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Rally in EPA: Tenants Unite to Fight Page Mill Properties Pt. I
by Eye on East Palo Alto
Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM
Youth United for Community Action organized a rally of tenants and supporters. The march started in East Palo Alto, stopping in front of Page Mill Properties headquarters in Palo Alto, and continuing on to Congresswoman Eshoo's Office where they made their appeal to the Representative. Encouraging supporters to call Eshoo's office to complain about Page Mill Properties' tenant harassment they chanted:
323-2984
Anna Eshoo Must Do More!
Photos by Justin Miel

A tenant shared these reflections on the event:

The YUCA kids did a bang up job. I loved being able to march with them, to follow their cheers, to be part of something that includes, but is so much bigger than my day-to-day life. ..I appreciate that there were no law enforcement issues/obstacles.

...I appreciate the public's tolerance of our noise and size. Many were smiling, waving, honking.
We were a diverse mix: participants of differing ages, from small children to Grannies, different ethnic backgrounds.

...It's hard to keep the issues fresh & current, that we tenants are facing when there isn't an immediate or huge crisis confronting all of us, but it's crucial to keep the ongoing issues in the public's view, to continue to support each other, [and] to demonstrate the connections/interrelationship many East Palo Alto tenants have w/Palo Alto.

It's shameful and reflects badly on Page Mill that none of their representatives came outside to greet us or to talk to the youth.
§Greeters arrive early at HQ in Palo Alto
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

Raging Grannies and Anthony are ready at the Page Mill HQ to greet the marching tenants on their way, headed down University Ave. from East Palo Alto
§Grannies jump with joy upon seeing marchers arrive
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

§Fee Fi Fo Fum....
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

..Look out Page Mill, here they come!
§signs
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

§A doggie too
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

§Arm around in support
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

As they gather, demonstrators show signs of supporting one another
§Many in the mix
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

§Doorway and people
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

§Before heading off to next stop (Eshoo's) a chance for a quick chat for YUCA/grannies
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

Raging Grannies have supported Youth United for Community Actions on many occasions. They greet friends.
§One quick song from the Grannies...
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

But they must not dally. Grannies join the march onward to Eshoo's.
§March for Eshoo's office!
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

Grannies in the rear.
§The marchers cross University Ave.
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

§Ed Burns of SEIU Local 521 helps with the Granny Banner
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

§Quick stop at Lytton Plaza for two grannies
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

...to greet BBQ Bob of BBQ Bob and the Ribtones. A regular in Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto
§At Eshoo's Office
by Eye on East Palo Alto Thursday Mar 12th, 2009 1:30 PM

More photos of the rally at Eshoo's Office and the group's meeting with her aide in Pt. II coming up.