‘Celebration of Light’ rally by SDUSD supports rights of all students
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Unified School District held a rally Wednesday, called the "Celebration of Light," to support the rights of all students, regardless of race, color, national origin, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or religion to be educated in an environment free from fear, violence and intimidation.
School District leaders said after the November 8th presidential election of Donald Trump, they received a slew of reports from teachers and parents of worried students over bullying and deportation.
Supt. Cindy Marten said they’re sending a clear message that all 130,000 San Diego Unified students are welcome at their schools after major concerns following the election.
That’s why Marten said they’re joining forces at all schools to stand up and protect students.
"We’ve been through a divisive time and to say this last election was not divisive for our nation and city would be to ignore something that has happened," Marten said.
SDUSD was joined by more than 20 partners, including the ACLU and San Diego Unified Council of PTAs.
The celebration included:
- Important facts for diverse families
- Immigration advice
- Healthcare information
- LGBTQIA resources
- Muslim student support
- Unifying crafts for young children
- Food trucks and bag lunches
Entertainment included performances by the Youth Pride Marching Band, the Mission Bay High School Preservationists, the ImpACT on Stage theater group and Ballet Folklorico.
Speakers at the event included Supt. Cindy Marten and Board Trustees Michael McQuary, Richard Barrera, Kevin Beiser, John Lee Evans and Sharon Whitehurst-Payne.
The district is the 2nd largest in the state and leaders say when students are concerned it interrupts their ability to learn.