shocked by all the criticism heaped upon Barack Obama.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

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on Dec 22, 2016 at 10:56 am

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