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Menlo Park resident Charlotte Willner, who along with her husband Dave, launched a fundraiser on Facebook that has raised $20 million to support migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border spoke at the Families Belong Together rally at Courthouse Square in Redwood City this morning

Reports another Menlo resident, Robin Tobias, who emailed photographs to InMenlo: “I’d esimate there were about 3,000 people in attendance. In addition to the Willners, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo spoke about her experience in Texas.”

Earlier this month the Congresswoman toured the McAllen Border Patrol Processing Center and the Port Isabel ICE Detention Center.

“Press reports indicate as many as 2,500 children have been separated from their parents, however HHS, has not been forthcoming about where and in what conditions the children are being housed, and how the Administration plans to reunite them with their families,” Eshoo wrote in a letter Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar.

Today’s rally was held in solidarity with the national Families Belong Together Day of Action. A group of Hispanic dancer entertained attendees.

Photos by Robin Tobias (c) 2018

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Filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman set to release her last documentary in a career that’s spanned 40 years

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She’s won an Emmy and been nominated for an Academy Award. Now after four decades of filmmaking, Menlo Park resident Dorothy Fadiman is releasing her final film, Chef Darren: The Challenge of Profound Deafness. It will be screened at 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 3, at the Lucie Stern Community Center ballroom in Palo Alto. […]

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Menlo Spark recognizes students, teachers and residents who support sustainability in Menlo Park

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Last month, Menlo Spark honored environmental leaders in schools with Menlo Green Challenge Awards. Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki recognized the outstanding achievements of students, teachers, and residents who took initiative to support sustainability in Menlo Park. Jerry Griffith, for winning the Menlo Green Challenge, with the Climate Actions taken to reduce his household carbon […]

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Documentary film “Dolores” screens at Menlo Park Library on May 15

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Learn more about United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, in the new documentary film, Dolores, which will screen at the Menlo Park Library on May 15 at 6:30 pm. Huerta, who led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside her better-known co-founder Cesar Chavez, is profiled in this documentary directed by Peter Bratt. Huerta, […]

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“Human Trafficking in the Bay Area” is topic of talk on May 8

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The full scope of human trafficking in the United States includes sex slavery, forced labor, and domestic servitude, as well as consumer choices that impact exploitative child labor practices overseas. Betty Ann Boeving Hagenau, Founder and Executive Director of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, will address issues of human trafficking, what it looks like here […]

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Young Artivists: the Social Justice Sewing Academy visits on April 18

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Art meets social movement with the young quilters of the Social Justice Sewing Academy on Wednesday, April 18 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Menlo Park Main Library. Members of the Social Justice Sewing Academy will be joined by docents from the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, which will be hosting Generation […]

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Authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi talk about their book on civil liberties at the Menlo Park Library

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Authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi, coauthors of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California will discuss their book, which is the first-ever account of the struggles to develop and protect civil rights in California. On April 4 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the […]

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More photos from yesterday’s march against gun violence in Menlo Park

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We were introduced to Menlo-Atherton High School student Lena Kalotihos when she covered the walk out by M-A students and other nearby schools on March 14. She is just learning the craft of digital photography, and we applaud her efforts. Yesterday, she chronicled the Walk for Our Lives along Santa Cruz Avenue, and we present […]

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Menlo Park residents take to the streets calling for an end to gun violence

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In homage to the many March for Our Lives events happening around the country today, around 200 kids from nine to 92 joined together for a walk along Santa Cruz Avenue early Saturday afternoon in support of stronger gun laws. Billed “Walk for Our Lives,” it was organized by Menlo Park mom (three children in […]

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Spotted: Menlo Park teen being interviewed at San Francisco March for Our Lives event

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Photographer Doug Kaye caught the action when 15-year-old Menlo Park resident Maya Segel was being interviewed today in San Francisco at the March for Out Lives event she helped organize. Gun violence, she said, “is not normal. It’s not natural. It shouldn’t be happening. And we’re sick of being afraid.”

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Reminder: Walk for Our Lives event in Menlo Park on Saturday, March 24, organized by Katharina Powers

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As we reported earlier this week, Menlo Park resident Katharina Powers (pictured) is organizing a walk on Saturday, March 24 in homage to the many marches being held around the country calling for stricter gun control legislation, joining forces with artist Lin Evola who creates sculptures out of metal melted from guns. It will start […]

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