Kids Rally for Equality

Kiera Kaiser (center right) with her mother Nasreen Riahizadeh (on her right), family and friends. Photo courtesy of Nasreen Riahizadeh.


Kiera Kaiser, an 11-year-old, organized the Kids Rally for Equality on March 11 at the Fresno City Hall so youth could speak their minds on why equality is important to them. Kids and teens spoke about racial equality, social justice, immigration, bullying, LGBT rights and equal rights for women.

“We had many amazing speakers. I was super excited to see all of the kids who came and expressed their feelings,” said Kaiser.

The attendees also brought posters and signs, wrote messages with sidewalk chalk and wrote messages on paper hearts. There were around 200 people in attendance from the Fresno area, and there were even some people who traveled from Sacramento to attend the event.

Assembly Member Dr. Joaquin Arambula presented Kaiser with a Certificate of Recognition for organizing the rally. The permit fees were generously paid by Fresno City Council Members Oliver Baines and Esmeralda Soria. Also in attendance were Elizabeth Jonasson-Rosas, a Fresno Unified School District trustee, and Nelson Esparza, a member of the Fresno County Board of Education.