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Members of Trinity Church in Menlo Park along with its rector, the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, participated in the Unity Rally this morning in Santa Clara.

“We decided to co-host this rally in response to a rally that was sponsored by an organization recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Muslim hate group,” said Matthew  “In the end, at least 120 organizations joined the Unity Rally as co-hosts, coming from different walks of life and different faith traditions to stand up for what we believe are the dominant values of all our traditions and the larger community: to promote love and compassion.

“It was a joy to arrive and see that the Unity Rally was at least twice the size of the rally that inspired us to action. There were no confrontations, just people expressing their hopes for our world.

“One of my hopes is that our Muslim sisters and brothers were affirmed by today’s events that they are not alone, that the vast majority of the community in which they live and work supports them. It was a powerful and hopeful message that should resonate beyond today.”

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2017

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Fourth graders at Peninsula School rally and march for “peace, love and justice”

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While some people may not believe that 9- and 10-year olds can make a difference, one Peninsula School teacher, Betty Achinstein, believes they are change agents. This morning, Betty’s 4th grade class at the school in Menlo Park organized a march for peace, love, and justice. The students first rallied at the school. Various students took turns coming to the microphone […]

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Local church participates in Hands Around the Mosque

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A group of parishioners from Trinity Church in Menlo Park (pictured below), led by the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, participated in the Hands Around the Mosque event yesterday at the Muslim Community Center in Santa Clara. According to a MCC staff member, about 800 people of all faiths gathered to not only circle the building but to […]

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Physician David Axelrod shares his experiences at Standing Rock with Menlo Park community

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Before last year, Menlo Park resident David Axelrod, a pediatric cardiologist at Stanford Hospital, had not heeded the call to be a medical volunteer. Standing Rock and the protests surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline changed that. David went twice, for four days in December, where he did, as he describes “more digging out of snow, […]

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Lifelong Menlo Park girlfriends double down on the Women’s March, walking in Oakland and The City

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One was not enough for a group of friends who grew up in Menlo Park and all graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School. Julia Sommer, Rebecca Strehlow, Rachel Fox, and Leah Worthington (pictured above, left to right, at Oakland Women’s March on Saturday) crossed the Bay Bridge to also participate in the San Francisco March. There they were joined […]

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Faces of Menlo Park and Atherton participating in the San Francisco Women’s March

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Residents of Menlo Park and Atherton made their way to San Francisco, mostly by train, to participate in the last Women’s March scheduled in the Bay Area yesterday, following other marches in Oakland, San Jose and Walnut Creek. They joined an estimated 100,000 others, starting with a rally at Civic Center Plaza before heading down […]

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Menlo-Atherton High School folks show spirit at community rally in Redwood Ctiy

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The action at Courthouse Square in Redwood City yesterday while the Women’s March was going on in other Bay Area towns was a rally on ways to to take action. Woodside resident Joan Baez brought back a bit of the 60s by singing. InMenlo contributing photo Betsy Sergeant Snow was there and she photographed some M-A faces […]

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Spotted: Menlo Park Mom and baby on way to “Community Action Rally” in Redwood City

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InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow was in Redwood City today at the “Community Action Rally” at Courthouse Square in Redwood City. While there she spotted Menlo Park Mom, Holly, and her baby, Owen, with the signs “Nasty Baby” on the train platform. They were, reports Betsy, her favorite shots of the day!

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Spotted: Menlo Park couple at rally supporting Mother Earth

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Menlo Park residents Michael Closson and wife, Catherine Milton, participated in today’s events by going to the Courthouse Square rally in Redwood City. Their plea [to, we presume, the new president]: “Keep your small hands off Mother Earth.”

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Menlo Park residents take part in Oakland and San Jose Women’s Marches

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The good people of Menlo Park who attended Women’s Marches in San Jose or Oakland today — as well as  Washington, DC — are flooding the InMenlo mailbox with photos — and that’s great. Estimates are that 500,000 people marched in Washington, 60,000 in Oakland, and 25,000 in San Jose. We can report from our experience […]

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Spotted: M-A students making signs for Women’s March

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Menlo-Atherton High School students Sophia Wendin and Sara Gershfield prepare for the Women’s March in San Jose today by making signs. Photo by Chrisie Wendin

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