FROM BEACON TO THE BORDER
In the summer of 2018, a group of outraged grandparents from Beacon,
New York took a road trip to McAllen, Texas to protest the policy of
separating migrant families at the US-Mexico border.
“From Beacon to the Border” documents the Grannies’ journey from New
York to Texas and the growth of the Grannies Respond Movement from its
origin in 2018 into a nationwide network of hundreds of volunteers today
who assist immigrants and refugees at bus stations across the country as
they make their way to host families who house them as they await their
court dates. It’s an inspiring story of a group of concerned citizens who
have profoundly impacted many lives!
Filmmaker, activist, and now a Grannies Respond board member, Andrea
Garbarini, followed our trip to the border in July 2018 with cameras and
interns and documented our group’s journey, interactions with other
groups, how we were greeted, and our arrival and activities at the border
and after. Garbarini captures the uniqueness of this movement and it’s
depth of emotion, strength, and courage, and shines a light and lens on
the cause of our origin.
Watch From Beacon to the Border Here
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“As someone who teaches migration at the college level, I rely on activists like
Grannies Respond to transmit vital knowledge that is bigger than my
classroom walls. From Beacon to the Border connected deeply with my
students. The injustice of family separation raises fundamental questions
about our democracy, and the grannies inspired my students to courageously respond."
— Dr. Brittany Murray, Vassar College