The People's Rally for Unity and Equality

On January 20, 2017, the People’s Rally for Unity and Equality was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula.  Over 300 people attended.

The Steering Committee for the People’s Rally was:

Hector Azpilcueta

Phillip Crawford

Steven Goings

Gary Karnes

Elena Loomis

Natalia Molina

Alisha Ragland

The Mission Statement for the People’s Rally is here:

Join us in rejecting Trump's blatant misogyny, racism, religious bigotry and xenophobia. Help make our community a safe place for immigrants, LGBTQ people, Muslims, people of color, women and anyone else whose human rights and human dignity are threatened by the Trump regime. Stand with us to protect women's right to full reproductive health care, workers' right to receive fair wages and to organize unions, and our children's right to a livable world without catastrophic climate change. We are Black, Latinx, Native, Arab and white, women, trans and men, young and old, queer and straight, documented and undocumented, people with disabilities, in a union and not unionized, and members of every faith and belief. We are one community and we won't be divided.

This Mission Statement was endorsed by 33 local organizations and three local elected officials:

ACLU of Northern California – Monterey County Chapter

Black Lives Matter – Seaside

California Faculty Association – California State University

Monterey Bay Civil Rights Coalition for Jail Reform – Monterey County

Communities for Sustainable Monterey County

Democratic Club of the Monterey Peninsula

Democratic Women of Monterey County

Families of Color – Monterey County

Green Party of Monterey County

Humanist Association of the Monterey Bay Area

Indivisible Monterey County

Monterey Bay Central Labor Council

Monterey Bay Partisan

Monterey County Democratic Central Committee

Monterey County Nonviolent Action Committee

Monterey County Rape Crisis Center

Monterey Peace and Justice Center

Monterey Peninsula Friends Meeting (Quakers)

National Coalition Building Institute – Monterey County Chapter

Occupy Monterey Peninsula

Progressive Democrats of America – Monterey Area Chapter

Protect Monterey County – Yes on Z

Rainbow Speakers

Save Our Peninsula Committee

Sierra Club Ventana Chapter

Sustainable Seaside

Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula – Social Justice Committee

Unite Here – Local 483

Unity of Monterey Bay

Veterans for Peace – Chapter 46

Wave Street Studios

Whites for Racial Equity

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Monterey County Branch

Timothy Barrett – Monterey City Council

Alan Haffa – Monterey City Council

Senator Bill Monning – California Senate Majority Leader

Here are videos of the speeches from the rally:

Supervisor Mary Adams

Hector Azpilcueta (Local 483)

Steven Goings (National Coalition Building Institute)

Nashwan Hamza (Muslim interfaith activist)

Andy Hsia- Coron (Measure Z)

Regina Mason (NAACP)

State Senator Bill Monning

Supervisor Jane Parker…

Alisha Ragland (Monterey County Nonviolent Action Committee)

Lupe Rodriguez (Planned Parenthood)

Michelle Welsh (ACLU)


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