San Diego, CA: During Saturday‘s stop in San Diego, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met with Maria Puga (widow of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas who was killed by border agents 6 years ago) and Christian Ramírez, Director of Human Rights at Alliance San Diego. Senator Sanders was given a firsthand view of the border fence between San Ysidro and Tijuana while being briefed on the need for border policy that will revitalize communities based on respect for human rights.
But presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has expressed doubts about that wisdom, saying he’ll use data in a “limited” way in the general election. He argues it’s his personality that will carry the day.
Here’s a look at data in the context of political campaigns.
By Doug Porter
I’ve been trying not to say too much about The Donald. He’s playing the media like a great violinist plays a Stradivarius. He says jump and the stenographers posing as journalists say “how high?”
I can no longer remain silent in the face of the hate-mongering coming from this public figure aimed at Latinos. He’s giving ammunition to assholes, and there are real consequences, even on the streets of San Diego.
When a well-known and respected public advocate can’t take his child to a park without being race baited, it’s time to stand up and say No More. And, yes, it is precisely the rhetoric favored by Donald Trump that’s encouraging an upswing in bigotry.
Here’s the story of Christian Ramirez, as posted in Facebook yesterday:
On May 28, Alliance San Diego and the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium joined with nine cities across the country in the National Day of Action to Stop Border Brutality led by the Southern Border Communities Coalition. The coordinated actions aimed to call attention to at least 37 people killed since 2010 by Border Patrol or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers.
In San Diego, a march brought out over 300 people to support 6 local families leading the struggle to stop border brutality.
Here is a visual recap of the coordinated actions that took place across the nation.