Protesters Question Oakland Mayor On ICE Raid Warning
(by Supriya Yelimeli) – A group of people questioned Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf about her immigration policies after a protest in front of a coffee shop Sunday afternoon.
The protesters were wearing “Make America Great Again” T-shirts and carrying posters, among them one that said, “Lock Libby Up.”
Mayoral spokesman Justin Berton said about 12 people arrived at a farmers market to speak with Schaaf.
Right before they arrived, the group was staging a noon protest in front of Hasta Muerte Coffee at 2701 Fruitvale Ave.
The coffee shop has a policy of denying service to police officers to protect the “physical and emotional safety of customers and employees,” according to a Feb. 22 post on its Instagram page.
Schaaf was at the farmers market for her “Mobile Mayor” series that invites residents to ask questions, Berton said.
The protesters took issue with Schaaf’s decision to notify Oakland residents of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid last month, Berton said.
He said Schaaf’s supporters shouted words of encouragement while she answered the protesters’ questions.
“The mayor is proud to live in a country where everyone has the right to speak their truth and residents have the right to question their elected officials,” Berton said in a statement.
“(Sunday’s) interactions were respectful and she appreciated everyone who took the time to engage in thoughtful discussion,” he said.