Saturday, April 8, 2017

Milwaukee School District Declared "Safe Haven" for Immigrants

The Milwaukee School Board unanimously passed a “Safe Haven” resolution on March 30 in response to the growing fears in Milwaukee’s immigrant communities caused by the Trump administration’s actions and statements.

Youth Empowered in the Struggle, a youth group of Voces de la Frontera, along with Schools and Communities United, the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, and progressive school board members including Tatiana Joseph and Larry Miller were key to the resolution’s success.

The resolution states, “That the Milwaukee Board of School Directors declare Milwaukee Public Schools (the District) to be a safe haven for its students and families threatened by immigration enforcement or discrimination, to the fullest extent permitted by the law.” The resolution describes in detail what that means.

Hundreds of students, parents and educators came to the school board meeting in support of the resolution – so many people that an overflow room had to be opened after the auditorium was filled to capacity.

A video of this action, done by ShowTime, captures that power of the youth organizers and importance of this national issue.

Thank you Youth Empowered in the Struggle.

¡Sí se puede! 

photo credit: Joe Brusky

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