HERE’S A VIDEO THAT WILL SHOW YOU WHAT IMMIGRANT UNITY AND EMPOWERMENT REALLY LOOKS LIKE

Here’s a video you must watch of last Thursday’s undocumented-led action in San Francisco, California:

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Women, LGBTQ & straight immigrant youth, faith leaders & artists blocked an ICE’s deportation bus and firmly sent a message to President Barack Obama: “Stop all deportations now!” There were parents on that bus! #Not1More #ShutDownICE

Video edited and produced by co-founder of Dreamers Adrift, Jesús Iñiguez.

Ronnie Veliz

Ronnie Veliz, born in La Libertad, Peru and raised in the San Fernando Valley of California, is a queer migrant of faith who advocates and organizes for youth empowerment; more schools, less prisons; gender & racial justice, and LGBTQ liberation. Ronnie is the Southern California Program Manager at the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network and an Advisory Board Member of Latino Equality Alliance (LEA). He joined the GSA movement while attending LA Valley College in 2007 and has a degree in Psychology and a background in public education. From his student activism to contributing to the passage of the FAIR Education Act, conversion therapy ban, and the TRUST Act, Ronnie has built coalitions with queer, trans, and straight students, immigrant youth, and youth with disabilities in communities of color. Ronnie has led several grassroots campaigns for health and public safety across California and mobilized thousands of youth and parents with the campaign Pathway to Citizenship in Bakersfield. He has previously served as a counselor at Bienestar; teacher assistant at LAUSD; health educator at Instituto Familiar De La Raza, and has led grassroots campaigns to help release undocumented queer youth from immigration detention centers. Recently, Ronnie toured across California with Chicana feminist artist Carolina Alcala with the art+activism family acceptance project "Protect Our Children" and co-founded Somos Familia Valle, an organization for youth and parents to build healthier communities in the San Fernando Valley by empowering the LGBTQ, Latin@ community, and all straight supporters to engage in transformative dialogue, peaceful demonstrations, and familiar collectivism. He can be reached at TheRonnieVeliz@gmail.com

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