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Movimiento por la Reunificacion Familiar
Saturday August 1 March and Rally for our Children
Our Children Are Sacred
Latino activists in solidarity with Palestines marched down Market Street Saturday, August 2, in a unity call for saving the children of Central America who are languishing at the US-Mexican border and the children dying in Gaza. Save the children in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Palestine. Movimiento por la Reunifacacion Familiar organizers reached out to everyone to join together in a march chanting, “No mas ninos deportados nuestros ninos son sagrados!” “No more children deported; our children are sacred.” After speakers at 16th/Mission, the protesters took the street and marched to 24th/Mission for another rally. Everyone was given chalk and invited to join in an art project, drawing stick figures to represent the immigrant children detained at the border. Also the names of the 300 children killed in Gaza can be seen written on our sidewalks as a reminder -- our children are sacred.
SF is receiving hundreds of children seeking refuge from US-created violence in Central America and Mexico. San Francisco is a sanctuary city and we need to take action to protect the children and call for an end to deportation of children who come here to escape violence. Carecensf.org urged us to call the White House, 202-456-1111, tell Obama to use his executive powers to give immediate protective status to all minors detained at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Many children trapped at the border are fleeing threats of death from the Drug Wars in their countries. Drug dealers force young children at gunpoint to join their gang. They are refugees and should be protected as that status. Other children flee for the U.S. to be with their families. All these children are refugees and should be protected. Supervisor Campos is working on a resolution to help with this tragedy. Groups participating in the march included, Mujeres Unidas Activas, Carecensf, La Raza, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, AFL-CIO, Gray Panthers, International Action Center, PSL, La Colectiva, and many others.