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ElectionsNo on Prop 16 car rally draws crowds in Milpitas

No on Prop 16 car rally draws crowds in Milpitas

Last Saturday, September 19, about 100 cars — all decorated with signs and flags — drove down Milpitas streets including Abel, Jacklin, and Park Victoria, to spread a message to vote NO on Prop 16. 

This event was endorsed by Californians For Equal Rights (CFER) and planned by a team of 40 volunteers in Milpitas. 

Tina Xu, the rally’s main organizer, was thrilled with the turnout. Xu estimates around 200 attendees were on hand.

Proposition 16, which will be on this year’s November 3 ballot, could restore affirmative action in California. If it passes, it will allow gender, race, and ethnicity to be used in government decision-making policies. However, those who planned and attended the rally feel that Proposition 16 only promotes inequality.  



“I hope Milpitas can hear our voice,” said Xu. “We don’t want division by race.” 

The event featured speakers such as congressional candidate Ritesh Tandon, Milpitas City Council candidate Suraj Viswanathan, and Assembly District 25 candidate Bob Brunton. 

“Let’s all pledge to defeat Prop 16 this November, and stop race-based discrimination, and give real equal opportunity to All,” wrote Tandon in an email to The Beat after the rally. 

Viswanathan feels the same way. “Since I believe racial discrimination in any form is wrong, I have no choice but to oppose Proposition 16. I did not come to California sixteen years ago from India with but $100 in my pocket to be discriminated against because of my ethnicity,” shared Viswanathan. “Nor did I come here expecting to be treated unfairly or receive preferential treatment because of the color of my skin. I did not come here to be a number on a quota list.” 

The first such car rally occurred on July 3 of this year in Cupertino; others have been organized in places across the state including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Carmel Valley. The Saturday rally in Milpitas was the fourteenth one.




Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro is the winner of a 2022 Golden Quill Award for her Education journalism. She works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works mostly with nonprofit organizations and educational entities to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also the author of “Fierce Woman: Wake up your Badass Self” and “Magic Within: Womb-Centered Wisdom to Realize the Power of Your Sacred Feminine Self.” Her YouTube channel features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief.


  1. Never forget what Prop. 16 is trying to take away.

    The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.

    VOTE NO!0

  2. Really surprised to read Me. Tandons remarks as he himself promotes DISCRIMINATION based on nationailty…i even have PROOF of it…such a bigot


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