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Love Trumps hate_sign - 1In a “sidewalk protest” that was spearheaded by the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (UUSM), a couple hundred people lined El Camino in Menlo Park from noon to 1:00 pm today with most clustered in front of the Menlo Center.

Those who arrived on time were blessed with sunshine between rain and thunderstorms. Those who stayed the hour got drenched in a particularly heavy downpour.

There were a myriad of handmade signs expressing support for various causes. And while the protesters themselves were largely quiet, the passing cars were not. Many drivers honked in support. According to one woman, only two drivers passing by expressed displeasure with the usual hand sign.

male protester with sign_vert - 1At the end of last year, the Rev. Ben Meyers, minister of UUSM, called his congregation to stand in solidarity for peace, sustainability and social justice and invited the greater Peninsula community to join in the peaceful protest.

“If you too are concerned about the rhetoric and proposed policies of the incoming administration,” he said on December 31st, “you are encouraged to come out and show that as a community we will stand our ground and fight for tolerance, decency, economic justice and democracy in our country.”

Along with the Unitarian Universalists, the Sidewalk Protest was organized by Faith in Action and Suite Up! Action Network Mid-Peninsula-SF Bay Area.

Tonight there will be a Vigil for Kindness at Fremont Park in Menlo Park

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Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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KGO radio host John Rothmann talks about “the ones who got away” on January 8

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Political analyst John Rothmanan’s topic will focus on defeated Presidential candidates and their impact on parties, politics, and policy. As John will explain, in many cases, the lives and contributions of the losers are often as interesting as those of the winners. The talk takes place on Sunday, January 8, at 11:00 am in the Menlo […]

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M-A junior Holly Newman heads to D.C. to serve in the Senate Page Program

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While the rest of her classmates at Menlo-Atherton High School are walking the halls of campus this winter and spring, junior Holly Newman will be walking the halls of Congress. Nominated by Senator Diane Feinstein, Holly is one of only 30 high school juniors in the country who will be taking part in the Senate Page […]

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M-A students march in protest to Trump’s election

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Early Monday afternoon, about 1,000 students from Menlo-Atherton High school left campus and marched through Menlo Park and Atherton to protest Donald Trump’s election as the next President of the United States. While most of the students chose a route along Middlefield and Oak Grove, a smaller number of students marched to Palo Alto. An […]

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Spotted: Portola Valley artist Drue Kataoka proclaiming “Now Is the Time” at Hillary fundraiser

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Portola Valley artist Drue Kataoka, who graduated from Sacred Heart Prep before attending Stanford, came dressed Wednesday afternoon for a local fundraising lunch for Hillary Clinton as she did at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She explained:  “I created this  artwork [pointing to her t-shirt)] that celebrates the 240-year journey towards electing our first […]

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Guest opinion: The practice of hate – and what we can do about it

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Editor’s note: The Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, who is rector at Trinity Church in Menlo Park, posted this on his personal blog. We thought his observations could benefit from an additional audience. I have never in my life known a time when hatred has been so acceptable. I cannot remember a time when politics and hatred have had […]

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League of Women Voters holds local candidate forums

The League of Women Voters of South San Mateo has scheduled a series of candidate forums and information meetings discussing the pros and cons about ballot measures in the November 6 general election.  All are free public meetings. These forums are an excellent opportunity to meet the candidates and become familiar with the issues in […]

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Spotted: Assemblyman meets fisherman at Menlo Park Farmer’s Market

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Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) held sidewalk office hours Sunday morning at the Menlo Park Farmer’s Market. He was greeted there by long time market vendor, fisherman Pietro Parravano. Gordon spent 90 minutes talking with constituents. Photo by Irene Searles

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Filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman previews Choice at Risk campaign to local audiences

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Fifty years have passed since filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman obtained a back alley abortion and ended up at the Stanford Hospital emergency room with a temperature of 105, infected and bleeding. Thirty more years passed before she told her story in the Academy Award-nominated documentary When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories (1992). Now two decades later, […]

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Open house at Democratic Volunteer Center in Menlo Park on August 4

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Local Democrats are launching the 2012 campaign season on August 4th with an open house at the Democratic Volunteer Center (DVC) in Menlo Park from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Kicking off the festivities will be Jeff Kreisler, head writer for “The War Room” with Jennifer Granholm, and a regular on MSNBC and CNN Headline news. The DVC will […]

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Protesters speak out for the 99% in front of Meg Whitman’s Atherton home

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If body count is an indicator of victory, then law enforcement ruled the day at the noon protest rally by a self-described “coalition representing thousands of community members, students, union members and activists” in front of Meg Whitman’s Atherton home today. While there were just six protestors, members of the Atherton Police Department — joined by […]

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