About 50 local political activists sang, chanted and waved picket signs in front of U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's office in Palo Alto on Wednesday (Aug. 10) as part of a nationwide "Jobs Not Cuts" campaign organized by nonprofit liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org.
The rally was organized by the Mid-Peninsula American Dream Council (MPADC), a local coalition of MoveOn.org supporters founded two weeks prior by citizens from the 12th and 14th congressional districts.
Most of the rally attendees had heard of the event via MoveOn.org mailings, though some had met before at MPADC house meetings in San Mateo, San Carlos and Redwood City, they said.
Standing on the corner of Emerson Street and Forest Avenue, many protestors expressed their frustration with "money in politics," particularly related to job cuts. Several Core Council (founding) MPADC members gave speeches that articulated their concerns.
"I'm not excited to be here," said council coordinator Cilla Raughley, voicing her frustration with the Tea Party Patriots, whom she called "a small group of economic terrorists holding the country hostage."
"I'm here because I'm sick of hearing about dollars speaking louder than people," said Robin Hansen, a private voice instructor from San Mateo who described the group's shared sentiment as a "mad-as-hell, not-gonna-take-it-anymore feeling."
After the hour-long rally, six Core Council members were escorted into Eshoo's office building for a meeting with Eshoo's senior field representative Christine Padilla.
According to a statement by the office of Rep. Eshoo, "Congresswoman Eshoo thinks that President Obama should immediately call Congress back to Washington, D.C., and put forward his jobs plan. Additionally, Eshoo thinks that the President should insist that it be passed as soon as possible so we can put people back to work throughout the Peninsula and across the country."
A total of 254 rallies took place at congressional offices across the nation Wednesday, according to the MoveOn.org website.