The ushering in of Daylight Savings Time will mark the end of El Cerrito Shows UP for this year. Local residents mobilized in 2016 at the height of the Nazi demonstrations in Charlottesville to send a message that our community does not tolerate hate and racism. Since that time, residents faithfully appeared week after week (prior to winter darkness) to maintain this message. Some of the human billboard actions were huge, with over 600 people in attendance.
For almost a month, hundreds of local residents responded to the separations of families at the border.
With a plethora of countywide actions from the different organizations of the social justice community, residents “kept the heat on ICE.” (ICE is the acronym for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The County Sheriff finally agreed to end the County’s contract with ICE and no longer houses detained immigrants at West County Jail.
The point of El Cerrito Shows UP has been two-fold:
To build resistance and remind residents that our current administration cannot be tolerated, accepted or be normalized.
To create community among people who care about social justice and prevent isolation and depression that can easily beset individuals when power in this country is so abused and intended to promote hate.
Clearly, for those who are politically involved, we know the November 6th elections mean the possibility of stopping the train wreck of policies threatening our health care, education, environment and more. How can we show others that voting can make a difference? On Thursday, October 25th, from 5-7 pm., residents will gather for the last El Cerrito Shows UP for this year. PLEASE JOIN US. We will be focusing our attention to the mid-term with sign’s to remind voters what is at stake. If you haven’t been involved, this is a time you can meet up with others and get involved. Plenty of phone banking, text banking and canvassing is still needed to be done. You can find the Indivisible East Bay ready to get you started.
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,
Rally at El Cerrito Plaza (San Pablo Entrance), 6-7pm, Thursday July 26.
On Thursday, July 26th the Trump administration will be facing its deadline to reunite the 3,000 children who were forcibly separated from their families. Let’s show support for those families as we have been doing every week. Join hundreds in voicing your opposition to family separation, ICE detention camps and the continued violation of refugee rights. This event will be filled with songs, slogans and much more. We will be a HUMAN BILLBOARD visible on all streets surrounding the El Cerrito Plaza. This is a family event! Bring your signs or make one at our sign making station.