Yes we can!…rough it in San Francisco.
In all seriousness, outside of our little world in the Youth With A Mission housing, we are having a great time (after 19 hours of traveling, its easy to have a great time!)
We finally got into San Fran around 7:00 p.m. Pacific time. We then had to take BART and walk to the YWAM facility. Luckily, the saved some food for us!
Today we met with the fabulous Rev. Debbie Lee and discussed immigrant rights. She told us about a college student named Steve Li who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement even though he had lived here nearly his whole life. He was detained because he was born in Peru, but he went to school in San Fran. ICE arrested and none of his friends knew where he was for 66 days. ICE took him to multiple detention centers in California and Arizona. He worked in the kitchen for 8 hours a day for only $1, which he put towards phone calls that cost $6 a call. He was eventually released and is the face of the Dream Act.
Rev. Lee then took us to a domestic worker rally and we heard first hand about the injustices many domestic workers face at work, such as no overtime pay. They are mostly women and immigrants, so the hardships of working over 8 hours a day, and not being guaranteed sleep if they are live in workers, hit even harder.
After the rally, we spontaneously hopped on the bus to go to a United Church of Christ worship service at City of Refuge church. This church is welcoming towards of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender community. It was also racially diverse and was unlike the worship services many of us are familiar with. This church had their transgender gospel choir featured in the documentary The Believers.
We then went exploring, had Turkish coffee, and got caught in the rain.
Post text by Robbie Maris and Laura Cebula. Photos by Tanyr Seay and Nyk Allen.