March in Solidarity with Immigrants, San Diego – Sat., Feb. 18th

by on February 17, 2017 · 7 comments

in Civil Rights, Culture, Election, History, Organizing, Politics, San Diego

San Diegans are  holding a March in Solidarity with Immigrants on Saturday, February 18th. It kicks off with a Rally at Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Hwy), then after speeches, a march to the Federal Building – for more speakers – and finally a march through downtown to the Mayor’s Office.

(As of this posting, 1,700 have pledged to attend, with another 4,900  interested in attending.)

From their facebook:

Rain or Shine! We are calling on all people to unite and march in support of Immigrants and Refugees.

While San Diego has the busiest border crossing in the world and has one of the largest immigrant and refugee populations in the country, San Diego Mayor Faulconer has taken no action to protect immigrants against Trump’s policies.

  • We are demanding that Mayor Faulconer takes indisputable action to make San Diego a sanctuary for immigrants and refugees.
  • We are demanding that Mayor Faulconer endorses SB 54, the California Values Act, which would prevent state and local law enforcement from collaborating with federal immigration authorities.
  • We are promising that if Mayor Faulconer takes a soft stance on protecting the hard working immigrants and refugees that live in his own city, he will have no political future in San Diego or California.

Event Timeline

11:00 Rally at Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Hwy)
11:30 Speeches at Waterfront park
12:00 March to Federal Building
12:30 Speeches at Federal Building
1:15 March downtown
1:45 Arrive at Mayor’s Office

Immigrants build our cities, fight in our military and harvest our food. They are our doctors, lawyers, scientists and executives. Immigrants are Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Sikh, every other faith in between, and many practice no religion at all. They are people of all skin colors and backgrounds. They are diverse. They are beautiful.

#NoBanNoWall #NoMuslimBanSD

Here’s the line up for Saturday*:

Emcee is Mohamed Abdallah,
ASL will be provided by Ingrid Salazar & Paul Lambert
Karina Frost will lead us in – “This Land is your Land” in English then in Spanish

Shaira Alam, Rage Against Fascism Musings and Art
Ismahan Abdullahi
David Alvarez  SD City Councilmember & Antonio Villaraigosa former LA Mayor
DACA/Dreamer Students from King Chavez High School
Imam Taha Hassane, Islamic Center of San Diego – ICSD

Fernando Suarez
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, CA State Assemblywoman
Kathy Stadler, Indivisible San Diego
Aisha Sharif, student at San Diego State University
Augustin Negrete
Nadia Contreras, People over Profits-SD
Shane Harris, NAN San Diego & Imperial Counties


*hat tip to Doug Porter at SDFP

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

john February 17, 2017 at 8:52 pm

I identify as a working class liberal. I wish no harm or violence or oppression to any one of my fellow human beings. But I do require positions to be thoughtful and rational.

Everyone on the this continent is an immigrant. So what is the point in the protest? Does the OB Rag support the Capitalist position of labor being a commodity that can freely move about the globe without regulation and union working class protection? Does the OB Rag support continued US black opts War / rape culture which creates refugees in the first place? Does the OB Rag support globalism, international bankers and the destruction of national boundaries? Does the OB Rag support the government interpretation of events of 911? Does the OB Rag support elimination of WAR, BLack OPTS. budgets, Patriot ACT, Department of Homeland Security, Surveillance State? Does the OB Rag support the racist, class based and violent oppressive government of Mexico? Does the OB Rag support a sanctuary city for those who refuse to pay taxes to the oppressive IRS? Does the OB Rag support Trumps – Robert Kennedy’s oversight of safety of vaccines for our children? Does the OB Rag support Trumps elimination and reversal of OBAMA’S support of NAFTA and TPP? Does the OB Rag support Trumps continuation of Obama’s LGBT rights?
Like many progressives- liberals, I just want a specific positions articulated by the paper. When major national newspapers (NYT and Washington Post) fail us we need a strong local paper.


Frank Gormlie February 18, 2017 at 10:23 am

John, I’m sure you’ve heard about Trump’s threats to round-up undocumented people. It’s a protest against those threats, those policies and the new actions by ICE, and a show of solidarity with immigrants. The rest of your questions are fairly out there … and have no basis.


Marc Snelling February 18, 2017 at 5:08 am

When Serra came the village of Kosa’aay was already here (present day Old Town). Cartier came to Hochelaga (present day Montreal). Powhatan villages existed before there was Jamestown. Everyone on this continent (Turtle Island) is not an immigrant.


Kathleen Hughart February 18, 2017 at 9:44 am

The non-immigrant citizens of the North American/Central American/and South American territory are the indigenous peoples who settled in the Americas thousands of years ago. There are no known “white” “citizens” who date back that far.


Frank Gormlie February 18, 2017 at 10:26 am

According to the facebook page, 2000 have pledged to attend with another 5100 interested.


triggerfinger February 20, 2017 at 10:17 am

The problem goes way deeper than Trump’s time in office. Don’t create more incentives for dangerous smuggling. If you don’t like the federal laws, then protest those, not someone elected on a platform of enforcing them. We should be fighting for a functioning immigration system, not calling for dismantling our border security.

My friend from Canada has been here on a work visa and paying taxes for 12 years and trying to get his green card during that time. He’s spent about $30,000 on the effort with attorneys. Ridiculous!

Sign me up for that protest.


Marc Snelling February 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm

The only place Trumps name is mentioned here is in your comment. The article has the name of the bill in question if you bother to read it.


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