All photos Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES; Olivia Lopez holds up her sign to traffic during the Close the Camps Rally Saturday, June 13. Lopez was one of several speakers that spoke to rally attendees at the conclusion of the event.
All photos Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES; Olivia Lopez holds up her sign to traffic during the Close the Camps Rally Saturday, June 13. Lopez was one of several speakers that spoke to rally attendees at the conclusion of the event.

Rally calls for closing of detention camps

August 2, 2019

Dozens of protestors gathered in Cole Park Saturday, July 13, to demonstrate against the ongoing detention of migrants and the poor conditions in facilities housing them uncovered by recent reports.

For Chloe Torres, a junior and history major at TAMU-CC and one of the organizers of the event, the rally was a way to voice their opposition to what they considered a historical pattern.

Olivia Lopez and Armando Cavazos chant during the rally. Dozens attended the rally, including a handful of counter protesters.

“Throughout the history of the United States,” Torres said, “we’ve seen this kind of criminalization and demonization of human beings used by governments under the veil of legality to treat people as disposable, largely for profit. We’re here to say, ‘No more. We’ve figured out your pattern, and we’re going to come out and oppose that as hard as we can and as frequently as we can.’”

Members from several groups pitched in to help with the event, Torres said, including For The Greater Good, the Corpus Christi Immigration Coalition, and the Corpus chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. The rally was organized in conjunction with a nationwide initiative called for by a network of groups under the name Coalition to Close the Concentration Camps.

Zak Kaszynski, organizer with the Corpus Christi chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, leads chants during the rally. The demonstration was planned in conjunction with a network of immigrant rights organizations nationwide named the Coalition to Close the Concentration Camps.

Love Sanchez, a TAMU-CC public administration graduate student and co-organizer, hoped the event would help ease the fears of those affected by the current climate surrounding immigration issues.

“I hope people that are out there that are feeling afraid are no longer afraid,” Sanchez said. “That people are out there being a voice for them.”

To read more about the rally and the counter-protest, make sure to pick up our latest issue that will be on stands all through August.

Protesters rally along Ocean Drive to protest the ongoing detention of migrants in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities. According to NPR, the population of migrants detained in centers overseen by ICE reached a record high of 54,000 in June.

 

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