Amanda Cooper, an organizer of the event, told Action Alameda News, “I did this because I love my neighbors. This is political, but it’s also personal for people. People are feeling under attack. They’re feeling scared. They’re feeling scapegoated. This center has always been a good neighbor to me, and clearly to all the other people who showed up. And I wanted to show them that we love them, we care about them, we’re looking out for them, and they’re our neighbors.”
Over the past week, the president has issued executive orders to deliver on his campaign promise to “build a wall” on the border between the United States and Mexico, and to effect a travel ban against seven predominantly Muslim countries.
By 2 p.m., every corner of Ninth Street and Santa Clara Avenue was occupied with demonstrators; routinely, drivers of cars that passed through the intersection honked their horn in support.
There were no counter demonstrations to be seen, and no significant police presence; at one point, an Alameda Police Department traffic unit vehicle passed through the intersection, but didn’t stop.
The same vehicle was seen passing by further down Santa Clara about 10 to 15 minutes later, as the demonstrators prepared to march down Santa Clara Avenue, which they did, turning north on Mozart Avenue.