standing at a demo this morning in downtown sf, protesting the deportation of central american children. hundreds have been sent from the border to the bay area to be temporarily reunited with family, though many have since been tried and deported thanks to the Rocket Docket: new policy for expediting deportation hearings.
"inadequate legal representation" would be understating things. in some cases, due to shortage of lawyers, these refugee children have been asked to represent themselves in court.
of the ones deported and sent back to central america, there have been reports that upon arriving back in their home states, 5 have been killed.
stakes are high.
and more children are arriving in sf every week.
so the protest is huddled on the sidewalk, sutter and montgomery, in front of the immigration court, and we've left a little space for people to walk by. i see these two young men coming toward me, one black, one white, both over 6 feet tall, both impeccably dressed, the white one in a navy blue pinstripe suit that probably costs a year's worth of rent for me. these are the kind of men who probably graduated from ivy leagues and went straight into investment banking.
just as they pass me, pinstripe guy says to his friend, "these people need to get a job."
it's hard to fathom this level of ignorance and awfulness among the elite.
i immediately wished i'd had my fancy camera with me, could duck around the corner and intercept them at the next intersection, request a photograph for my "street fashion blog," then share this story with their images attached.
well, anyway. at least the coalition organizing through Movimiento por la Reunificación de las Familias is going pretty well. let me know if you'd like any details for how to get involved with one of their committees: Action, Services, Legal, or Communications.