Video by Horacio Jones
On the morning of Saturday, August 16, more than 100 people gathered by the temescal (sweat lodge) in Chicano Park for a ceremony to honor the walkers of A Trail for Humanity. On July 22 a group of women and children left Merced, California on a journey south to the US-Mexico border in San Ysidro to pressure the Obama administration to put a halt to its deportation enforcement only policies; call for an end to the use of police as immigration enforcement agents; demand an end to family separations; and stem the tide of racial profiling that has incarcerated so many migrants and African Americans.
Those gathered at Chicano Park came to support these dedicated women and march with them on the final leg of their walk to the border. The video below, with interviews of one of the lead organizers of the walk, Cindy Gonzalez, Barrio Logan walk organizer Max Bojorquez, and Gretchen Burns-Bergman of Moms United, captures the Barrio Logan portion of A Trail for Humanity’s 300-plus mile pilgrimage.
Editor’s Note: Exclusive San Diego Free Press video package of the Barrio Logan portion of the 300-plus mile pilgrimage to the border. The SDFP would like to welcome videographer Horacio Jones into the Freep family. Horacio runs CinemaViva, a San Diego based video production company where he recently created a documentary on Chicano Park called Cycles of Change: Restoring Quetzalcoatl in Chicano Park. Horacio plans on creating one video package a week for SDFP on a variety of topics. Please welcome him by commenting below.