The December rally to support students is being organized by the San Diego Unified School District Office of Family and Community Engagement.
“We want every child in San Diego, California and the nation to know that schools are safe places, where you are welcome, no matter your religious background, gender identity or country of national origin,” said Superintendent Cindy Marten of San Diego Unified. “We refuse to let our students be defined by the way others see them.”
For us, students are defined by their dreams, and we support the dreams of every single one of our students.”
Following the recent presidential election, schools have heard from their teachers and staff that many students are feeling vulnerable. Leaders from the LGBTQIA, Muslim, organized labor and Latino immigrant communities have expressed their support for the planned Old Town march in December. The march to support students is being called a celebration of light in recognition of the special significance this time of year holds for many communities.
“We want to bring everyone together from across the political spectrum, across all racial and ethnic groups and across all communities in our county to say we support students,” said Richard Barrera, San Diego Unified School Board Member. “What we need now is not more division. What we need now is unity, tolerance and respect for others. That is what we will be marching for on Dec. 14, and we hope the whole county will come out to support our students.”