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Seventh Grade Alum an Organizer of Anti-Asian-Racism Rally in Berkeley


Twelve-year-old Meher School graduate Mila Cavagnaro was one of the organizers of a rally and march against anti-Asian racism held March 28 in Berkeley. An estimated 1,200 people attended the event, which began at Aquatic Park. After hearing a number of speakers – including Mila – participants marched to the Bay Bridge Pedestrian Path carrying placards denouncing discrimination and violence against Asians and Pacific Islanders. The event garnered national media coverage; one of the organizers was interviewed on the Today Show.


“I think it’s important to be an ally,” Mila says. “Even if bad things are happening around you but don’t affect you personally, you still have to do something about it. Most of my Asian friends have experienced micro-aggressions, and my best friend’s mother was coughed at in public.”

Mila and the four other core organizers, all girls, are seventh graders at Black Pine Circle school in Berkeley.