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"Stop the Tears" Rally in Palo Alto
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R.
Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
Photos by Deborah Hoag. Please credit the photographer.
A weekly demonstration in Palo Alto took on special significance on Friday November 30th. A few days earlier, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol had inflicted violence upon women and children at the Mexico border. Women and men of the San Francisco Peninsula expressed their outrage at the site of their regular peaceful protest.
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Families fleeing violence in their home countries faced horror at the U.S./Mexico border last
Sunday. The very next day, a Monday, the Raging Grannies were on the street on the SF Peninsula calling for a safe and just passage for what is called "the migrant caravan." The Grannies say it is better referred to as the mass exodus from Central America.

The SF Peninsula/Palo Alto branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) holds a regular peace and justice protest in Palo Alto at a major intersection near the entrance to Stanford University. Demonstration organizer Judy Adams said, "WILPF members and other community activists and concerned residents stand at this corner every Friday from noon to one p.m. to quietly and peacefully demonstrate about the injustices we see every day in our nation. Today we are especially addressing the injustices facing families coming to our borders seeking asylum."

The women activists joined forces to create an event that would express their horror that border patrol would fire tear gas at women and children. Aligning with national organization Families Belong Together, they turned the regular Friday peace action into part of a country-wide protest called "Stop theTears".
§Getting signs ready
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
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§The regular rally aligned with "Stop the Tears" national call to action
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
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§Granddaughter of an Immigrant
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
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§Tableau Vivant
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
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Portraying their immigrant ancestors
§US Foreign Policies Create Refugees
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
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WILPF member hoists sign as she crosses the intersection near Stanford University entrance with another demonstrator
§Grannies with props
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
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§Street corner Street Theater and more
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
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§Sad Statue
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
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§Migrants Rights = Human Rights = Asylum
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
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§Daughter of a migrant portrays a grandmother caretaker of infant
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
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A true story from an ancestor's crossing
§Families Belong Together and "Not Normal" posters
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
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§Two in one
by photos: Deborah Hoag text: R.R. Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018 5:42 AM
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Granny Ruth C. belongs to WILPF and rages with the Grannies in her bonnet