March with Us June 30th to #FreeOurFuture
Trump and his administration have been systematically criminalizing immigration and immigrants, from revoking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to ramping up intimidating ICE tactics, and implementation of an unintelligible zero-tolerance policy. We call for a permanent end to the indefinite detention of children and families, as well as accountability for the abusers responsible for this brutality. We must #AbolishICE!
We call for a permanent end to the indefinite detention of children and families, as well as accountability for the abusers responsible for this brutality.
Join us on June 30th to send a clear message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress: #FreeOurFuture #AbolishICE #ShutDownSessions
Women's Marchers - THE TIME IS NOW - to come out in full force! We need you to show up! Mothers', sisters', friends', families', children's lives are on the line and this is how we make sure our voice is heard! Click to SIGN UP to march with the WMM contingent.
Donald Trump and his administration have heartlessly separated children from their families with no plans to reunite the 2,300 children who continue to suffer serious trauma due to their incoherent and cruel policy decisions. His executive order does nothing to reunite and decriminalize families.
But we won't allow it to continue. On June 30, we're rallying in Washington, D.C., and around the country to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents!
Join us on for a national day of action. We are co-hosting the Minneapolis event, and are calling on the current administration, our senators, and our representatives to declare once and for all that families belong together and should not be detained.
Janessa, Women's March MN board member and Immigrant & Refugee Rights committee member, is ready to be what racists fear... Let her take you on her harrowing journey of being a Transracial Mexican American Adoptee.
NO ONE WOULD EVER ACCUSE ME OF BEING APATHETIC. Mostly I am described as divisive, one of the many people who refuse to let racism die because I always have to “bring race into it." White people have seemingly taken great joy in screaming that those who are fighting to dismantle racism and oppression are the very people who perpetuate it. They tell us to “just get over it” and “move on," but how do we move on when the very institutions that created racism still exist, have always existed? How do we move forward when we are still very much dedicated to our racist and oppressive beginnings? There is truth in that we must know history so that we do not repeat history; but all I see is people hopeful for that past, romanticizing an era of Jim Crow laws and I feel so small, so hopeless, so fearful.
I lie awake most nights now, still in my fear and worry. I think back to my story as a transracial adoptee with a biological father who was Mexican and had at most, an 8th grade education, and a biological mother I know very little about. Like so many before them and all the families after, they were faced with an impossible choice. The difference is that I was lucky to have been born on the other side, the “right side” of an invisible border and so when people see me, they see an “American,” but I feel alienated, slighted, I feel...foreign.
My story as a transracial adoptee has left me with this indescribable void that will never be understood. Throughout my life I have attached incredible meaning to who I was as Mexican and less to who I was as American, but like the Diaspora Blues says “so, here you are too foreign for home and too foreign for here. Never enough for both” - Ljeoma Umebinyuo. I sit with this impossible task of reconciling gratitude and resentment.
My feelings of complete alienation have revived in me what Gloria Anzaldúa called her Shadow-Beast, the rebel inside that refuses to take orders from outside authorities, so while I feel beaten down and worn when I lie in bed, I wake each morning ready. Ready to be what racists fear: A well educated brown woman. I will not waste my voice on silence; and don’t think that bond, family, or blood will keep you from the rebel inside me. I have sent notice to those in my life that you are either with me or against me. We cannot fight tyranny with silence and apathy.
As new horrors emerge (Pentagon Agrees to Provide 'Housing' for 20,000 Detained Migrant Children and Inside the Brains of Children Separated from Parents) please use your voice and your privilege to speak for my people. Help us give voices to those who are only seeking a better way of life, safety and security, seeking hope. Join us Saturday, June 30th starting at 2:00pm outside the Convention Center so this government hears loud and clear that as a society we vehemently oppose using the lives of young children as political bargaining chips, nor will we allow the terrorizing of our borderland communities. Use your voice to put an end to the cruel practice of criminalizing families and locking them up in abandoned Walmarts, tent cities, for-profit prisons, and military bases.
- Janessa M.
WMM Board of Directors Immigrant & Refugee Rights
Below are ways you can help, resources in your local communities, and opportunities to understand what's happening to children at the border.
If you would like to give locally please visit the following organizations:
If you would like to learn more about the conditions at the border and how to help please visit the following organizations:
Photos by Janessa M.
- Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM)
- Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation
- MIRAC - Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee
- Minnesota Nurses Association
- Minnesota Immigrant Movement
- NEA Today
- OutFront Minnesota
- SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
- SEIU Local 26
- Voices For Racial Justice
- Women's March Minnesota
- ACLU of Minnesota
- African Career, Education and Resource, Inc. (ACER)
- AFSCME Council 5
- AFSCME 3800
- Asian American Organizing Project
- Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
- Asamblea De Derechos Civiles
- MN AFL-CIO
- Black Immigrant Collective
- Black Visions Collective
- Education Minnesota