Peninsula Biden/Harris rally inspires rallies across country
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After Joe Biden was declared winner of the presidential election, Peninsula native Whitney Cicero texted her friend Kim Rhodes, “I just want to stand on a corner and wave my flag.” Rhodes, a recent transplant from Philadelphia, responded, “I’ll come with you.” And then added, “But hold on, there must be more who feel like we do.”
Along with fellow Peninsula residents Cassie Jones, Stacey Stoler, Lara Shea, Kristina Correa and with social media guidance from Ellie Brisbin, they hosted their first rally at Malaga Cove on Sunday, October 4.
“About 15 people showed up. I thought that was a lot. Everyone wore masks and socially distanced. They brought their own signs. Their enthusiasm was huge,” Cicero said.
That evening, Rhodes built a Facebook page named #ResponsibleRallies and posted images of the rally.
Over the next few days #ResponsibleRallies, attracting thousands of people, popped up in Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Maryland and Nevada.
“We couldn’t believe how quickly it sparked. I think Biden/Harris supporters were tired of seeing images of reckless MAGA rallies and wanted a way to share their enthusiasm for the Biden/Harris ticket.”
“We wanted a place where people could feel safe bringing their children,” Cicero said. “And their dogs,” Rhodes added.
“It’s kind of like being the first person on the dance floor. It just takes one person to step out there and start dancing and then everyone rushes in,” Cicero said.
“We made so many new friends -– both on the grass at Malaga Cove and online. We are happy to have a President who has integrity, is respected globally, and whose tweets we can read to our children,” she added.
The group plans to continue supporting the Biden/Harris presidency through their newly renamed Facebook page #Defend Democracy. PEN
by Jen Ezpeleta