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Supporting Immigrant Rights at the Nativist Protest in Santa Clara
On May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) several dozen flag waving americans lined a short stretch of Kiely Blvd in front of Central Park in Santa Clara. The american flag wavers were holding an, "anti-illegal immigrant protest calling for secure borders, decreased migration to the US and no amnesty for illegal immigrants." In response to the nationwide call for "anti-illegal immigrant protests" the Destroy the Border Coalition called for people to counter-demonstrate against the racist message of the rallies in Santa Clara and says, "the people who do the work in a community are entitled to live with dignity and without fear."
After speaking with the girls for a while, I headed over to flag wavers to check out their messages, including the american flag contact lenses worn by Santa Clara's "anti-illegal immigrant protest" organizer Roberta Allen.
Shortly there after, I got permission to use an american flag which was laying under a tree. My fellow freedom fighters became very upset with me as I stood next to them and flew my flag upside down to indicate our nation in distress. I was quickly approached by a women who held a cardboard sign in front of me and my flag. She was also using her flag pole to push my flag. A Santa Clara police officer told her not to touch my flag or she would go to jail. The cop stated that I had every right to my flag just as they had the right to fly theirs. This really upset the other flag wavers and they complained to the police officers that I should be removed.
More Santa Clara police officers quickly approached me and told me that I had to move about 100 feet. I told them I was not protesting the "anti-illegal immigrant protest" and that I was fighting for our freedom. The cops said that they, "were not here to debate me" and that I had to move further down the sidewalk. As instructed, I moved to the other side of a traffic light and continued to fly an upside flag.
Several people in cars demonstrated their appreciation of the upside down flag by giving me the thumbs-up, flashing peace signs and holding a sing out a passenger window which read, "We Are Not Criminals! Don't Judge Me. Judge Yourself First!"
A young mother also spoke out in support of her "undocumented" husband and human rights for all people.
Before leaving the demonstration, a young girl happily approached me with some fliers encouraging me to show on Sunday for another demonstration in support of immigrant rights.
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