Responding to Charlottesville

Lenny Siegel, a local activist and Vice-Mayor of Mountain View, has been a catalyst for action this Saturday from 1-3PM at the Mountain View Civic Center Plaza.  The rally will take place at Mercy and Castro Streets in Mountain View.  Click here for the Facebook event.

Late breaking news:  Originally planned to coincide with a “Google March” planned by supporters of the recently fired Google employee who authored a memo attacking company policy on promoting diversity, this event is proceeding despite the fact that the “Google March” has been called off, and a fast-growing list of local groups are participating.  There was another event planned one day following the “Google March” at Charleston Park in Mountain vIew, and that event has been merged into this one, joining us at the Civic Center on Saturday.  We recommend that you consider adding your voice to a groundswell of outrage at the developments of the past few days.  This will be the place to be!

Lenny Siegel’s original announcement appears below.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

From Lenny Siegel:

In response to the planned right-wing “March on Google” this Saturday, August 19, Mountain View Voices for Peace and Justice, along with other organizations and individuals, will be holding a rally in Mountain View Civic Center Plaza to demonstrate our area’s support for the human rights principles of equality and diversity. The rally will take place from 1 pm to 3 pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Mercy and Castro Streets in Mountain View.

* To continue the spirit of this past Sunday’s events in Civic Center Plaza, this will be an Open Mic rally in which all participants will be afforded the opportunity to speak, sing, or otherwise express themselves briefly.

* We are inviting groups to set up tables to afford rally attendees the opportunity to connect with ongoing efforts to make America better.

* Though I understand the desire to confront directly hateful right-wing demonstrators at their march/rally a couple of miles away, I personally urge people to resist that impulse. Minuscule groups of racist, sexist, homophobic, and otherwise intolerant demonstrators are able to magnify their message by instigating confrontations at such events. That’s their strategy. We can answer them with a large, positive presence downtown.

Note: Though I am Mountain View’s vice-mayor, this is NOT an official city event.

Lenny Siegel

More Work to Be Done

Anna Eshoo’s event on the 5th was wildly successful!  With 33 activist groups connecting with more than 450 attendees, this was a breeding ground for a big boost to the movement to protect our people and institutions.

She followed up, as she said she would, and proposed a “Privileged Resolution under House Rule IX”  to force Donald Trump to submit his tax returns. She was shut down by the Republican Dennis McCarthy, the House Republican Majority Leader, but not before she had her entire resolution read by the House clerk.  Below are are two parts of a youtube video of her effort.  The motion by McCarthy to table Anna’s appeal of being shut down that appears at the end of Part 2 passed along party lines.

The resistance grows

It’s been a while since the last update.  Much is happening as the Trump engine sputters as it attempts to pick up steam.

First, here is a link to a comprehensive list of groups working on defending our Democracy from the current attempted ravages and the ones to come: United States of Resistance.  Names on the lists of groups are hyperlinks — click on each for more information.

Also, Anna Eshoo is listening!  She is hosting a Call to Action that is designed to include an activist match.

Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 94306
Sunday, March 5th

Become engaged in progressive action, including resistance. An activist fair will feature many groups charting resistance and shaping the 2018 election.  Included will be the national groups Indivisible, Swing Left, and Flippable, as well as many local affiliates of these groups and other dynamic local groups of passionate activists.

Click here for a flyer for the event.  You can RSVP at or 650-328-3700.  Questions? email

Finally, and just as important, in her inspiring and indefatigable activism, Alice Smith has launched a group to attack voter suppression — the National Voter Corps.  Click here for a flyer with information about their next informational meeting.

Inauguration Day Weekend Events

Here’s information about events this coming weekend to launch our resistance to a Donald Trump/Republican Presidency.  Included is more about about womens’ marches on Saturday in Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose.  These marches will be among over 600 other marches throughout the country, with close to a million and a half marchers, in solidarity with the big march in Washington, D.C.  Please visit for more information.  More events that you may also be interested in (thanks to Barbara Kyser of the PDC) are listed below.

At the end of this list is a warning about possible disruption by a group not friendly to our cause (in particular DON’T RESPOND TO ANY SURVEYS).

Always in solidarity (and resistance),


The Ghostlight Project: Thursday, January 19, 5:30 p.m.
In each time zone across the country, members of theatrical organizations actions outside their theaters and art spaces “to protect the values of inclusion, participation and compassion.” Participants include companies on Broadway, regional theaters and at colleges and high schools. In the Bay Area, participating organizations include Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shotgun Players, American Conservatory Theater, San Jose Stage Company and Palo Alto Players. For more information, visit the Ghostlight Project.

Inauguration Day Sidewalk Protest in the Peninsula.
Friday, January 20, noon-1 p.m. 
People who live or work in communities from San Francisco to San Jose can bring signs or banners to a stretch of El Camino Real closest to them to engage in a peaceful demonstration. More information at

Inauguration Day Protest: “Human Billboard” Picket / Vigil
Friday, January 20, 5:00 PM ~ 7:00 PM
Palo Alto
Corner of El Camino Real and Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Web Page | Facebook Page 

Rise Up for Justice
Friday, January 20, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
San Jose
Plaza De Cesar Chavez
170 S Market St, San Jose
Organized by a coalition of environmental, faith, justice and labor groups with the support of San Jose Peace and Justice Center
Web Page | Facebook Page

Women’s March San Jose
Saturday, January 21, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
San Jose City Hall
200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose
Sponsored by Women’s March San Jose
Web Page | Facebook Page

Women’s March San Francisco
Saturday, January 21, Rally: 3:00 – 5:00 PM March: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
San Francisco Civic Center
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Sponsored by Women’s March San Francisco
Web Page | Facebook Page

Community Action Rally, Saturday, Jan. 21st, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Redwood City
On the list of musical performers is San Mateo County’s own legendary JOAN BAEZ!
Join Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Supervisor Carole Groom and other local leaders for a non-partisan, multi-generational gathering to affirm community values supporting the Environment, Education, Healthcare, Religious Tolerance, LGBTQ+, Immigrants’ Rights, and Breaking the Glass Ceiling.  Redwood City Rally details

The Courage Campaign urged courageous resisters to hold rallies outside Congress members’ offices as a way of boycotting the inauguration.
If you would like to do something positive this coming Friday attend our rally in Palo Alto:
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20 at 12 noon
WHERE: Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s office
698 Emerson Street in downtown Palo Alto
PURPOSE: Let Anna know that we support her and expect her to fight for healthcare, human rights, justice, and environmental sanity.
WHAT: We will bring signs thanking Anna for her efforts to protect healthcare, immigrant’s rights, and other critical services. Feel free to bring your own signs. We will also deliver a letter to Anna’s staff letting her know that we are supporting her and monitoring her actions.
PRE-MEETING: Jan. 20 11AM Philz Coffeehouse 101 Forest and Alma. We will meet each other and discuss logistics and strategy then walk to Anna’s office from there.
Any questions:
Lynn Huidekoper Home 650-322-9609 Cell 650-248-3207 or
Greg Leonard Cell: 650)799-9618

Women’s March Oakland
Time of March: 10AM – 3PM,
Starting Location: Madison Park
Ending Location: Frank Ogawa Plaza
No tickets required. Please register on the Eventbrite page.

The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We  gather in community to find healing and strength through tolerance, civility, and compassion. We welcome all people to join us as we unite locally and nationally.



In case anyone is doing ANY of the Marches.
Stay safe!
Be safe, those attending D.C. March:
James O’Keefe, domestic terrorist and spreader of disinformation about repro justice groups, is trying to infiltrate groups planning to protest at the “coronation” and also groups planning to attend the Women’s March. He produces secretly recorded undercover audio and video encounters, some selectively edited to imply its subjects said things they did not, with figures and workers in academic, governmental and social service organizations, purporting to show abusive or allegedly illegal behavior by employees and/or representatives of those organizations. He gained national attention for his video recordings of workers at ACORN offices in 2009, his arrest and guilty plea in 2010 for entering the federal office of then-U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) under false pretenses, and the release of videos of conversations with two high-ranking, now former, NPR executives in 2011.
A friend got this information from a source she trusts.
If you are planning any protests of the inauguration, please be aware that you may be a target of James O’Keefe operatives. If you have spoken to anyone from Breakthrough Development Group, this is an O’Keefe front.
If you are working with Disrupt J20 specifically, you are being targeted by O’Keefe. He is apparently trying to get progressives to incite violence.
There will be moles in your campaigns. PLEASE make sure to vet your volunteers.”

A Path Forward

The meeting last Friday was intense and reinforced the sense of urgency and passion that many of us share.  Over the next few days we will be connecting people with common interests and priorities for continuing activism.

Takeaways from last Weekend’s meetings:
Where do we go from here?

In the spirit of enhanced engagement in troubling times, we have scheduled a meeting on Friday, December 2, at 1PM for individuals who want to take leadership roles in providing our amazing group of DVC volunteers with options to collaborate and channel their energy effectively for the coming period.  Alas, the DVC office is now history — the keys were returned to the landlord yesterday — so this meeting will be held in Room M2 of the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto.

Please join us on Friday if you have the time, energy, and passion to help lead the way forward for our inspiring DVC community.  We aren’t creating a new activist group; we are all about doing research, identifying effective options for activism, and helping like-minded people make connections.  Click here for directions to the meeting at 1PM on Friday.

Click here for the notes taken respectively by Susan Markowitz and Diane Rolfe at the meetings that we held on November 20th and 21st.

Along with the notes, you’ll see a preliminary list of options/roles for engagement and resistance to the coming storm.

Our country needs us to be resilient and active.  More to come …

Thank you!
The DVC has created this video to celebrate:

This extraordinary community

The wonderful friendships that developed among the volunteers over the last several months

The dedication

All your hard work 

 A Difficult Day

This Election Day was a shocking disappointment. We grieve for the death of the dream that we worked so passionately to realize.

But we can’t let this result drive us into a dark place. Instead we must practice the principle of “Love Trumps Hate” that we so proudly adopted during these intense months. We’ll take time to lick our wounds and join together to come back to continue the good fight!

Please look to this space over the coming days to learn what’s next for the DVC.