By Judy Karas
A People’s Rally for Unity and Equality will be held at the Window on the Bay, Del Monte Avenue at Camino El Estero, Monterey, January 20 from 1-6 pm. The rally has been called to bring people together to stand up for common values: making our community a safe place for immigrants, LGBTQ people, Muslims, people of color, women and others, protecting women’s right to full reproductive health care, workers’ right to receive fair wages and to organize unions, and our children’s right to a livable world without catastrophic climate change.
Rally organizers wish to promote a national agenda that seeks to prevent a deterioration and undoing of the hard-fought laws and regulations that foster equality and protect the environment. It goes without saying that environmental standards advance greater social justice—for individuals in disadvantaged communities are the ones most affected by pollution and environmental degradation.
There will be an assembly at Window on the Bay from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. This is an opportunity to network and to learn more about local progressive organizations. The rally will begin at 4:00pm and feature speakers representing a wide diversity of groups. The event is endorsed by the Monterey Bay Labor Council, the Green Party of the Monterey Peninsula, Communities for Sustainable Monterey County, the Democratic Club of the Monterey Peninsula, the Monterey Nonviolent Action Committee, and the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, among other groups, as well as Monterey city council members Alan Haffa and Timothy Barrett and State Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning.