Free the Children! And Resources for Immigrant Families in Public Schools
On Monday, Sept. 16th, over 1,000 students helped to lead a mass protest with partner organizations who rallied and marched along Mission Street from 24th St. to San Francisco City Hall.
BVHM students created colorful signs, banners, and butterflies, which were held in the air, as their voices called to close the camps of ICE Detention Facilities and give justice for immigrant kids and families. Jamestown Community Center partners, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), Mission Neighborhood Centers, and Instituto Familiar de la Raza, joined the students to protest along with many other San Francisco community organizations. At City Hall, community leaders, including Mayor London Breed, and Supervisor Shamann Walton, spoke about the harmful conditions and negative effects ICE has on our communities and provided support reaffirming San Francisco’s status as a Sanctuary City for immigrants. Check out video coverage of our students and the protest march here.
There has been recent talk about the State of California shutting down for-profit prisons, some of which are currently ICE camps. San Francisco and the Jamestown community will continue to make our voices heard in this injustice and fight as long as it takes until the confinement ends.
Earlier this February, Jamestown began an affiliate partnership with UnisdosUS, the largest Latino advocacy organization in the country. UnidosUS focuses on at least seven major issues that affect the Latino community: civil rights & criminal justice, economy, education, health, immigration, voting, and youth. Our partners at UnidosUS have provided a few resources to inform us on these important issues for a successful school year.
Student & Family Resources
Know your rights: Students or parents who are immigrants or undocumented by UnidosUS
Video Games About Immigration by CommonSense Media
How To Talk With Your Kids About The Border Situation by CommonSense Media
Resources for Undocumented High School Students by My Documented Life
Unaccompanied Children in Schools: What You Need to Know by Colorin Colorado
How to Recognize Fake News by CommonSense Media