FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10th, 2018
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June 14th: New Round of National Marches to Take Place As Opposition Against Family Separation Policies Grows
Over 3,500 people have signed up on familiesbelong.org
USA – On June 14th, 2018, San Jose will join cities across America in holding a Families Belong Together rally scheduled for 6-7:30pm at San Jose City Hall (200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose). The rally will include speakers and an opportunity for an open mike at this peaceful event. “We are thrilled to be joining a national movement of Americans who are outraged at the separation of children from their families on our borders. San Jose stands in solidarity with these families and we will not stop speaking out until this abhorrent policy is stopped,” said Heather Valentine, lead organizer of the San Jose event.
This new round of protests follows a massive day of action on June 1st, with an expected increase in the number of people demonstrating outrage about the current crisis of families being separated at the border and of children being put in detention.
Over 3,500 parents, grandparents, and neighbors are self-organizing local events in cities across the country through the website familiesbelong.org created by Families Belong Together, a group of concerned citizens who oppose the cruel, inhumane, and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the U.S. border with Mexico and at other ports of entry into the U.S.
National organizers of Families Belong Together expressed the following: “As parents, it is unconscionable that the US government is actively tearing apart immigrant families. They are victims of violence, hunger, and poverty and our government’s actions re-violate them, causing untold damage. Children as young as 18 months are torn from their mothers’ arms by our own government. This is violent abuse and as concerned citizens and voters we state, unequivocally, that this is not in line with American values. We oppose the inhumane policies of the Trump Administration, Border Patrol, ICE, and other federal immigration agencies. We are disheartened by the lack of leadership in Congress whose job is to be a check on the federal government when it overreaches and abuses its power. We are calling for immediate reforms and an end to this barbarism.”
The National Domestic Workers Alliance, one of the organizations that led the #FamiliesBelongTogether National Day of Action on June 1st, is supporting this second round of events on June 14th.
“The outrage and opposition will only keep growing if the Administration continues this cruelty of separating families,” says Jess Morales Rocketto, Political Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Chair of its immigration campaign “We Belong Together”. “Families belong together. This shouldn’t be up for debate. No one should accept babies being torn from their mothers’ arms or children being locked away from their parents. Congress has the power to stop this inhumane practice.”