Tonight: Family-friendly candlelight vigil at Fremont Park


"Make America kind again," will be the mantra of a family friendly candlelight vigil to be held tonight (Friday, Nov. 18) from 6 to 7 p.m. at Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park at the intersection of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive.

Event organizer Gail Sredanovic says this is her first time organizing a vigil, and the idea is to gather locals in a nonpartisan demonstration to "stand against bullying and hate."

She was inspired by other communities' actions and said, "Nothing has been happening in my neighborhood. People, I think, want a chance to express that they don't agree with being hateful and bullying. … I think it's important for children to see that adults are not in agreement with bullying."

She said she has contacted local Episcopal churches, St. Bede's and Trinity, and Rector Matthew Dutton-Gillett plans to attend. The event is ad hoc and informal, she said, but may include an invocation, some remarks, a song – and, in keeping with her skills as a retired teacher – perhaps a short lesson.

While the demonstration comes after the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president, Ms. Sredanovic said, "This is pretty much nonpolitical. (We're) not planning to address policies or parties. It's just an expression of humane support."

She said she's concerned about Mr. Trump's attitudes towards certain groups of people. Those attitudes have existed for a long time, she said, but only recently have been granted permission, validation and public expression.

She said she worries about what that means for kids in the community who are being taught other values. She hopes the event will show children "that the community has not gone mad."

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Posted by Knute
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 18, 2016 at 12:49 pm

Regardless of one's position on President Trump, it is a worthy goal for all of us to be kind and remember we're in this together. Thanks for organizing the vigil, but please don't let this turn into another anti-Trump protest. Our country and community already have too many devisive tendencies. I, for one, am looking forward walking the neighborhood after Thanksgiving dinner next week to smile and say hi to our neighbors. The community has not gone mad...

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Posted by Resident-
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 18, 2016 at 1:03 pm

Positivity--- If you think, feel it and speak it… you will transcend it~ And by doing so you will send out positive vibes of energy into the community & world in turn making you grateful for all of the awesome things and people around you!

Happy...Thankful & Giving~

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Posted by Really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm

87% of the people in Menlo Park didn't vote for Trump. Who is it everyone is afraid of and thinks is unkind in Menlo Park? It is the Trump supporters that are likely to be discriminated against in this area, not the other way around. The over reaction in this area to the election is surreal, and says a lot about the reason he won in the first place. If I wear a "Make America Great Again" hat in Menlo Park will people be kind to me? Just like everyone was kind to the Mozilla CEO who was forced to resign based on "privately" supporting a ballot measure that passed. Ms. Sredanovic says it isn't about politics yet at the same time says the reason she is doing this is because of Trump. It must be the roving bands of racist Trump Supporters terrorizing Menlo Park that are causing such anxiety.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

I will be there. No, not for politics.

@ Really. Try it, you might like it. Think positive!!

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Posted by Disbelief
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Nov 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm

I applaud the post by Really. I think our youth has had enough of adults dragging them subtly and not so subtly into the political discord of those unhappy with the way our democracy works. Adults would be far better off showing rather than telling their children to be kind and that includes allowing for the viewpoints of others, even if those viewpoints are unpopular. Really is right in saying that it doesn't work the other way around. Trump supporters have been beaten, ridiculed, insulted. Maybe this is the teaching moment. Show your children what is going on in some of our major cities-rioting, looting, anti=Trump rallies, etc...Then explain to them how wrong this is given that the American people elected this president and that these riots are a destructive expression of 'hateful, unkind' behavior. Might be more effective than a vigil.

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Posted by two stories: Love over hate
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

"Trump supporters have been beaten" In Menlo? Really? (to use a phrase)

Sounds to me like the "GET OFF MY LAWN" crowd has a problem with kindness, love and respect. Sounds like they rather children be raised with stories of fear, whether true or not. Definitely two approaches.

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Posted by johngslater
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 18, 2016 at 3:44 pm

I grew up in an area of the country where everyone was kind. You said hi to the police, everyone liked them. No gangs, graffiti or violence. Wonderful parents. I look back at the 50's with very nice memories. And this area voted for Trump. Nobody from home has told me they are holding any vigils to Make America Kind Again. They are too busy being nice to each other. You mow your own lawn and your car mechanic probably is someone you went to school with and was on your football team.

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Posted by Here's A Thought...
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 18, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Never Speak Or Write From A Place of Hate, Jealousy, Anger, or Insecurity. Evaluate Your Words Before You Let Them Leave Your Lips.
Sometimes It’s Best To Be Quiet~ “Tony A. Gaskins Jr. “

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Posted by Mark B
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 18, 2016 at 4:03 pm

American PEOPLE have NEVER lost their kindness ...So nothing to make kind again. Still and always the MOsT generous people in the HISTORY of the WORLD ...!!!

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Posted by Stuart
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Nov 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm

I do support being kind. But I support standing up to prejudice more fervently. My memories of the 50's include water fountains that Black folks were forbidden to drink from, and neighborhood covenants that forbade selling homes to non-whites. My grandparents fled from a Europe that tried very hard to exterminate all my family. As a nation we are still currently breaking treaties with Native peoples. I think almost all my neighbors do not want to re-make that America, and kindness notwithstanding, people who support the current trend need to be called on it.

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Posted by Thank you Really
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 18, 2016 at 6:01 pm

Thank you for bringing up the "Honor Brigade" - silencing of the "opposition" in this election. If you have not heard about it, see CNN and NYT pieces about the Muslim woman who wrote the WaPo oped about being a 'silent Trump voter' ... Web Link and Web Link I believe we all owe it to ourselves, each other, our children, and the country to *educate ourselves* on the other sides' views. Educate yourselves. Listen to the *other* side (no matter which views you hold). We *can* meet in the middle ground somewhere.

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Posted by cj
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 19, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Did anyone notice the one and only Trump sign visible to everyone in front of a house on Santa Cruz Avenue near the cemetery? Did anyone notice that this one and only sign was defaced? Maybe the "kindness vigil" should be held in front of that house.

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Posted by Ringo Starr
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm

"American PEOPLE have NEVER lost their kindness"

Holy cow! 'Muricans have always been kiND! Always said Pluleeze & Tankyou at a lynching.

Always rsvp'd at the west coast Japanese concentration camps during ww2.

Ando those polite "Irish need not apply" signs!

So kind! Murica! Now Google "Trump rally shirts feelings"


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Posted by disbelief
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Nov 19, 2016 at 5:56 pm

Thank you, Cj for your comment. My point, exactly. I wanted to 'like' your comment but was unable to. It's sad. I have Hillary posters all over my neighborhood, but would never dream of defacing them, despite my own views. This is not the America I grew up in. Sad.

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