Despite Trump Signing His Executive Order, Actions in San Diego Are Still On

by on June 22, 2018 · 0 comments

in Civil Rights, San Diego

The Overpass Light Brigade’s display on Tuesday evening:

Photo by Syd Stevens via Facebook

Protest Actions in San Diego on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 Still On


11 AM
Keep Families Together With Senator Kamala Harris
Otay Mesa Detention Facility, 7488 Calzada De La Fuente

This Friday, US Senator Kamala Harris will be visiting the Otay Mesa Detention Facility to see firsthand what is happening at our border. Join the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties and Senator Harris this Friday in kicking off a series of local actions to speak up against this inhumane practice and demand that Trump stop separating families. Senator Harris has been an outspoken advocate against family separation but she needs our help in pushing against this atrocious practice.

3:00 – 4:30 PM
“Keep Families Together” Nurse-In
880 Front Street San Diego 92101

Hosted by Independent Indivisible and Together We Will, nursing mothers and their infants will gather with families and other supporters in opposition to the Trump policy of removing migrant children from parents seeking asylum in the United States. Speakers include a nursing mother, a pediatrician and a faith leader. Family friendly event will engage children in song. Event inspired by the reported removal by US border agents of a Honduran infant from her mother while nursing in a detention room in Texas.

7 PM
Interfaith Service and Call to Action
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 2020 Alaquinas Drive, San Ysidro 92173

San Diego Organizing Group, an affiliate of Faith In Action, kicks off a weekend of action with prayers for migrant families and for the soul of our nation.

Hundreds of interfaith leaders will light candles and gather in prayer to support thousands of immigrant families now separated at the border. Following the Friday vigil, attendees will roll out sleeping bags to stay the night at a Catholic church near the border to demonstrate solidarity with their immigrant brothers and sisters.
Friday’s vigil will mark the beginning of weekend-long demonstrations by faith leaders at the church and in the family separation zone.


10 AM – 12:30 PM
Let Our Children Go!
Interfaith Training and Orientation for Day of Action
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 2020 Alaquinas Drive, San Ysidro 92173

San Diego Organizing Group, an affiliate of Faith In Action, will prepare activists to protest.

10 AM – 12 PM
Families Belong Together March
San Diego Civic Center 202 C Street San Diego 92101

San Diego Indivisible hosts a rally against the Trump Administration’s family separation policies. Protesters will march 3 blocks from the civic center to the local headquarters of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the federal building. This event is endorsed by San Diego ACLU, California Teachers Association, local border organizations, Democratic clubs and local unions. Indigenous dancers will do a cleansing ceremony.

10 – 11 AM
North County Families Belong Together Rally
Westfield North County Mall, Overpass at Via Rancho Parkway
272 E Via Rancho Parkway Escondido 92025

Indivisible groups in North County host a rally in support of migrant families and in opposition to the Trump policy of family separation and warehousing of immigrant children.

7 PM
Let Our Children Go!
Interfaith Vigil at Family Separation Zone

San Diego Organizing Group, an affiliate of Faith In Action, will hold a vigil at the border.

Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will lead a march with PICO California and San Diego Organizing Project to protest the cruel immigration policies that have separated more than 2,000 children from their parents.
The march will end at a family separation zone at the California-Mexico border. At the site, faith leaders will protest and share moving stories throughout the afternoon, followed by a candlelight vigil in the evening.
No child deserves to be torn from their parents, and SDOP says the recent Executive Order does not guarantee an end to these policies causing harm to immigrant families. This weekend, faith leaders will demand the Trump administration to:
  • End the inhumane practice of tearing families apart
  • Stop incarcerating children across the country
  • Show compassion for our neighbors seeking refuge as they escape violence
  • Implement more oversight and care for the reunification of immigrant families
“What we’ve been seeing with the Trump administration’s family separation policies – and Jeff Sessions’ use of the Bible to defend them – is truly horrific,” says SDOP leader Father Neal José Wilkinson. “Children do not belong in detention centers. They belong with their families, in our communities, and in healthy, safe environments where they are able to thrive.”


11 AM – 2 PM
Families Belong Together Rally
Waterfront Park 1600 Pacific Highway San Diego

Possible rally in support of a national day of action to oppose Trump’s immigration policies that separate children from parents at our border, deny security to DACA recipients and use ICE to intimidate immigrants. The national march in Washington DC is hosted by Move On, ACLU and other partners. (Local host and details are unclear at this time.)

11 AM
Families Belong Together Rally
Swami’s 1298 S Coast Highway 101 Encinitas 92024

Local activists host a North County rally in support of the national day of action. (Local host and details are unclear at this time.)

People have been donating to various organizations assisting the human beings caught up in the crisis.


Donations have also been pouring in at the American Civil Liberties Union, which has focused on defending immigrant families, said Mark Wier, the ACLU’s chief development officer.

The ACLU has raised $2.5 million online from more than 40,000 people since June 14, when celebrity couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend donated $72,000 each to the organization in honor of Trump’s 72nd birthday.

“We’ve also seen people launch more than 200 peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns on the ACLU’s website alone,” he said.

More Ways to Help

Via Anna’s Daniels most excellent article right here at SDFP:

Our local Indivisible chapters suggest other ways to help by donating to non-profits that will help fund their pro bono lawyers who are working to make sure asylum seekers get adequate care and are also doing the legal work for asylum requests. These families also badly need people to put money into their phone accounts so that they can stay in touch with their lawyers, support organizations, and families.

Non-profit, pro bono Lawyers:

Detainee Phone account donations:

Organization working with the detainees here on the ground & the organizers of the yearly Asylum Seeker caravan for the most vulnerable:

As a faith-based organization, the KBI strives to respond to the most critical needs by respecting the God-given dignity of the human person and by fostering bi-national solidarity through humanitarian assistance, education and research/advocacy.

ACLU who filed lawsuit on behalf of asylum seekers:

The ACLU’s statement on the President’s latest ‘executive order’ reveals just how hollow the administration’s promises are:

“President Trump has been brought to his knees because of the lawsuit we filed on February 26 and the ensuing public outcry. Kids should not have been separated from their parents in the first place and they still don’t belong in jail. His alleged solution to a crisis of his own making is many months too late. It is a crisis that should not have happened to begin with. He has caused irreparable damage to thousands of immigrant families.

“The devil is in the details. This crisis will not abate until each and every single child is reunited with his or her parent. An eleventh-hour executive order doesn’t fix the calamitous harm done to thousands of children and their parents. This executive order would replace one crisis for another. Children don’t belong in jail at all, even with their parents, under any set of circumstances. If the president thinks placing families in jail indefinitely is what people have been asking for, he is grossly mistaken.”

Senator Kamala Harris’ visit to Otay Mesa on Friday (11am, 7488 Calzada De La Fuente), along with her terrific speech on the Senate floor are examples what must be done. Local Democratic office seekers need to make the effort to be visible at these sorts of events.

Thank yous to Anna Daniels and Doug Porter at San Diego Free Press for compiling the above.


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