Co-president of the City of Alameda Democratic Club, Gabrielle Dolphin, was met with a tide of opposition at an overflow club meeting last Wednesday. The meeting coincided with a “Home is where the Heart Is” panel discussion with all the stakeholders in the housing crisis. A demonstration of some 25 people carried signs reading “Racist” and “Gaby Go Away” into the meeting. The protestors took offense from rhetoric appearing in a letter Dolphin penned regarding the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act (“Open Letter on Rent Control Setback,” Jan. 25).
In just 24 hours after the call went out, an estimated 300 to 400 Alamedans showed up at Ninth Street and Santa Clara Avenue, in front of the Islamic Center, in support of Islamic Alameda residents. The crowd asserted the message that “We All Belong Here,” and rose up to say “no” to the Executive Order seeking to ban people from seven primarily Muslim nations from entering the country. The group of Alamedans chanted and cheered as they were met with support from people driving by.