‘Butterfly Effect’ Rally Slated

‘Butterfly Effect’ Rally Slated

“The Butterfly Effect: Migration is Beautiful” (“Students’ Butterflies to Visit Nation’s Capitol,” Oct. 24); a project started in part by Alamedan Kaia Marbin, 11, will host a rally in solidarity with 15,000 detained migrant children on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Lake Merritt Amphitheater, between 12th Street and 1st Avenue in Oakland.

The Butterfly Effect is a youth-led project to create 15,000 butterflies to raise awareness about the migrant children in U.S. detention centers. However, in just three months, youth organizers and adult allies far exceeded their goal, leading a community of volunteers to fold more than 31,000 paper butterflies, as a visual testimony to their solidarity with the detained migrant children.

“We see kids, kids that are like us and we want them to know they aren’t forgotten. We want to show that kids can help,” said Marbin.

The rally will feature youth speakers and performances by the Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers and Destiny Arts Center youth. Nancy Ukai, a Japanese American whose family are internment camp survivors and who is an activist with Tsuru for Solidarity, will also speak at the event. On display will be 15,000 butterfly creations.

To join the effort, or for more information, visit https://butterflyeffectmigration.org.