Rally! Families Belong Together // San Francisco

On Saturday, June 23, thousands of parents, community leaders, teachers, doctors, grandparents and neighbors gathered at Embarcadero Plaza at 10am to send a strong message to the Trump administration’s latest attack on Latino immigrant families: STOP.

Saturday’s “SF Families Belong Together” rally is co-sponsored by the Women’s March San Francisco, in partnership with the Latino Community Foundation, NAACP-SF, San Francisco Democratic Party, San Francisco Labor Council, The Interfaith Movement of Human Integrity, and other leading organizations. Speakers include Mayor-Elect London Breed, Rev. Amos Brown from NAACP, Lariza Cuadra-Dugan, CEO of CARECEN SF, as well as other faith and community leaders.

More than 2300 children have been separated from their parents and kept in detention centers. President Trump signed an executive order on June 20 to end the separation of families at the border. However, the order directs Department of Homeland Security to detain families indefinitely, while their criminal proceedings and asylum cases are adjudicated.

“We must remain steady and focused until policies that criminalize families who lawfully seek asylum stop! We must stand guard to protect and defend our immigrant families as this administration tries to cover up its role in provoking this current crisis,” said Olga Talamante, Co-Founder of the Chicana / Latina Foundation.

“This is a fight for the soul of our nation,” said Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation. “The cries of our children remind us that our democracy—and the values and promises it has made—still long to be fulfilled. We are determined to end the criminalization of immigrant families. We are committed to guard the hope of the America we love.”

The long-term effects on the children experiencing this trauma were highlighted in a statement made by the San Francisco Marin Medical Society: “We are strongly opposed to this horrific policy. We know from studies that childhood traumatic events disrupt the natural development of a growing brain and body, increasing the lifetime risk for heart problems, cancer, diabetes and stroke. Early childhood trauma is not only detrimental to the child’s health, but also for the entire family and community.”

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From the Latino Community Foundation:

The last two weeks have been heart wrenching. An aching pain beyond words has kept us up at night. The anguish cries of children reminded a nation that this is a fight to save the soul of our country.

But we are NOT done yet. We can rest when all children are reunited with their families. We can rest when families seeking asylum are free from jails. We can rest when we end the criminalization of immigrants, and instead welcome them with open arms as human beings who deserve the opportunity to be in this country.

These are the core values our nation was founded on — a home country for the destitute and oppressed yearning to be free.

On Saturday, we take another step forward in claiming these truths! Join us tomorrow morning in San Francisco. We will lift our voices, strengthen our resolve, and build community unified by an ache for justice and a commitment to HOPE.

With enormous love and determination, Jacqueline.






Join us this Saturday, we are meeting at 9:30 am at the Philz Coffee on 5 Embarcadero Center (on Market and Embarcadero) in San Francisco. Click here for the Facebook event. You can also sign up for the national mass mobilization efforts on June 30th.



Call your local representatives and express your outrage around this issue. Urge your Members of Congress to use Congress’ oversight authority to stop criminalizing and jailing families. Find your representatives here.



Support RAICES, a local immigrant rights group in Texas seeking to address this issue. For more organizations to support, please click here.