On Nov. 18, the Anti-Imperialist Coalition of San José, Calif., held a rally outside City Hall to protest the overthrow of indigenous President Evo Morales of Bolivia by a U.S.-backed coup. Despite short notice, more than two dozen people, a majority youth, joined the action. The recently formed coalition brings together activists from Anakbayan Silicon Valley, Barrio Defense Committee, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and ANSWER, among others.
Citlalmina Maria Q Ortiz of the Barrio Defense Committee, a long-time activist and organizer in San José, chaired the rally and made strong statements exposing the reactionary and racist nature of the coup in which outright fascist forces played a prominent role.
Other speakers included Mike Paradela from Anakbayan, reading a statement on the coup by the Coalition; Sharat Lin of the Santa Clara Peace and Justice Center with a statement of support; and long-time activist Omar Vásquez, who made an educational presentation on the history of U.S. interventions in Latin America.
An especially impressive speaker was a high school student, Sam Brashears, who delivered two powerful statements in the course of the rally. Alex Woolner, a young activist representing PSL, read from an analysis of the coup published on the party’s Liberation News website.
The action was highly visible to the rush-hour traffic on intersecting Santa Clara and Fourth Streets, and many passing motorists honked in support.