“Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go” — thousands march in solidarity with immigrant communities in Washington, DC
— Together we rise 🙌🏾 (@Matsamon) June 30, 2018
Courtesy of Vox:
Activists organized a nationwide protest on June 30 to demand the Trump administration reunite families, and end family separation and detention at the border.
The Families Belong Together march took place in Washington, DC, in Lafayette Square — across from the White House — at 11 am on Saturday, June 30. According to organizers, some 30,000 attendees gathered by 11:30 am. Sister marches were expected to take place in more than 700 cities and towns across the country.
“The ‘zero tolerance’ policy is Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, and he has the ability to get rid of that policy at any time,” said Jess Morales Rocketto, the policy director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, one of the dozens of groups that are organizing the protest. “So we’re not going to stop organizing until the end of zero-tolerance policy. That’s ultimately what created this crisis, and our demand has been so clear from the very beginning that that’s what needs to happen.”
President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week that ended the large-scale practice of splitting up parents and kids, but his administration will now detain families together — and it seeks to do so indefinitely.
12-year-old Leah from Miami speaks at the D.C. rally: “I live with the constant fear of losing my mom to deportation. My mom is strong, beautiful and brave. She is also a person who taught me how to speak up when I see things that aren’t fair.” (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/qX4ylR3zkh
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 30, 2018
Courtesy of ABC 7:
Some big-name celebrities teamed up with political leaders and activists on Saturday for the Families Belong Together- Freedom for Immigrants March in Los Angeles, one of hundreds being held nationwide.
SingerJohn Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen took part in the rally and march, which kicked off at 11 a.m. at L.A. City Hall and ends in front of an immigration holding facility on Aliso and Alameda streets. Other famous names who attended the event include Eugenio Derbez, Laverne Cox and rapper Taboo.
Politicians like Sen. Kamala Harris, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom also attended.
“We may have to turn American upside down to turn it right-side up,” Rep. John Lewis says at immigration march in Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/T9FVBotWlU
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 30, 2018
Rep. Maxine Waters delivered a strong speech in front of the large crowd of tens of thousands, calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment and responding to the death threats made against her.
“If you shoot me, you better shoot straight. There’s nothing like a wounded animal,” she said. “I am not about to let this country go by the way of Donald Trump. We are sick and tired of him. He’s been there too long. They dared me to say impeach him. Today I say impeach 45!”
I swear every time I get discouraged and wonder if there is anything we can do anymore, I see something like this and I am reenergized.
These protests today were huge, ethnically diverse, and beautiful.
We need to keep this up every damn day if necessary and let this criminal regime know that we will not go peacefully into that good night, but will instead fight for our rights and the rights of those coming to this country seeking refuge and freedom.
Because goddamnit we are America, and some of us have not forgotten that.