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Fasting for the Children
Youth held a press conference Tuesday, August 12, to call attention to the children at the border
San Francisco youth are holding a fast for 5 days to call our attention to the crisis of the children trapped at the U.S. Mexico border. Youth from ages 16 to 20 held a press conference at City Hall, Tuesday, Aug. 12 and announced their plan to set up a tent across from City Hall Tuesday and Wednesday for donations. They will then return to ICE headquarters Friday at noon to end their five-day fast. Youth are taking this action to get the word out about the inhumane treatment of children languishing at the border. They asked us, “Put yourself in the kids shoes; they are just children!” One youth spoke of being inspired after learning that Cesar Chavez often fasted for causes for the farm workers. Another youth’s inspiration came from students in LA holding similar actions.
Olga Miranda of Local 87 accompanied the youth and announced that the SF Labor Council supported “Fasting for the Children” and donated $400 at its regular monthly meeting the night before. The goal of the fasting campaign is to raise $10,000. Donations may be given at the tent site across from City Hall in the form of clothing, shoes etc for the children from 8AM to 6PM Tuesday & Wednesday and Friday at ICE 630 Sansome Street.
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(Youth names purposely have not been used in this article)