Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Our Favorite Signs From the Families Belong Together Marches

Our Favorite Signs From the Families Belong Together Marches

"This is a moment of outrage and we need people in the streets", she said.

Wearing stickers that said "Deport Trump" and "F*** Trump" shirts - how lovely - the protesters chanted slogans like "No ban no wall, America is home to all". Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tweeted that she was also arrested.

Jayapal said she was "moved" by the family stories shared by the women.

In a written statement, the Capitol Police said around 575 people were charged with unlawfully demonstrating inside the office building.

The crowd chanted "Si se puede", Spanish for "Yes we can", and listened to speakers from Casa San Jose and other local activist organizations while gathering in 90-degree heat at Mellon Square Park, Downtown.

Thousands in Washington waved signs: "I care, do you?" some read, referring to a jacket the first lady wore when visiting child migrants in Texas.

The Women's March demonstration is part of a wave of actions against Trump, whose administration began seeking in May to prosecute all adults who cross the border without authorization.

Though many at the rallies were seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators, others were new to activism, including parents who said they felt compelled to act after heart-wrenching accounts of families torn apart.

Elaine Alvarez, 37, said she joined family members at a rally at Foley Square in NY to break stereotypes about immigrants being criminals.

Around 4 a.m., before Saturday protests officially started, Trump tweeted from his golf club in New Jersey: "To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit". They've also posted downloadable posters and protest signs. "I'd be in Congress", said protesters Tom Thompson.

"As a direct result of the Trump administration's policy choices, there is a human rights disaster of epic proportions happening at our border", said Lorella Praeli, director of immigration policy and campaigns at the American Civil Liberties Union - another major organizer of the protests - in a statement last week announcing the demonstrations.

"The government will not separate families but detain families together during the pendency of immigration proceedings when they are apprehended at or between ports of entry", the Justice Department said in documents filed yesterday as the Donald Trump administration struggles to quell fury over the controversial separation of minors from their families. "There is still work to be done to reunite these children with their parents and ensure this never happens again, which is why I'm so thankful to everyone making their voices heard across Pennsylvania". "I could only imagine what it would be like to have my daughter - my breastfeeding child - ripped away from me the way some of these other moms' babies have been". They carried signs reading: "No more children in cages", and "What's next?" Organizer Michelle Wentz says opposition to the administration's "barbaric and inhumane" policy has seemed to cross political party lines.

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