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Alegria De La Cruz and her family were walking home from a Santa Rosa park when they saw the Black Lives Matter demonstrators coming up Sonoma Avenue.
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It was a balmy Saturday evening in June 2020. De La Cruz, the daughter and granddaughter of labor activists, felt right at home among the marchers. But her 13-year-old son, Ome, was less at ease. Picking up on tension between the police and protesters, he turned to his mother. “We gotta go,” he said. “This isn’t going to be safe.” There were families and children among the protesters. “Do they look dangerous?” she asked him. They did not, Ome answered. She told him about the strikes and protests her parents and grandparents had been a part of. “Imagine that’s your...