Protesting for Immigration Reform? Here’s What You Need to Know

More than 600 "Families Belong Together" marches will occur around the country on Saturday, June 30.

This Saturday, June 30, protestors around the country will gather to advocate in favor of immigration reform—and against the unjust separation of migrant families.

Since Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy went into effect, more than 2,300 immigrant children have been separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, with toddlers and kids up to age 13 detained in “tender age” shelters. For LGBTQ migrants, the border crisis is especially serious, with many queer people suffering mistreatment as they seek asylum.

Here’s a breakdown of information you should know leading up to this weekend’s protests.

  1. The central march is in Washington, D.C.

    Families Belong Together

    Protestors plan to gather at 11am on Saturday, June 30 in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square to march on the capital. Organizers from National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the ACLU, Women’s March, and MoveOn are orchestrating the event. More information here.

  2. There are local protests in all 50 states

    Not able to make it to D.C. on Saturday? No problem. There are more than 600 marches planned with at least one in every state in the U.S. Find a march near you here.

  3. Attendees are asked to wear white

    Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call

    Families Belong Together is asking marchers to wear white “as a striking visual symbol that will also connect attendees in solidarity to each other and channel historic social justice movements unified by one color of clothing.” More information here.

  4. There are other steps you can take to make a difference

    Immigration Equality Action Fund

    Can’t make it to a march this weekend? Call your local representative to demand justice for undocumented immigrants, or donate to Immigration Equality Action Fund, the nation’s leading advocacy group for the undocumented LGBTQ community. Donate here.

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