Friday, June 29, 2018

Young People's Resistance Committee Marched In Milwaukee's Southside Against Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy

More than 100 students from various universities and colleges including allies rallied and marched against Trump's Zero Tolerance policy in Milwaukee's Southside.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

June 29, 2018

Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, more than 100 students from various universities and colleges including allies gathered for a rally and impromptu march at Walker's Square Park in Milwaukee's Southside against Trump's Zero Tolerance policy that separates children from undocumented parents seeking asylum in the U.S. The protesters after several testimonials were provided by speakers, they decided to march on the street along W. Mineral St. to S. 11 St. heading north then turned west on W. National Ave. to S. César E. Chavez Dr. heading south to W. Greenfield Ave. then heading east on Greenfield to S. 10th St. and then they turn north on S. 10th to Walker's Square Park without any police escort. It was a peaceful march and no arrests were made.
The event was sponsored by Young People's Resistance Committee (YPRC) and allies. The protesters were also chanting during the march and demanding for Anselmo Villarreal, the Vice-chair of Southwest Key Projects (SWP or SWK) to resign from the Board of Directors. Villarreal, the current CEO from La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha confirmed last Sunday to Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that he will not resigned. Villarreal stated, "SWK doesn't support the separation of families at the border, SWK and other communities providers in this service area are the alternative to the cages you have seen in the media .
"The kids that we serve and their well-being are our main priority. Our goal is to reunite children with a parent or sponsor, but until then we provide food, clothing, licensed medical care, counseling, education and most importantly a safe and loving environment.
"We don't make policy and we don't run detention centers "WE CARE FOR CHILDREN."
"For 30 years we have been committed to our values and mission, regardless of policy so kids in need are taking care of and reunited with their families. I am honor to serve in the Board of SWK, so I AM NOT RESIGNING."
YPRC who was the formerly YES group affiliated with Voces de Frontera says that the Trump Administration has been running a terror campaign against immigrants in the United States. Most recently this has meant the separation of children from their families at the border. YPRC held the rally and march on Thursday to demand the following:

1. An end to the Trump Administration's zero-tolerance policy on the imprisonment of immigrants.

2. The right of families to remain united throughout the entire process of petitioning for asylum.

3. For Anselmo Villarreal to step down from his current position as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Key Program (SKP) and publicly denounce the separation of children from their families under the current administration's policy.

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