Asylum, family separation topics of Aug. 3 event

Fear Force and Family Separation: Human Rights Violations on the U.S. Mexico Border is a community event that will both raise awareness about the current circumstances detained immigrants are facing and raise funds for organizations serving Central American immigrant and refugee families that are separated, displaced and/or detained. 

When:   Saturday August 3rd
Time:     1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where:  Monterey Japanese American Citizens League Center
                424 Adams Street Monterey California 93940

The event will feature community activist speakers Blanca Zarazua, Salinas attorney at law and Dr. Chris Hasegawa and will also include a cultural program of poetry, music, dance and spoken word. Equipto, Alicia Moreno de Palma and the Yaocuauhtli Danzantes are among those who will perform.  Funds raised will go to organizations such as the Border Angels and the United Farmworkers of Salinas who are assisting, representing and caring for immigrant asylum seekers trapped in detention centers or awaiting their immigration process.

According to organizers Naomi Quiñonez and Nicole Henares, the Trump administration’s campaign of “terror” against refugee and immigrant families seeking asylum at the border is a dangerous and precedent for targeting vulnerable populations.  According to Quiñonez “The Japanese American community is supporting the event because of their own history of family incarceration in the internment camps during WWII. Their response is Never Again!” The organizers cite the death of at least seven children in the custody of ICE as intolerable and unacceptable. “People of reason and consciousness who believe in democracy and the rule of law must all come together to resist these human rights violations” Quiñonez emphasized. 


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