Oakland action to support International Day of Solidarity with the Migrant Caravan

first_imgA community rally was held at Fruitvale Station in the heart of East Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 25, led by young Central American migrant activists to show solidarity with the caravan of Central American families seeking asylum in the U.S. Organized by Pueblo Sin Fronteras, today’s event was called to support the international Day of Solidarity with the migrant caravan.Chris Lopez, a Honduran immigrant with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, welcomed everyone to today’s protest: “We are here today in solidarity. We are here to support the rights of all migrants to seek asylum.”A major emphasis of today’s protest was Honduras and the repressive regime that has created the conditions leading migrants to seek refugee status in the U.S. Honduran flags were prominent in the crowd. Christian Pineda, a University of California-Berkeley student who received asylum in 2015, spoke about poverty, violence and corruption in his country. “More than 56 percent of the people live in poverty,” Pineda stated. “I would see dead bodies on the way to school. People are fleeing to find safety.” Pineda noted that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández secured re-election with the support of the U.S. and Donald Trump.Verónica Aguilar, a Salvadoran migrant who came to the U.S. last year on a similar caravan, talked about repression and violence faced by migrants in the U.S. She spent 11 months in detention and her ankle bracelet was only recently removed.  “We must start collecting basic needs for people on the caravan — food and warm clothing,” Aguilar stated. She urged everyone who could to go to the U.S.-Mexico border and support migrant families.Arlette Jàcome, cofounder of Central Americans for Empowerment and a Guatemalan activist, talked about repression that the caravanistas faced when traveling through Guatemala. “The people of Guatemala supported the caravan and give them rice and food. Later, Guatemalans joined the caravan in Mexico because of extreme hunger and racism,” said Jàcome.The young activist pointed out that the Indigenous people are suffering from malnutrition because the Guatemalan government will not let them grow their own food. “Poverty is political,” she added. “We have had decades of U.S. intervention that has caused both this poverty and racism. When people say they are hungry, we need to give them asylum.” Organizers urged everyone to attend upcoming local events to build support for the Caravanistas and their fight for political asylum.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Game weekend attendance increases

first_imgThe number of visitors on campus during football games this season has been much greater than it was in 2009, and the Pittsburgh game weekend was no exception, Director of Game Day Operations Mike Seamon said. “The numbers are up because of the new energy with Coach Kelly and the team combined with being hospitable and opening the campus,” he said. Director of Notre Dame Security Police Phil Johnson said three people were arrested outside the stadium and two people inside for public intoxication. In addition, 35 people who were removed for violating stadium rules, mostly for impairment or possession of alcohol. “There were no citations issued by police for under age alcohol violation outside the stadium,” Johnson said. Factors such as the roughly 5,800 people who walked through the Notre Dame Stadium tunnel on Friday led Game Day Operations to believe that the weekend was going to be busy, Seamon said. “When people could forecast the weather earlier in the week, coming off a big win against Boston College, and Pittsburgh being a big game, you could tell it would be an exciting weekend,” he said. Seamon also said attendance at the pep rally got a boost, with 14,214 fans watching former receiver Golden Tate provide some inspiration for the team’s victory. “It was a perfect evening in terms of weather,” he said. “There was just a great spirit. It was a good way to kick off the weekend.” This was the second pep rally in which a student walkover to Irish Green was held. Seamon said the feedback from campus has been positive in regards to this new tradition, which started the weekend of the Michigan game. “I thought it was a successful evening,” he said. “It seems we have gotten a good response from the students.” Attendance and energy on campus during the actual game day was also very encouraging, Seamon said, and contributed to the victory of the weekend as a whole. “People had a good spirit and attitude,” he said. “With the big nature of the Pitt game and the weather, it was a hugely successful weekend.” The theme of high fan participation also continued this weekend with on-site transportation, Seamon said. Student clubs raised money by giving 1,400 golf cart rides and 220 pedal cab rides. “We had a lot of people using the pedal cabs and the golf carts, which shows that a lot of people were here enjoying game day,” he said. Seamon said Game Day Operations has been working hard to consistently deliver a special experience for visitors to Fighting Irish football games by providing unique opportunities on campus that only Notre Dame can offer. “Our goal for everyone who is visiting campus is for them to experience everything that is wonderful about Notre Dame, be it the athletics, the academics, faith or the social life,” he said. “These are signature weekends for us.”last_img read more