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Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles

by johnk Saturday, Jun. 30, 2018 at 11:26 PM

Just some impressions and comments.

I went to the protest today. It was pretty good. MoveOn organized it along with some local progressive groups. This being LA, there wasn't *too* much patriotic "this is not what America is about."

Unfortunately, child separation, detention, imprisonment, and superexploitation of labor are very much what this country has been about, and continues to be. We need to change that, to align everyone more the the idea of Human Rights, and not try and pretend that the country is always normally open to immigrants.

These myths about this country - or any country - are perpetuated by politicians, schools, and the media, in the goal of creating unity. In the connected media age, these myths don't stand up to scrutiny, because they are not true.

It doesn't mean we have to be cynical, and try to perpetuate the horrors of the past, so we can have a similar future. That's what Trump wants. We can be idealistic. Many peoples' realities are far more complex and even more diverse than our collective national mythology. We can find something in there.

At the protest, I saw a lot of #abolishICE signs. Some of the speakers chastized one of the other speakers, Mayor Eric Garcetti, for collaborating with ICE. That was a surprise, that it was allowed. They made good points.

LA just accepted 425k to work with DHS.

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Girl Chalking Sidewalk

by johnk Monday, Jul. 02, 2018 at 7:58 PM

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This was at the OccupyICE encampment at the Families Belong Together march.

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Looking Up at Detainees 1

by johnk Monday, Jul. 02, 2018 at 8:05 PM

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People gathered on the streets to try and communicate with immigration detainees.

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Looking Up at Detainees 2

by johnk Monday, Jul. 02, 2018 at 8:09 PM

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People gathered on the streets to try and communicate with immigration detainees.

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Blanket Fabric Banner: No Human Being Is Illegal

by johnk Monday, Jul. 02, 2018 at 8:12 PM

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This was a cool handmade banner.

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OccupyICE LA Encampment

by johnk Monday, Jul. 02, 2018 at 8:18 PM

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I thought this was an encampment of unhoused people, but it was the OccupyICE encampment.

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Lady in a Red Pilgrim Dress

by johnk Monday, Jul. 02, 2018 at 8:20 PM

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The costume was stunning.


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Signs Attached to the Freeway Rails

by johnk Monday, Jul. 02, 2018 at 8:31 PM

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Some signs were attached to the rail across from the OccupyICE LA encampment.

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