Here are some pictures I took with my smart phone--clicking on a picture will give you the larger version. The rally was scheduled for 10AM, but people were still arriving right up until after 11.
His Grace was followed by Congressman Jeff Denham, who pleaded for Democrats and Republicans in Washington to put aside their differences, and to help the people of Iraq. The congressman i9s in the yellow circle in the photo below.
Below is another eastern Bishop who was at the rally--I did not get his name.
There were lots of very moving signs:
Latin Rite Catholics were there to show support for their Assyrian brothers and sisters:
That's Sr. Ignatius, and Mr. Franco Reguzzoni, a teacher from De La Salle High School in Concord holding the flag with the "We Are N" symbol attached. A shining example for his students!
And the Catholic Military families were there, too!
After the rally, our shepherds took the lead in the March to Union Square
The demonstration more than filled Union Square.
There will be another demonstration supporting the Assyrian Christians this Friday at San Francisco's United Nations Plaza. It will begin at 11:00 AM. You can find more details here: