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Two Juneteenth protests take place in downtown Palo Alto

Original post made on Jun 19, 2020

Equipped with chalk, students from Nueva School joined activists the Raging Grannies and Vigil for Democracy on Friday, June 19, to make a statement in support of Black Lives Matter and against systemic racism and police brutality.

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Posted by Granny R
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 19, 2020 at 3:44 pm

Wish to acknowledge here the outpouring of community members who came in addition to the high school students. Some folks stayed the entire hour and a half and others just dropped by for a short while. Everyone's contribution much appreciated; an excellent turnout on short notice!


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Posted by Ummm
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 19, 2020 at 3:55 pm

Isn’t Juneteenth supposed to be a celebration? Why would people protest The achievement and sacrifice of Abraham Lincoln and hundreds of thousands of US troops?


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Posted by CC
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 19, 2020 at 5:24 pm

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on Jun 19, 2020 at 6:24 pm

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Posted by tom kearns
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 20, 2020 at 1:53 pm

If you use "washable pain chalk", is it really a protest? Only in
Palo Alto.


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Posted by Vigil for Democracy
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 20, 2020 at 2:14 pm

We are delighted that the Palo Alto Public Art Program put out a call for artists yesterday, to paint a permanent BLACK LIVES MATTER mural in this space. The abbreviated schedule is unprecedented, to be completed by June 30, 2020! There will be 16 artists or collectives selected, one per letter, and paid a stipend of $700 each. Please encourage black artists to apply!! Web Link


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Posted by Granny R
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 21, 2020 at 5:09 am

Answering the question: If it's washable chalk paint is it really a protest?
It was an act of civil disobedience. The demonstrators blocked the street from 2am Friday the 19th until around 9 am and again from noon to 1:30pm without city permission. The city had delayed a decision to allow BLM theme permanent artwork in the same general location. They still have not committed to a deadline, but the protest put a light on the issue and more fire under city council to act quickly.


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Posted by Granny R
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 21, 2020 at 5:12 am

Re: above post. I see that the city has agreed to a final completion date of June 30. Wise move city council!


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Posted by Wage Slave
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 21, 2020 at 11:33 am

Slavery is in the history of many countries and still exists in other forms. Today, most people are wage slaves, most without union representation. They must work for money to survive and to pay crazy high taxes. Some taxes are for government officials' overgenerous high salaries and retirement pensions. Everything is expensive. To get a permit to replace the roof is too much; all the city inspector does is come over and do a quick check.
Workers must follow rules of their master, the employer, no matter whether they agree or not with some rules. They are told to speak up if there is something wrong. However when they do, they may still face retaliation and termination.
I don't think the standard and quality of life has improved at all; it's so hard to get ahead. Health care system is terrible in America; it is for profit only. Time is overdue to fix so many problems. We are slaves to bad corrupt greedy systems.


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