No Kids in Cages

Kick-off Daily Vigil for Compassion at Our Borders

Our first sidewalk vigil for Compassion at Our Borders today brought 60 passionate people to the intersection of Page Mill Road and El Camino Real in Palo Alto, California. We are standing up for the children suffering in cages at the hands of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents on our southern border.  Drivers blew their horns in support. One demonstrator waved a large American flag. A reporter and photographer from the San Jose Mercury News covered the action

Our goal is to close the heartbreaking, unethical, and illegal imprisonment camps where U.S. government employees are now abusing people seeking asylum, mostly brown, Latino people.  We see the racism. We recognize that the stories government officials tell to justify imprisoning immigrants are similar to the stories that government officials told to justify the imprisonment of Japanese-American U.S. citizens here in California during World War 2, to imprison our Jewish family members in Europe in the 1940's, and on many other occasions.

Never again means never again for everyone! Never again means close the camps!

You may join us on any and every day except Saturday for the next three weeks, from 12 pm to 12:30 pm, at the corner of Page Mill Road and El Camino Real.



Free the children! Free the families!

You may telephone your member of Congress and Senator every day at lunch time:

          Find your U.S. Representative in the House:

          Find your U.S. Senator:

Tell them: "Reunite children with their families!  Let my people go!  I refuse to let a re-election stunt endanger thousands of children and their parents!  There is no reason to imprison asylum seekers because the vast majority of asylum seekers who are freed attend all of their immigration hearings!"

Our crowd today included members of Bend the Arc: South Bay Chapter, Congregations Beth Am, Etz Chaim, and Kol Emeth, and the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council.  Also present were members of Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice, Spark Church, and other local churches. This effort is multi-denominational, secular and religious, for adults and for children. For Jews, this three week period from the 17th of Tammuz (corresponding to July 21, 2019) until Tisha B'Av (August 11) is a time of mourning for several historical disasters that befell the Jewish people.  Today, we must add to those disasters the cruelty that U.S. government employees are inflicting on asylum seekers.