Todd Juvinal and his little circle of friends will be waiving a sign in Brunswick Basin in a counter rally today, Todd promises us. You go Todd! Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people (that’s right HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS) will be marching in all 50 states to protest Trump’s immigration policy. Details are here from USA Today:
“Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend upon Washington, D.C., and all 50 states on Saturday to protest the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on immigration that’s sparked widespread debate after more than 2,000 children were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“‘(The) family separation crisis is not over. We have a situation where the Trump administration seems to be aiming to detain families,’ said Karthik Ganapathy, a MoveOn.org spokesman.
“The more than 628 rallies held in response to President Donald Trump’s controversial policies – including family detention – are being organized by the Families Belong Together Coalition, which includes the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Leadership Conference, MoveOn.org and the American Civil Liberties Union.
“The ACLU said 300,000 alone will be in attendance in Washington, while MoveOn.org said Wednesday they expect tens of thousands of protesters in the nation’s capital.
“Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department declined to comment on crowd estimates for Saturday. The National Parks Service granted a permit Tuesday for an estimated 50,000 people for the nation’s capital rally.
“Each state is expected to host at least one event, with some states, such as Texas and Massachusetts, participating in upward of 30 events. California anticipates being the state with the most events – at least 80 on Saturday, according to the Families Belong Together website.
“The rallies are in response to a widespread desire among Americans to take action against Trump’s strict immigration policies, said Lorella Praeli, ACLU director of immigration policy and campaigns.
“‘This is our country, and if there is something happening that takes us in the wrong direction, we can’t stay silent,’ Praeli said. ‘It’s on us to hold our elected officials accountable, to hold our president accountable and to demand action. So silence in this moment is complicity.’
“After Trump signed an executive order last week ending the family separations, a California judge ordered the Trump administration Tuesday evening to reunite the migrant families it had separated.
“There are 2,047 children that must be placed in the same facility as their parents within the next two to four weeks. But U.S. law and a series of court rulings that limit the amount of time minors can be held in detention will further complicate those reunions.
“A June 18 CBS News poll showed 67 percent of Americans found separating undocumented immigrant children and parents at the border ‘unacceptable.'”
The rest of the article is here.
LOCAL UPDATE NOW THAT THE PROTESTS HAVE BEGUN:
“The Families Belong Together Protest hasn’t even begun and there’s a good 350 people in the protest versus 35 in the counter protest.” — Reinette Senum
“Meanwhile, the few that felt that putting children in cages all packed up early, returned to their cars and went home. Honestly, they had a pretty impossible position to try to defend. Bye!” — Roger Strong