This is a call to action
to join women
and women’s accomplices
who are caravaning
to the kids internment camps
and related locations
Our aim is to hold peaceful vigil in solidarity with the kids who have been interned–both with and away from their families.
We will sing songs and bring hand-written notes and bring stuffed animals and books that people have offered in solidarity with kids.
We hope others will join our call to hold peaceful vigils at kids internment camps and related sites across the country. Information to help you organize a caravan may be found below. Let’s do everything we can to show these kids our care.
We are ready to hold a constant physical presence outside these facilities to put continuous pressure on the powers that be to ensure the internment is put to an end.
The Berkeley Caravan
start a caravan IN YOUR CITY
Picking the Departure Time:
PICK A Location for the Caravan to DEPART FROM:
Pick a Point-Person:
Start to spread the word:
Once you’ve done the things listed above, take a moment to breathe. And eat and get some sleep too.
The next stuff doesn’t need to happen until after FOLKS START CONTACTING YOU TO JOIN.
Set up a pre-departure planning meeting
Deciding where to go:
- the nearest ICE facility
- the nearest military base that is currently being prepped or considered as a concentration camp (for us that’s Concord)
- the kids internment camps
- sites being prepped as internment camps in Texas and other places
If one site already has lots and lots of people, perhaps your caravan should go to a different place that doesn’t have as many people holding vigil. Perhaps it’s great if the vigils can be spread out, right?
Also, some people may only wish to travel for a few hours, and for it to be a day-trip. That’s fine! Others are prepped for a much longer journey. That’s great! You can break up into a couple different caravans departing from the same point.
Be sure to let people know nothing is set in stone! The powers that be might shuffle things around before your departure date, and the destination may need to be change at the last minute. Be ready for that. That’s why it’s good to only spread the meeting point of the caravan, rather than the destination, that way if you need to change destinations at the last minute, it will be easy.
Learn all you can about the selected destination(s):
Be sure to work together to learn about where different possible destinations. A couple of you might even want to visit the spots you’re thinking about in advance to decide where people should head. Is there a good spot for people to park? A good spot for folks to stand while holding vigil? These things will all come together once you see the place with your own eyes.
Also, don’t hesitate to try calling difference facilities to see if you can arrange a visit with the kids being held, or arrange a good time to drop off the toys and notes you’ve gathered.
Try connecting with folks who live near the facility–you might try asking around in local peace activist groups to see if they know anyone near the facility who might be able to give you a tour of the area. It’s great to have allies who are there locally!
If you have time, you might try getting a hold of groups working with a given facility. Watch out though! A lot of NGOs are making a lot of money from the kids’ internment–these types will try to stall you from doing something that could end the interment.
See if you can connect with the loved ones of anyone interned or being held in a the facility. This might not happen until after you start the vigil though. Be ready to have these folks come and join you once they hear you are there.
Deciding what to do once you get there:
At some locations, activities may already be planned by various groups and organizations. Or your caravan may be planning the activities. Here are great peaceful things you might do:
- Sing lullabies en mass in Spanish and English and also Latin American Regional Dialects. It’s great if you can have someone(s) guiding this. Be sure to bring plenty of copies of the lyrics to pass out.
- Broadcast recordings of lullabies in Spanish and English on loudspeakers. We haven’t done this yet, but some folks are talking about giving it a try.
- Attempt to deliver toys and books in Spanish to the kids. We were able to gather a hold pickup truck load of toys with just a week’s notice once we put the word out.
- Light candles, hold signs, hold vigil.
- Sing-ins, pray-ins, teach-ins.
- Knitting. There is a group in Australia knits while holding vigils over thing they care about. If you can knit, why not try it? why not do that here too?
- hold a constant physical presence outside these facilities to put continuous pressure on the powers that be to ensure the internment is put to an end
- Note: We were thinking about holding a “cry-in” outside the vigil, but someone pointed out that might be traumatic for the kids to hear all these women wailing outside, right? We want to avoid things that might be load or scary or upset the kids. We are there to be a comforting presence: to do all we can to show them they are loved & to keep the pressure on for their release.
Deciding how long to stay at a given location:
Some people in your caravan may not have an end time. Others need to return home for obligations. Make sure those with cars make clear to everyone (before you all leave) if/when they plan to return.
Other Things You Can Do
Perhaps you can’t attend a caravan. Here are some other great ways to help and show your solidarity with the kids who have been interned:
- send along a toy or book or hand-written note in solidarity with the kids interned
- raise awareness by recording yourself singing a kids song in Spanish with the hashtag #songs4ninos
- donate to support the Berkeley caravan to the kids internment camp and related facilities
Thank you for your solidarity with the kids who have been interned! Muchas gracias por su solidaridad con los niños!
We are not an official organization, just women and womens’ accomplices organizing to bring comfort to these kids and get them out of the internment camps, stop the internments, and also get the kids who have been separated back with their families as soon as possible. Please join in solidarity with the kids!
This is an omni-partisan call to action. Anyone can stand in solidarity with the kids.