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Hundreds March On City Hall To Demand ICE "Free Our Kids In Cages"

Culture & Community By O. DELGADO
Hundreds March On City Hall To Demand ICE "Free Our Kids In Cages"

Hundreds gathered to demand freedom for "our kids in cages" and an end to "all racism/injustice" against people of color.

On Sunday, Hundreds marched from Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles to City Hall to call attention to ICE's inhumane treatment of children in their custody.


According to a flyer, marchers also demanded an end to "racism/injustice" against "all minorities."

A recent New York Times article with the disturbing headline "'There Is a Stench": Soiled Clothes and No Baths for Migrant Children," describes conditions at a border station in Texas:

"A chaotic scene of sickness and filth is unfolding in an overcrowded border station in Clint, Tex., where hundreds of young people who have recently crossed the border are being held, according to lawyers who visited the facility this week. Some of the children have been there for nearly a month.

Children as young as 7 and 8, many of them wearing clothes caked with snot and tears, are caring for infants they’ve just met, the lawyers said. Toddlers without diapers are relieving themselves in their pants. Teenage mothers are wearing clothes stained with breast milk.

Most of the young detainees have not been able to shower or wash their clothes since they arrived at the facility, those who visited said. They have no access to toothbrushes, toothpaste or soap."

The march was held simultaneously with the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Hollywood.

If we want justice and fair treatment for migrants, an end to racism and police brutality against all people of color, we need community leaders to connect with the Black Lives Matter movement so that we can mobilize for each other. Let's harness the solidarity of our shared struggle.

And, mi gente, we have to show out.

This time hundreds, next time, thousands.