Sunday 1/14 is the day before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—join the Let Our People Go community circle as we make noise in solidarity with those locked inside West County Detention, which doubles as Contra Costa's jail and the Bay Area’s ICE detention center. As MLK wrote from the Birmingham Jail in 1963, «We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.» Join us in demonstrating against how cash bail, racist policing, and cruel and unusual detention are devastating families in our community.
• Sandra Johnson, member of All of Us or None and policy fellow at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
• Robert Paige, Californians for Justice
• The Choral Majority
• and members of Kehilla Community Synagogue
Bring your noisemakers, signs, friends, family, and neighbors!
This is a youth-and-elder-friendly action that opposes the immorality of detentions/deportations and mass incarceration with activist debriefs, music, art, stories, poetry, interactive small groups, and representation from various faith communities and faithless humanists. Accessible site with parking, plus bathrooms right inside in the visitors waiting room.
LET OUR PEOPLE GO was initiated by members of the Kehilla Immigration Committee on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 11am, modeled in part on the first Saturday vigils held by our partners at Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. The ongoing participation of Bend the Arc activists and regular attendees enriches the community circle.
This one-hour protest is a way for more families with tweens/teens—especially those with citizenship privileges—to stand up for our peoples and bring more attention to this immoral site of internment right in our community. We aim to convey a sustained message of resistance to the right wing's racist, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, ableist, transphobic, homophobic, misogynist ramp up of authoritarian policing, mass incarceration and deportation practices—if not now, when?