El Cerrito Shows Up Sends a Message to Officials
When the Trump administration instituted a Zero Tolerance Policy at our southern border, the policy resulted in the criminalization of refugees. Mothers and fathers were placed in detention, and their children were taken from them. The family separation policy traumatized mothers, fathers, children, and really, most of America. For weeks, the news interviewed anguished men and women who wondered where their children had been taken; the government dropped a veil of secrecy over the processing at the border; and top officials were unable to get answers from the Department of Homeland Security. Thankfully, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the Trump Administration and a Federal Court judge ordered the Trump Administration to reunify the 3,000 children with their parents. The judge expected the Administration to complete the reunification effort by Thursday, July 26, 2018.
The Trump administration faltered on the court order, claiming that some parents did not qualify to be reunited, while other parents had already been deported –without their children. To most immigrant right activists as well as residents and officials, it seemed evident the administration implemented a tragic policy with no clear plan to address the consequences. Tracking down the children, required a system that had clearly been an afterthought, if any thought at all. When the Trump Administration failed to meet the court order, local residents had something to say.
El Cerrito Shows Up, a weekly action organized by local activists, meets every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the El Cerrito Plaza entrance on San Pablo. Residents make creative signs,
Click the link to watch the news coverage by Univision and aired throughout the country.Broadcast of El Cerrito residents protest