Quaker Meetings, Friends and Friends Organizations are responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis created by the US government’s separation of children from their families as they cross the US/Mexican border. Here are a few ways Quakers are taking action.
June 23 • Keep Families Together/Stop the Detention Camps • Rally & March • Homestead, FL
Activities begin at 4 pm at the Corner of 288th St. & 137th Ave., Homestead, FL 33033. Rally begins at 5 pm. After the rally, protesters will march about 1 mile to the Homestead detention center where immigrant children are being held. Bring sunscreen, water, comfortable shoes. Event Link>
AFSC is a sponsoring organization. Their American Friends Immigration Service (AFIS) is located in Homestead, Florida. Program Director Lucio Perez was at the detention center earlier this week. He reports that there is a space across the street from the center where many people are working on getting information, access to the facility, and reuniting families. The day he visited, the facility was not granting access or giving out any information.
June 30 • Families Belong Together March • Dozens of advocacy groups have joined to organize the Families Belong Together national day of action scheduled for Saturday, June 30th. There will be events in over 100 cities, with the main rally in Washington’s Lafayette Square, across from the White House. Find an event near you >
5 Ways to take action on family detention> American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) posted this guide, which includes a downloadable poster.
3 Ways Congress Can Protect Immigrant Families> Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has posted this guide to make it easy for you to take action right now. Follow FCNL to get the latest information:
A Meeting Responds to Cries of Desperation> In this Friends Journal article, Friends Meeting of San Antonio in Texas, the closest established Quaker meeting to the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas, tells about their efforts “to make a difference in what is becoming a huge humanitarian crisis in this country.”
Letter from Physicians for Human Rights> SEYM Friends recommend this letter from PHR for its information on the psychological damage that family separation does to children.
Where to Donate> Friends have recommended this list of organizations, published in the Texas Tribune.