SAN JOSE, Calif. - Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in San Jose on Monday for a discussion supporting access to reproductive rights, and a pro-Palestinian protest has been planned ahead of her visit.
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators calling for a ceasefire in Gaza interrupted the first few minutes of the conversation between VP Harris and actress Sophia Bush. This prompted the VP to say that everyone in a democracy deserves to have their voice heard.
"We all want this conflict to end as soon as possible," Vice President Harris said in response. The demonstrators were quickly removed from the event.
Protesters planned to arrive at Mexican Heritage Plaza to hold a pro-Palestinian demonstration. The organization holding the demonstration, the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, says it will have hundreds of people out in front of the plaza. The group is calling for the Vice President and the Biden Administration to push for a ceasefire in Gaza and an end to the Israel-Hamas war.
Metal barriers were set up ahead of the Vice President's visit to keep demonstrators and onlookers at a distance. The Vice President is speaking on reproductive rights and maintaining access to abortion.
Vice President Harris is expected to highlight what California lawmakers have done to protect abortion access in the year and a half since the US Supreme Court struck down Roe v Wade. She was also in Sacramento over the weekend for a similar event.
The Vice President's plane touched down just after 11 a.m. The protesters planned to begin their demonstration around 9 a.m.