Oakland Activists Collecting Food, Water and Supplies for Migrant Caravan

A campaign will begin Wednesday in Oakland to help Central American and Mexican migrants on their way to the United States, organizers said.

At 6 p.m. at Beauty Botanica Collective at 377 15th St. in Oakland, organizers of the Latinx collective aim to begin a national effort to collect donations for the caravan of migrants hoping for asylum in America.

Organizers are collecting food, water and clothing for more than 7,000 people reportedly on their way, fleeing violence in their homelands.

Over the years, Mexican advocacy groups organized such caravans to draw attention to the plight of asylum seekers, mostly from Central America.

But this year's migrant caravan appears to be the biggest ever. Unlike past caravans that were organized mostly in Mexico, this one started spontaneously in Honduras with about 160 people leaving from the gang-plagued city of San Pedro Sula.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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