Student organized peaceful demonstration
At the age of only 13, Diana Ilhuicatzi, soon to be a freshman at Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) this fall, is already making a difference in the world and trying to promote change.
Ilhuicatzi organized a peaceful youth sit-in protest surrounding the “Black Lives Matter” movement on June 3 in Mira Mesa. The event ran from 2 p.m. until about 10 p.m. and was publicized through social media.
“I organized the protest with the help of some volunteers from the Che Cafe and my sister and a few friends. The Che Cafe provided us with medics, supplies and just really supported us and gave us ideas,” Ilhuicatzi said.
All members of the protest were told to meet at Mira Mesa High School. The protest mainly took place on the corner of Mira Mesa Boulevard and New Salem Street.
“The protest was a sit in, so we stayed in one place and then we marched one time down the block and back around. We just stood there and then laid down for the 8:46 and then we asked everyone to sit back down again and just talked to everyone. A few people gave speeches,” Ilhuicatzi said.
Ilhuicatzi wants to continue making a change.
“I’m hoping to organize another youth protest, but this time my team and I want to do a march, just an idea,” Ilhuicatzi said.
For Ilhuicatzi, this was about seeing a change in the way the world is and how they treat people of color.
“I thought it was important that our voices were heard, and we used our voices for those who no longer have one or won’t be heard. It was just something the community needed and something we needed to spread awareness for here,” Ilhuicatzi said.
“I’m so amazed at how she was able to pull that together. It was a life changing experience for me and I’m so grateful that I was able to help in any way possible,” said Aubriana King, one of the members on Ilhuicatzi’s team.
Ilhuicatzi was recently promoted from Wangenheim Middle School where she was involved in orchestra, playing cello and violin. She also plays volleyball and participates in community service by cleaning the courts and keeping score for volleyball games.
At SRHS, Ilhuicatzi hopes to join the Black Student Union and possibly the debate club. She hopes to try out for the volleyball and lacrosse teams as well.