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Art caravan heads to Brownsville

July 6, 2018

A caravan of artists and Latino activists from Austin will make its way to Brownsville on Sunday to join the weekly protests against the separation and detention of migrant families.

Members of Jolt, which aims to mobilize voters and increase Latino political influence in Texas, has started painting a canvas mural that will be completed by participants during their Art Caravan for the Children at Hope Park, located near the Rio Grande and Gateway International Bridge. The group is slated to arrive at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The mural will show children with interlocking arms standing in front of the border fence with a phrase taken from a poem: “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”

“I think the Trump administration wants young Latino and Latino immigrants to feel hopeless, but we want to show we’re hopeful and courageous,” said Cristina Tsintzun, Jolt executive director. “If you attack our community, no matter where, we will mobilize and defend the dignity of our families.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April announced a “zero tolerance” policy on the southern border that resulted in children being separated from parents who faced criminal changes for illegally entering the U.S. Although President Donald Trump signed an executive order to halt the separations, immigrant advocates lambasted the move that allowed the indefinite detention of those families.

nadia@brownsvilleherald.com

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