A coalition of 50 groups representing immigration, homelessness, LGBTQ+, women, environmental, seniors, housing, faith, healthcare, student, labor, low income, and many other interests, are “Rising Up for Justice Inauguration Day” today in San Jose.
The day started with a gathering near the fountain at Cesar Chavez Park and continued with a march to the Federal Building at noon.
It ends with a program at 1pm inside the San Jose City Hall council chambers that includes indigenous, homeless and DACA students, Aztec dancers, a family affected by police brutality, African drummers, a transgender man, and other speakers and cultural performances. The program caps it all off with an open mic.
“Since many of the groups participating use our building as a meeting space, it was only natural for us to host the entire coalition,” said Dr. Sharat Lin, of the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. “We are glad to support and foster the creation of such a unique event.”
The newly formed coalition is focused on unity, feeling that the common thread that unites them all is their opposition to the incoming administration’s platform of hate and fear. Many of the participating groups have been the subject of similar hate crimes or targeted by proposed legislation—they see their commonalities and the benefits of increased advocacy.
“The goal of our event is to engage, educate and empower people who may have never been involved in this kind of movement before,” student organizer Ulises Reyes said. “We’ve purposely chosen speakers who are active in their communities” adding “it’s important to keep people involved in their communities after the event.”
Rise Up for Justice Inauguration Day strives to keep participants educated about upcoming community meetings, city council and board of supervisor meetings and keeping them informed via handouts and riseup.forjustice.us.
Participants were encouraged to use the Indivisible Guide indivisibleguide.com to further engage their local officials and make their voice heard. Keep up with the conversation about the march at #RU4Justice and @RUForJustice.
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