'I can't not be here. I have to express my disgust of the systemic racism. Slavery is still alive and well — just look at who are still in prison.'
— Linda Lopez, 71, former Stanford University Library employee and Palo Alto resident
'Black lives matter and they will always matter. We have to make a change for it to feel they matter.'
— Anna-Lisa Goodwin, 14, Gunn High School student and Palo Alto resident
'It's really important to show our solidarity and do everything that we can as often and as long as we can, which is every single day.'
— Thalia Moshtagh, 29, Mountain View resident and corporate trainer
'We have been silenced for too long. It's time to speak up.'
— Estelle Sohne, 43, with husband Yannick Carapito, 42, and three sons, Palo Alto residents
'I'll never understand the pain Black people experience. I came to educate myself and inspire others to back the movement.'
— Wren Sablich, 20, San Mateo resident
'Asian Americans owe it to our Black brothers and sisters to show up. We've been complicit for too long.'
— Chetana Guliani, 30, project manager and San Francisco resident
'To have a town like Palo Alto or Menlo Park, where so much wealth and power is concentrated, not be fighting for the kinds of change that we all know need to happen I think is a huge lost opportunity.'
— Evan Weiner, 27, teacher and Menlo Park resident
'I'm here to show my support to everyone who's being affected by racism including myself.'
— Drew Harrison, 12, Greene Middle School incoming eighth-grader
'I feel like I had to come. When I learned the history of what this country had done to Black people — it's inexcusable. This is the little thing I could do.'
— Kim Harvey, 64, pediatrician and Palo Alto resident
'I was always in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, but I wasn't fully as educated in it until the George Floyd (incident). Then I started doing some research and realized there's still a lot of deep systemic racism.'
— Leandra Brickson, 29, Stanford University graduate student and Palo Alto resident
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