Press Release: Berkeley Rally for Children in Federal Migrant Detention Centers, Sat., July 13th, 12-2 p.m., Berkeley Civic Center Park

Berkeley Councilmember Rashi Kesarwani
Wednesday July 10, 2019 - 04:51:00 PM

The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to hold a community rally on Saturday afternoon to protest the mass detention of children and adults in torturous conditions at our southern border.

The event will feature Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, City of Berkeley Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González, DREAMers and immigrant rights activists, protest songs by Musicians Action Group and Occupella, faith leaders, and others. The event will also include representatives from immigrant rights organizations, sanctuary congregations, and other groups so protest attendees can learn more about how they can get involved. 

The City of Berkeley was the first U.S. city to declare itself a sanctuary nearly 50 years ago—in 1971 in response to the Vietnam War. Then, the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution to provide sanctuary to 1,000 crew members of the U.S.S. Coral Sea who had signed a petition to stop the ship’s journey back to Vietnam from the San Francisco Bay. 

Now, the Berkeley community will come together—in solidarity with the Lights for Liberty National Day of Action (https://www.lightsforliberty.org/)—to declare that no human being is illegal and demand that all people are treated humanely. 

Please join us to send a message to Close the Camps Now! 

Our event will take place from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13th at Berkeley Civic Center Park, accessible from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation, walk, bike, or carpool.  

For more information, please contact Berkeley Councilmember Rashi Kesarwani - rkesarwani@cityofberkeley.info or 510-982-6128 (Google Voice cell phone number to call or text).