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Immigrant Rights Groups to Hold Concert & Rally in Front of Private Incarceration Facility
“Chant Down the Walls” is Concert, Community Gathering, and Creative Protest
What: Concert with Los Jornaleros del Norte (and surprise guests) & Rally to Stop Deportations
When: Sunday, March 29th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Across the street from the GEO Adelanto Detention Facility, 10250 Rancho Rd, Adelanto, CA 92301
Who: The California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC), Inland Empire – Immigrant Youth Coalition (IE-IYC), Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Southern California (JFIC), National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Orange County Immigrant Youth United (OCIYU), Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC), RAIZ, family members of people detained at Adelanto, and community members from across Southern California
Why: Chant Down the Walls is creative protest that combines music and action order to visibilize and redress suffering caused by unjust detention, criminalization, and deportation of migrant communities. Growing out of a successful series of seven straight concerts held at the Metropolitan Detention Center (an immigrant prison that hides in plain sight in Downtown Los Angeles), the events help galvanize support for families facing deportations, they combat the dehumanization of migrants, and they lift voices to reject walls that divide us, forming a unified chorus for equality.
Inspired by these actions, several artists pledged their support, and organizers from around the country asked if we could do similar events in their hometowns. A tour was announced that will Last week a similar protest happened in Santa Ana, California. This week, Adelanto is latest stop on tour that is spreading around the country.
And ICYMI– Los Jornaleros del Norte, the house band for immigrant rights in Los Angeles, shot a groundbreaking video at the November 20 Chant Down The Walls event in LA, the same night the President announced his deportation policy shift…