More than 100 attend 'anti-racism' rally in Santa Ana in response to violence in Virginia – OCRegister

  • Rev. Kent Doss, second from left, of Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Church in Mission Viejo and Rabbi Stephen Einstein, third from left, address the crowd of people at an anti-racism rally at Sasscer Park in Santa Ana on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The rally was in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Rev. Kent Doss, second from left, of Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Church in Mission Viejo and Rabbi Stephen Einstein, third from left, address the crowd of people at an anti-racism rally at Sasscer Park in Santa Ana on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The rally was in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Alexa Ullom of Anaheim listens to speakers at the anti-racism rally at Sasscer Park in Santa Ana on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The rally was in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Alexa Ullom of Anaheim listens to speakers at the anti-racism rally at Sasscer Park in Santa Ana on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The rally was in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • People take part in an anti-racism rally at Sasscer Park in Santa Ana on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The rally was in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    People take part in an anti-racism rally at Sasscer Park in Santa Ana on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The rally was in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Debbie Langenbacher of Fullerton makes her own sign at the anti-racism rally at Sasscer Park in Santa Ana on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The rally was in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Debbie Langenbacher of Fullerton makes her own sign at the anti-racism rally at Sasscer Park in Santa Ana on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The rally was in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • People wave flags during an anti-racism rally at Sasscer Park in Santa Ana on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The rally was in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    People wave flags during an anti-racism rally at Sasscer Park in Santa Ana on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The rally was in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

SANTA ANA During a hastily organized rally in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, religious and community leaders told about 150 people Saturday evening that racism has no place in Orange County.

“We need to stand against what is wrong,” Rabbi Stephen J. Einstein of B’Nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley, said to the crowd assembled at Sasscer Park. “We need to take a stand against what is wrong.”

The rally was arranged by the Orange County Racial Justice Collaborative in response to Saturday’s clash between white nationalist groups and counter-protesters in Charlottesville. A 32-year-old woman was killed in the protest when a car plowed into demonstrators. In addition, two law enforcement officers were killed in a Virginia State Police helicopter crash.

In Santa Ana, protesters held signs with such slogans as “White Supremacy Is Terrorism.”

At one point, they shouted out in unison “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascists In The USA.”

Lulu Hammad of Aliso Viejo, a member of Indivisible 48, an accountability watch dog group, said white supremacy and racism have been around before the election of President Donald Trump.

“Trump is the symptom not the phenomena itself,” she said.

Following the speeches, the protesters marched through Santa Ana.

There were no reports of violence.

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