Los Angeles:

We Say No More! Let Our Children Go!

June 23, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


From a reader:

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, an emergency protest was held at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Los Angeles against the detention and inhumane treatment of thousands of children from Central America by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The protest was initiated by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, co-sponsored by Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional, and endorsed by Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Revolution Club.

The children—who have been captured while trying to cross the border between Mexico and the U.S., mostly unaccompanied by adults—are being held in detention centers in Texas and other parts of the U.S. under inhumane conditions. (See "Tens of Thousands of Immigrant Youth Brutally Imprisoned—In the USA" and "The Children Who Cross the Border... And the Crimes of the U.S.")

There was a lively scene at the protest. A large banner called for the October 2014 Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation! Copies of the Call for the Month of Resistance and Revolution newspaper got out to passers-by. A group of Aztec dancers with drums united with the protest—they have been at this location every week, protesting attacks and deportations of immigrants. Among the people who joined that action were family members who came to visit some of the 50 people who had been caught up in a recent "anti-gang" sweep by the police and FBI that is one of the biggest mass arrests in recent LA history. The protest was covered by local TV news and international Spanish-language press.

We Say No More! Let Our Children Go!

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