Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) hosted a rally prior to the February 16th school board meeting with five other organizations, and gave public comment to encourage the board to pass a "Sanctuary Schools" resolution. Every student in this country has a right to an education - regardless of race, country of origin, or zip code. In order for all of our children to succeed families and students need to feel safe and be protected from over-zealous immigration enforcement officers. Hateful, anti-immigrant sentiment will not be allowed to incite fear in our communities. Our members presented over 1,000 signatures that were collected in two weeks regarding the Sanctuary Schools campaign. Mayra Evangelista, PJU Youth Leader, asked the Board, "If students and parents are not safe in pursuing an education, where they can be safe?"
We are pleased to see the "Safe and Welcoming Schools" resolution take a strong stance towards creating the best educational environment for our children, and now we have to work together to make sure a plan of action will be implemented. A community meeting with the school board will be held on April 5th.