Reflections From a LA Weekend Protest About Immigrant Families: A Poem

Jul 2, 2018
11:10 AM

Los Angeles, June 30, 11am

A sea of white shirts
A manicured stage
U.S. flags

Liberal politicians sharing the podium with religious leaders and called out by
Radical activists
Speaking truths
Linking the history of slavery to contemporary forms of separating families

Revolutionaries marching through
with their megaphones
Naming the systemic processes perpetuating atrocities

Down the street
Hidden from view
The gray building
Surrounded by wire

A call and response
“You are not alone”
Between the chants
I heard the taps
Tap, tap, tap

Then the lights flickered
And the tears flowed

Across the street
A row of tents

This is the U.S.


Gilda L. Ochoa teaches Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies at Pomona College. Her latest book is Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans and the Achievement Gap.