On June 30, 2018 immigrant organizations, allies, and concerned Washingtonians, working together as “Families Belong Together - WA” will kick off a week of activism to protest the Trump Administration’s hate-based policies both at our southern border and within our own communities in Washington state. This week of action is led by immigrants’ rights organizations like Casa Latina – Mujeres Sin Fronteras, the Washington Dream Coalition, the WA Immigrant Solidarity Network, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, One America, and more (see list below).
*All funds will be transferred to Casa Latina, in Seattle, who has agreed to act as the Fiscal Sponsor, and will also distrubute funds accrued to put on these events. THANK YOU CASA LATINA!*
The first event will take place Saturday, June 30, at the Federal Detention Center, 2425 S. 200th St., in SeaTac, WA, at 11 a.m. Join us for a full program of speakers and a chance to gather together and rally on behalf of the hundreds detained here in the Northwest and the countless others suffering human rights violations in detention centers around the country.
Northwest Detention Center Resistance will also be hosting a protest taking place on July 1, at the Northwest Detention Center, 1623 E. J St, Tacoma, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. From July 1 – 6, vigils are being held outside the Seattle Federal Building every morning from 8 – 10 a.m.
Immigrant rights organizations, allies and concerned Washingtonians call upon the Trump Administration, the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Congress to immediately end the “zero-tolerance” policy and do the following:
Immediately and permanently end the indefinite detention of children and families.
Begin a concerted, transparent effort to reunite each and every child that had been separated from their parents during this shameful period.
Reestablish credible fear reviews at the border for all people seeking asylum.
Release all vulnerable populations immediately, including those crossing the border for the first time, families, children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and LGBTQIA people.
For our Washington leadership:
We call upon Governor Inslee to publicly confirm he will not send Washington National Guard troops from the Mexico-US border
We call for the Washington state legislature and Gov. Inslee to support and sign SB 5689 (2017-18) during the 2019 legislative session.
We call for all Washington corporations and business to stop aiding CBP and ICE in any family separation practice.
The Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress have manufactured multiple immigration crises to avoid dealing with the United States’ actual, systemic problems. Never forget that the only crisis at our borders is the humanitarian crisis we have allowed to happen.
For more information about the week of action, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/220480778565945/
The Seattle FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER COALITION IS COMPRISED OF:
Casa Latina – Mujeres Sin Fronteras
Washington Dream Coalition
WA Immigrant Solidarity Network
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Muslim Association of Puget Sound - American Muslim Empowerment Network
Seattle Womxn Marching Forward / Women’s March Seattle
Refugees Washington (REWA)
CAIR - WA
Black Lives Matter King Co.
Our Revolution – Ballard
Truman National Security Project
Faith Action Network
Neighborhood Action Coalition
World Without Hate
Washington Community Action Network (CAN)
El Centro de La Raza
Democratic Socialist of America- South King County
Tacoma Rainbow Center
Kids 4 Peace
North Seattle Progressives
Save the Children Action Network
Wallingford United Methodist Church
Tax March Seattle
Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Latino Community Fund of Washington State
Social Justice Fund NW