"Violence against women knows no city boundaries, no school boundaries," Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin told the crowd. "We have a society that still has a strong component of sexism, of racism. Poverty is growing in our country. We need to face these social injustices and turn them around, and we need our youth right there leading the way, speaking truth to power." Then there will be no passive bystanders, McLaughlin added, "because they will be facing the injustices of our systemic environment on a daily basis, not just when an acute problem comes up."
School board member Antonio Medrano drew on the history of U.S. social protest as he urged everyone to emulate civil rights heroes like Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Cesar Chavez in their struggles for justice and equality.Read More