Mother’s Day Rally for End to Immigrant Family Separation, Child Detention

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On Mother's Day this year, join us in a conversation about families who won't be together. Families separated by our government, children still living in a tent city outside Miami, in Homestead, the only for-profit child detention center in the country. I'll be in DC but you can participate from anywhere. Tweet, post on Facebook, donate to the ACLU or your chosen charity, have a conversation. Spread the hashtag: #MotherOfExiles.

WHAT: Mother’s Day Rally for End to Immigrant Family Separation, Child Detention

WHEN: Sunday, May 12, Noon-2 p.m.

WHERE: Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C.

FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/2187281868190704/

TO LEARN MORE, GO TO: https://mothersdayrally.com/

* Co-sponsors of the rallies include CAIR (Capital Area Immigrant Rights) Coalition, Immigrant Justice Now, MamásConPoder/MomsRising, Faith in Public Life, Public Citizen, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and others.

Sister rallies are scheduled nationwide in Texas (Dallas, Austin, El Paso, Brownsville, McAllen, Corpus Christi), New York (Albany), Florida (St. Petersburg, Homestead), Maine (Waterville), Vermont (Lyndonville), Colorado (Denver), California (Ventura), Washington (Orcas Island, Seattle), New Hampshire (Milford), Connecticut (New Haven), Minnesota (St. Paul), Alaska (Juneau), and others.


Please share with friends! #MotherOfExiles

Grannies Respond / Abuelas Responden is now a 501(c)3!

Grannies Respond / Abuelas Responden is pleased to announce that we have been granted our 501(c)3, non-profit status! 
Your tax-deductible donations will directly provide necessities for asylum seekers traveling across our country on often long bus journeys to their sponsors without food, water, diapers, formula, and more.

Donate here: https://www.granniesrespond.org/supportus

Grandmothers Help Asylum Seekers

This video was just shared with us by Melissa Aperico.
Thank you for your recognition of the awesome humanitarian aide being provided by Grannies at bus stations!

It’s important to mention that the inspiration to provide support at bus stations came from Angry Tias & Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley and Sergio Córdova who have been providing incredible support in McAllen and Brownsville. A shout out also to volunteers from the Interfaith Welcome Coalition and Raices who have been providing daily support at the San Antonio bus station. They are all true heroes!

Update from Homestead

From Granny Val:

This morning I arrived a bit late due to daylight savings, only to find out that Sen. Merkley was there on a surprise inspection tour.
Though I missed his arrival, I was honored to speak with him before he left. He explained that the conditions here were not the primary concern, but rather the structural policy of the criminalization of immigration. 
I have no doubt that there may be abuses like the public phone area where one might report sexual abuse, or the disciplinary procedures that are not available to see, but our immigration system is broken for all who seek to become American citizens. 
It's time to fix it, for their benefit and ours. We need these immigrants.
And, we need to close Homestead and send these children to be with their family members.

From Beacon to the Border: the Grannies Respond documentary

Congratulations Andrea Degeorge Garbarini for an excellent film that captured the essence of why we went to the border and highlighted the continuing issues and work being done around immigration justice. Great job, Jacob and Dylan, and wonderful editing. Tremendous effort, outstanding results. We hope many will get to view and be inspired.