TOGETHER & FREE: Day of Action Against Family Separation

From the border to Boston and all over the country, families are being torn apart by a government that criminalizes, detains, and deports them. Recently, the Trump administration escalated its racist attacks on immigrants by separating children from their parents at the border and putting them in cages. After public outcry, their “solution” was to keep families together... in detention centers. Jailing families is not a solution.

We know that families belong together and free, but this administration isn’t stopping there. Trump is also keeping people from majority Muslim countries from being reunited with their families in the United States. He is still fighting to keep the Muslim Ban in place. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the ban this week, and we need to let them know they have to overturn it once and for all.

This goes beyond Trump. Deportation is part of a system that targets and profits off of immigrants and people of color. Now is the time to be clear: this is about putting an end to criminalization, detention, and deportations in our communities. NO ONE should be kept from the place they choose to call home and the people they choose to call family.

Here in Massachusetts, we’re calling on elected officials to protect community members by passing basic protections included in our state budget: YES to due process for detained immigrants, NO to local police acting as ICE agents and asking about immigration status.
Join us on for a march & rally on June 30th at 11 a.m. as part of a National Day of Action to stand against family separation.

 

In Boston:

- Kick off rally at Boston City Hall at 11 a.m. and marching to Boston Common
- Rally will start on the Common at 12:30 p.m. 
- You can meet at at Boston Common at 12:30 if you will not be marching and wait for the marchers to join)
- There will be speaking programs where we will hear from those impacted and on the ground at Boston City Hall and at Boston Common. 

 

In Springfield:

- Kick off at Court Square -- more info here!


Here are accessibility FAQ’s in English and Spanish: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C0ioaAsmKy2J3Yax0ujpb2XBOjvfPufpv4e-K64nG8E/edit?usp=sharing
And here’s a list of What to bring and not to bring in English and Spanish: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1keQ6-HnlTML8dfRT42F4WJbZzs4zmTEHWDkwfRU7Nn0/edit?usp=sharing 

Here are email templates for the event in English, Spanish or Portuguese in case you want to share with friends: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VwEIrQW8_SP_i_JUKbvNaMosEE9D05UI75I13f5kkgk/edit?usp=sharing 

Our Massachusetts Jobs with Justice coalition has stopped deportations, fought for immigrant workers' rights, and organized to keep families together and free here in Massachusetts. We're excited for this Saturday's march & rally -- and we know this is one action in one political moment. If everyone donates $5 (or more!), we will meet our fundraising goal! Help us continue to build a movement!
https://www.gofundme.com/boston-against-family-separation

In solidarity,

Co-sponsors: ACLU Massachusetts, Action Together Mass,American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), AFT Massachusetts (American Federation of Teachers), ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), Anti Racism Collaborative, Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), Boston Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Boston Feminists for Liberation, Boston Interpreters Collective, Boston May Day Coalition, Boston Teachers Union (BTU), Boston Workmen’s Circle, Brazilian Women's Group, Brazilian Worker Center, Cambridge Area Stronger Together, CAIR Massachusetts, Chelsea Collaborative, Chelsea Uniting Against the War, Chinese Progressive Association, Dominican Development Center, EBECC, End Family Separation (New England Chapter), ECCO, Families for Justice as Healing, FIRE (Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere), Jane Doe Inc., the MA Coalition against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Grassroots International, IfNotNow Boston, Indivisible Massachusetts, Institute for Justice and Democracy, International Socialist Organization, Jewish Voice for Peace, Justice4siham, La Comunidad, March for our Lives, LULAC, March Forward Massachusetts, MCAN (Massachusetts Communities in Action), Mass COSH, Mass Peace Action, Massachusetts Interfaith Worker Justice, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), Massachusetts TPS Coalition, MataHari Women's Worker Center, MIRA Coalition, Muslim Justice League, NARAL Pro Choice Massachusetts, New Bedford Worker Center/ centro comunitario de trabajadores, New England Independence, Our Revolution- Massachusetts, Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), Pioneer Valley Worker Center, Queer South Asian Collective, Revere Youth in Action (RIYA), ROC (Restaurant Opportunities Center), Boston Science for People, SEIU 32BJ, SEIU 509, SEIU 1199, SEIU Community Action, SEIU State Council, Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), SURJ (Standing up for Racial Justice), The Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine, Unite Here Local 26, UU Mass Action, United for Fair Economy, UAW Local 2320, NOLSW (National Organization of Legal Services Workers), USW Local 8751 Boston School Bus Drivers, Young Democrats of Massachusetts, Youth Action March, Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment, Workers World Party-Boston, and many more!

Gillian Mason