For the second time in as many weeks, hundreds gathered in downtown Mountain View Saturday for a peaceful demonstration celebrating diversity.
Similar demonstrations and rallies were held in cities across the country Saturday, Aug. 19, including one in Boston that reportedly drew about 40,000 people. The public gatherings were a direct rebuke to the so-called alt-right, an umbrella term for white nationalist and white supremacist groups including neo-Nazis and the KKK, that staged provocative and violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month.
Mountain View's "Stand Up for Equality and Diversity" demonstration drew an estimated 500 people and featured a number of speakers, including county Supervisor Joe Simitian and Mayor Ken Rosenberg. The event included a performance by the activist group the Raging Grannies and a memorial for Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed when an alleged white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.
An alt-right "March on Google" had been planned at Charleston Park for the same day, Aug. 19, but was halted by organizers who claimed they feared for their own safety. The group also lacked a permit, as a Make a Wish Foundation fundraiser had been scheduled in Charleston Park at the same time. The fundraiser was canceled due to safety concerns, organizers said.