This video from New York Magazine gives practical advice on how to document ICE and why you should. Making videos of ICE encounters you witness can save someone's life, reunite a family or help in many other ways. Please watch and share!
According to The Guardian, "a total of 364 of the more than 2,500 children separated from their parents... have been reunited, officials disclosed in court late on Thursday, days before a reunification deadline."
Read more here about the current status of family reunification, and the factors still keeping families apart.
Sign by Ray Grier
If you want to carpool, meet at the Park & Ride by the Safeway in Port Townsend at 9:30 a.m.
If you take any photos at tomorrow's event that you wouldn't mind us sharing, please send to JCIRAwa@gmail.com.
Maru Mora Villalpando is an undocumented activist and mother who has been directly targeted by ICE for her work fighting against immigrant detention and deportations. Hundreds of supporters gathered in solidarity as she attended her second court hearing with ICE in downtown Seattle this past Tuesday, June 26th.
While she was in her hearing, NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC and allies put ICE on Trial in front of the ICE and Border Patrol headquarters in Seattle. ICE was found guilty by a jury of the people! Maru returned from her hearing with the encouraging news that her next court hearing is not until 2019 and that she can begin the process of applying for a green card!
The demonstration then took to the streets and joined with our allies protesting the Supreme Court ruling to uphold the constitutionality of the Muslim Ban. No Muslim Ban Ever!
Port Hadlock may be a small community, but that doesn’t mean it has a narrow view of the world. More than 250 Jefferson County residents showed up at a JCIRA-organized event there on Friday, June 22, to protest the Trump Administration’s latest immigration practices.
As the crowd lined the roads at the four-way intersection near the QFC, the peaceful protest was frequently punctuated with honking car horns and waving passengers showing support for the demonstration. Signs such as “Where are the Children?” and “Keep Families Together” elicited strong approval from passers-by, who often smiled and flashed a “thumbs up.”
Although a federal judge has ordered the administration to reunite the families and stop most separations at the border, the administration will fight back. Trump signed an executive order halting the practice, he appears to regret it. As of this writing, there are still more than 2000 kids who have not yet been reunited with their families.
“The response to the Port Hadlock protest was heartening,” says Libby Palmer, a JCIRA board member. “But it’s critical
that we continue to make our voices heard in upcoming events and keep the pressure on public officials. There is too much at stake.” (See more information below.)
Join us! Make your voice count on June 30 and July 1.
Be part of the nationwide mobilization to protest the separation of families in Port Angeles on June 30 at the Border Patrol Headquarters (Penn Street at the corner of East First Street) at 11 a.m. It’s energizing to be with others who share your values. Carpools will leave from the Park & Ride lot near the Port Townsend Safeway at 9:45 a.m.
Join us also for the Solidarity Day protest at the NW Detention Center in Tacoma on Sunday, July 1 at 1:30 p.m. Stand with the families as they visit their loved ones who are incarcerated at the center. You’ll need to organize your own transportation—no carpools or good public transportation options. Allow 2 hours to arrive from Port Townsend. Bring water and snacks.
Make a difference. Speak up to reunite families and end the tragedy of kids in cages.
- Contributed by Rachel Imper
- Photo by Bob Pearson
1. Call our members of Congress today and every day: Sen. Patty Murray 866-481-9186
Sen. Maria Cantwell 206-220-6400
Rep. Derek Kilmer 866-888-5744
They have all spoken out strongly against separating immigrant
families. Thank them and ask them to do more:
2. Sign a petition to Secretary Nielsen, DHS, to end the separation of families:
3. Support Indivisible Huddle’s campaign to inform the public about crucial election campaigns around the country. Contact its Election Committee: email@example.com
4. Donate to organizations fighting to keep families together.
5. Join JCIRA at our next Rally to End Family Separations:
Friday, June 22 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Intersection of Irondale Rd & Oak Bay Road, near QFC
Signs available or Bring Your Own
Join JCIRA in protesting the inhumane separations of immigrant families on June 22nd from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Irondale Road and Oak Bay Road in Port Hadlock (the corner in front of the QFC grocery store).
Signs provided or bring your own. Please carpool if you can!
Click here to go to Facebook event page
On Tuesday, June 5th, more than 55 people came out to protest the inhumane separation of families at the border. This horrendous practice cannot stand. We will not stop fighting it. To read more, see the Peninsula Daily News article about the protest here.
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