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Some call for 4th of July boycott after Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

ALAMEDA, Calif. (KGO) — Bay Area residents took part in dozens of July 4 parades on Monday. But following the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade, some have expressed unease at celebrating the nation’s independence when, they say, women have lost some of the rights they held for 50 years.

There’s nothing more American than a 4th of July parade. Alameda has one of the most colorful and diverse celebrations.

For some, as the nation celebrates its independence, there is a sense of gratitude and at the same time anger over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“We feel like it’s about freedoms, freedom of speech, the ability to have independent rights and that’s part of it for us. It’s not about taking away, it’s is actually to celebrate and fight,” said Jackie Jackson Daley, spokesperson for the new group. abortion rights committee in Alameda who distributed information on how to join their group.

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The vast majority of those celebrating on Monday were receptive.

Martinez, also in the East Bay, celebrated the Fourth with a parade as a few brought their signs to express how they continue to feel about the decision.

The event was hosted by 18-year-old Dream Lopez. Among those who expressed their thoughts was Anamarie Avila Farias of the Contra Costa County School Board.
Last week, she called for a July 4 boycott on Facebook.

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“It is completely inaccurate that the fact that we want to defend human rights and civil liberties is the most American thing to do,” Avila Farias added.

Many more expressed their feelings on social media, such as actress Jessica Chastain raising her middle finger and writing, “Happy Independence Day from me and my reproductive rights.”

Alameda’s Diane Alexander believes the right to choose should be celebrated every day in America.

“The 4th of July is just one of our 365 days of the year and what could be better. Our founding fathers would not have agreed that we had to opt out of our rights,” Alexander said.

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