Students and staff from Los Altos High School took to the streets Sept. 26 in response to the Trump administration’s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects some undocumented students.
While not an official campus event, the Latino Student Union, the Black Student Union, Students for Haiti Solidarity and the newly formed Teachers in Solidarity participated in the rally and march.
Supporters gathered on the Los Altos High quad, where they listened to speakers – including students Luis Mendoza, Alexis Rodriguez, Breana de Dios and Evelyn Diego and staff members Daphna Adler and Arancha Ariat.
Ariat compared the day’s events with the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine, which occurred the day before the rally.
While not a DACA recipient herself, Diego spoke instead of her immigrant parents.
Despite the event’s generally inspiring tone, speakers occasionally threw down the gauntlet, aiming squarely at the Trump administration.
“Those big white men with tiny little hands don’t know what’s coming,” Diego said.
After the rally on the quad, marchers proceeded down Almond Avenue to El Monte Avenue and across El Camino Real, ending at Eagle Park, where a second slate of speakers spoke briefly.
“There’s been a lot of fear and shock, seeing this rhetoric become reality,” said Seth Donnelly, adviser of Students for Haiti Solidarity, regarding motivations behind the march. “We want the community to know that both students and staff stand together on this issue.”