DAILYKENN.com -- Hasta Muerte Coffee is getting national media attention that could translate into an uptick in business; providing the manager can manage to run off the patriots who are running of would-be patrons.
Protesters gathered Sunday outside a Fruitvale cafe that has refused to serve uniformed police before appearing at a Temescal farmers market to question Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Around 10 a.m., about a dozen people, who identified themselves as supporters of President Trump, set up in front of Hasta Muerte Coffee, 2701 Fruitvale Ave.
Some carried American flags or wore flag-themed clothing as they berated the cafe, which refused to serve Oakland police Sgt. Robert Trevino a cup of coffee on Feb. 16.
A message on the cafe’s social media account posted six days after the cafe’s refusal to serve Trevino said: “We have a policy of asking police to leave for the physical and emotional safety of our customers and ourselves.”
The post also showed a crossed-out Oakland police seal and badge with the words “Habla con tu vecinxs no con la policia,” which translated means “Speak with your neighbors, not the police.”
The protesters, while condemning the cafe, also chanted “This is Trump country” and “Blue lives matter.” Community supporters of the cafe immediately rallied, showing up with signs and chanting “Let’s go Oakland!”
Around noon, about a dozen of those protesters then left the neighborhood to show up at the Temescal farmers market in the 5300 block of Claremont Avenue during Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s “mobile mayor” gathering.
Mayoral spokesman Justin Berton said Schaaf, who has held about a dozen other similar gatherings around the city, met and spoke with some protesters after at least two signed up to speak with the mayor for several minutes about the fallout from recent local and regional sweeps by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement deportation agents.
“The mayor is proud to live in a country where everyone has the right to speak their truth and residents have the right to question their elected officials,” Berton said Sunday.
“Today’s interactions were respectful and she appreciated everyone who took the time to engage in thoughtful discussion.”
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