Last Friday, April 21, a group of 20 students boarded a bus to the U.S.-Mexico border. The bumpy three hourride was filled with chattering and anticipation. As the group passed Anaheim Professor Jose Orozco gave, an impromptu history lesson on why Disneyland is spatially racist. Alliance San Diego Executive Director Andrea Guerrero brought the students to San Diego, where the students departed the bus straight into Alliance San Diego’s peaceful rally. The rally was in protest of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Homeland Security John Kelly’s press conference that took place an hour prior. As the group walked across the bridge overlooking the thin strip of San Diego freeway where the United States and Mexico touched, Guerrero stopped every few steps to detail the border’s history. He spoke of the unchecked powers of Border Patrol following 9/11. After a quick lowdown of the well-documented and inhumane conditions of the Otay Mesa Detention Center, they drove to Chicano Park in Barrio Logan, under theSan Diego 5 Freeway. Here they talked aboutthe park’s role as a focal point of the Chicano movement, where murals capturing Chicano history, culture, and pride are painted sky -high to the celling of the freeway’s back.
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