The banner Defund, Demilitarize (Black Lives Matter) was created and raised up by Khalilah Ramirez and her group The Dance of Peace in San Jose on June 9th 2020 in front of San Jose City Hall. Khalilah Ramirez is the creator of performance art called The Dance of Peace and its purpose is to effect inner light, joy, and peacefulness in people. She is an artist, educator, and author based in San Jose and works with groups such as Silicon Valley De-bug, Sangham Arts, and San Jose State University. Khalilah Ramirez and her members Calia Kammer, and Sharat Lin danced in front of San Jose City Hall for their performance. Sharat Lin said the banner’s purpose was for “Peace and love for the community, instead of police brutality and killings” as it relates to the recent George Floyd killing and protests.
Over a thousand people including families, students, community members, local church members, and hundreds of new activists gathered at San Jose City Hall on June 30, 2018 to protest Trump’s policies that separated immigrant children from their families. It was part of the larger nationwide movement of over 700 cities across America to protest Trump’s regressive immigrant policies.
Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy is reminiscence of the internment of Japanese-American during 1942 to 1945. The over 2,000 immigrant children still separated from their parents are housed in a modern day equivalent of concentration camps.
This rally shows that there is a growing movement to protect immigrant families from terror, intimidation, and persecution.
A fervent Women’s March crowd of over 30,000 women and supporters marched from San Jose City Hall to Plaza de César Chavez in San Jose on January 21, 2017. It was one of the largest marches in San Jose history. They marched to denounce the attitudes and beliefs of new President Donald Trump. Trump is threatening to overturn abortion rights, shut down Planned Parenthood, and nominate anti choice Supreme Court Justices. The Women’s March brought many new activists forward and re-energized the movement to protect human rights, civil liberties, and social justice.