2800 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Day of Action to bring awareness of President Trump’s inhumane treatment of immigrants
On Monday, September 16, 2019, Mexican Independence Day, community members from throughout the Bay Area will join together to protest and demand the detention camps be closed and children be freed from cages. We are outraged at the inhumane conditions that exist at the detention centers. We condemn the criminalization of migrants and refugees who are seeking a better life and we are taking action to bring about real immigration reform.
The recent killing of 22 people in El Paso, Texas, the majority of Mexican descent, points to the direct connection between anti-immigrant sentiments and white-supremacist domestic terrorism. It is deplorable that the President of the United States continues to use inflammatory rhetoric to incite domestic terrorism against what he calls the “invasion” of immigrants. We stand in direct opposition to this divisive hate speech which is responsible for the killing of innocent U.S. citizens and Mexican nationals.
WHEN: Monday September 16, 11 am - 6 pm (Representatives will also be available to speak to the media at the City Hall rally)
11 am - Rally at 24th & Mission Street (BART Station)
12 pm - March to City Hall (from 24th BART along Mission Street)
1 pm - Rally at City Hall
3 pm - Deliver demands to Congresswoman Pelosi and Senator Feinstein, and Protest at ICE office
6 pm - Celebration & Rally at 24th & Mission Street
WHO: The protest and rally action is organized by the Coalition to Close the Camps and Free our Children. It is endorsed by many groups and individuals throughout the Bay Area (see partial listing below)
WHAT: Over 500 children will lead the march to City Hall, along with youth, families, faith-based groups, activists, and union members. There will be ceremonial prayers, Danzantes (traditional dancers), Loco Bloco drumming, Brass Liberation Band, and dynamic speaking to demand justice for immigrants. Speakers will describe experiences of immigration and of the oppression under the current administrations racist policies.
Speakers include: S.F. Mayor London Breed, Dr. Estella Garcia, (Instituto Familiar de la Raza), Francisco Herrera (Artist), Parent who lives in SF and son is being detained in Texas Camp, Assemblymember David Chiu (District 17), Woman immigrant from Guatemala, Archbishop King (St. Kohn Coltrane Church), Sarah Sousa (DACA student), Rafael Jesus Gonzalez (Poet Laureate, Berkeley), Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf + shofar blow, Olga Miranda (SF Labor Council), Erika Hidalgo (ANSWER Coalition), Carol Ehrie (Coalition to Close the Concentration Camps), Roberto Y. Hernandez (A Day Without Immigrants Coalition), Shahid Buttar (candidate for U.S. House CA-12), Committee Cultural Maya Mam (Guatemalan Mayan Dancers), Fabian Maynetto (Party for Socialism and Liberation).
Partial listing of endorsers includes: Mayor London Breed, SF Assemblymember David Chiu, United Educators of San Francisco, S.F. Labor Council, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, Latino Democratic Club, Peace and Freedom Party, San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition, Mission Economic Development Agency, Council on American-Islamic Relations, SFBA, S.F. Living Wage, La Pena, Oakland Privacy, United to Save the Mission, Mi Familia, Frisco Resistance, Jamestown Community Center, Shahid Buttar, Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club, Party for Socialism and Liberation - San Francisco, Secure Justice, International Marxist Tendency.
Get involved! Contact 415-206-0577. Share the Facebook event.
The ANSWER Coalition is a co-sponsor of the Sept. 16 action.