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And a 16 Year Old Shall Lead Them… In the Fight for DACA.

Lucy Siale, a 16 year old Bay Area resident, called for, organized and MC'ed Oakland's 1000+ strong DACA rally yesterday, Saturday, Sept 9th at Oscar Grant Plaza.

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A large crowd of people came to the rally and heard some fiery speakers…

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among them DACA program participants

Oakland resident Marlene Gutierrez spoke to loud cheers when she told the crowd she was one of the 800,000 DACA recipients and that she is not backing down. Gutierrez, 21, said her parents brought her to the U.S. in 1998 from Jalisco, Mexico seeking “a better life.”

“You, America, want to demonize me for that,” Gutierrez told the crowd. “I will not apologize for coming here illegally. I was 2 years old.”

…and other immigrants.

“I'm the proud son of a Mexican immigrant, and with the repeal of DACA, it is horrifying to see Trump blame this country's problems on immigrants,” said Michael Mendoza, 29, of Oakland, after leading the crowd in a chant of “Stand up, fight back.”

More sights and sounds from the rally and march:

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— Oakland News (@breakingoaknews) September 10, 2017

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— Ali Cheikh (@aliadencheikh) September 9, 2017

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— Ashley Wong (@wongalum) September 9, 2017

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— Ashley Wong (@wongalum) September 9, 2017

Marlene Gutierrez’s speech, beginning about half way through.  Or try here, if below isn’t working.

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— Angelica Jongco (@EdEquityLawyer) September 9, 2017

The crowd took off on a mile long march around downtown Oakland, returning to the plaza to find food aplenty waiting for them.

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Now comes the work of maintaining the pressure and demanding that Congress provide justice for the 800,000 DACA participants and, someday, all immigrants.  With the enthusiasm and with-it-ness of people like Luci Siale there just might be a chance that it will happen.

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