RGISC hosting "I have a Dream, No Border Wall" rally

Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 5:24 AM CST
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A large group of Laredoans have a dream that a border wall will not be built on this land which has been a place of refuge for different cultures for centuries.

Advocates will be using their voices just like a famous civil rights leader did in the 1960's.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Rio Grande International Study Center along with city officials will be hosting an "I have a dream: No border wall" rally.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. changed the country with his activism against civil injustices and his message still reigns true to this day, as a large group takes a stand on what they believe is a new wave of injustice.

Melissa Cigarroa with the study center says the wall is a giant racist monument to government waste and inefficacy.

She says it’s not going to solve any of the problems and it’s only purpose is to distract us.

The study center board president is one of the many landowners who will see an administration’s dream come true on their property.

The gear on the border wall project is moving fast but that's not putting out the fire inside Cigarroa and many others who are marching and rallying in solidarity against it and joining them step by step is some city leaders.

Councilman Mercurio Martinez III says the wall is a slap in the face to our neighbors and that a lot of the illegal drugs are not crossing the river on foot, they’re coming through our ports of entry.

Organizers all have reasons for why they believe this form of border security is unnecessary and they ask anyone who share their same dream to join in the fight.

The peaceful march and rally will take place Monday, January 20th at 10 a.m.

Those looking to take part in the event will need to meet at 9:30 a.m.

They will gather and start at Saint Peter's Plaza and end at the San Agustin Plaza.