Fresno Boys and Men of Color Speak Up For Safe Spaces, Fresno Unified Listens

March 8, 2017 · 

In solidarity with their undocumented peers, several members of Fresno Boys and Men of Color (BMOC) and Fresno BHC partners, which is coordinated by YLI, urged the Fresno Unified School Board to adopt a Safe Place School District policy that would restrict the ability of ICE to enter district property.

Amidst the hundreds of residents and students who packed the school board meeting, were many youth leaders from Fresno BMOC raising their voices to urge the leadership of Fresno Unified to adopt the policy.

Kieshuan White spoke up for his undocumented classmates, “I feel from the heart that it’s unfair how our young people are getting treated; because it’s not their choice where they were born and it’s not up to them where they were placed in the world.”

Without opposition, Fresno Unified adopted the resolution which will keep fear out of the classroom and ensure that all students can come to school to learn. This resolution, championed by and for youth, goes a long way in ensuring that all 74,000 Fresno Unified students feel safe from the threat of deportation while at school.