||July 1, 2019Heartbreaking images are rolling though our timelines and television screens of children and families being cruelly denied basic respect, human rights and dignities. These individuals, many of whom are seeking asylum as refugees, are being caged in for-profit detention centers and subjected to deplorable and health-threatening conditions. Children are being separated from their families, denied proper hygiene and medical care and many are experiencing abuse, getting seriously ill or dying. Even babies are being held in jail. Is this really America?
The Trump administration is trying to criminalize immigration and punish asylum seekers, and we must stand up in protest.The National Organization for Women (NOW) is proud to join with our coalition partners over the next few weeks to demand the closure of these inhumane camps. There are three ways you can take immediate action:
- Protest on Tuesday. This Tuesday, July 2, while members of Congress are home for the Fourth of July holiday, activists will gather at their local offices in protest. Find your protest at:http://CloseTheCampsNow.org (For those in the Washington, D.C. area a protest will be held outside of the White House at 7:00 pm eastern.)
- On Friday, July 12, join a local Lights on for Liberty Vigil, which will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. Find your location:https://www.lightsforliberty.org/localevents
- Speak out on social media. Please join NOW Wednesday, July 3rd on social media with the hashtag #ProtectOurChildrenNOW and share the following messages:
“Seeking asylum is not a crime”
“Refugees are people”
“What kind of country jails babies?”
“America – the country that jails babies?”
When attending events please bring your NOW rounds, pins and stickers to let the world know that the National Organization for Women stands firmly against these camps!
Also, please stay tuned for more upcoming actions from NOW, including opportunities to protest at actual camp locations with our leadership in the coming months.
Now is the time to take to the streets to demand humane treatment for immigrant families, America is bet