Over 10,000 Showed Up in Georgia to Say “Families Belong Together”

Two weeks ago, on a bright Sunday, over 10,000 Georgians turned out to say “Families Belong Together” (Familias Unidas, No Divididas). The event, spearheaded by the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, co-hosted by the Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia), Asian Americans for Advancing Justice-Atlanta, the Georgia Association for Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), the Council of American-Islamic Relations, Georgia Chapter (CAIR – Georgia), Project South and the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) and fifty (50) community organizations.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the Atlanta Detention Center and walked to the Federal Court where we heard from elected officials at the congressional level (Representative John Lewis and Representative Hank Johnson),  community organizers and individuals that have always been at the forefront of the fight to decriminalize migration and limit ICE enforcement (Adelina Nicholls, Azadeh Shahshahani, Janel Green, etc) and members of the co-hosting organizations.

The gathering was just one of the many rallies and activities in support of the “Families Belong Together” campaign.  Isabel Whitaker, led an interfaith prayer vigil the same day at the park named in memory of her mother, Sara J. Gonzalez. Other localities where rallies took place include:

  • Dalton (Whitfield County, led by the Coalition of Latino Leaders)
  • Athens (Clarke County, spearheaded by Dignidad Inmigrante with the support of Representative Deborah Gonzalez)
  • Savannah (Chatham County)
  • Lawrenceville (Gwinnett County)
  • Valdosta (Lowndes County)
  • Asian Americans for Advancing Justice Atlanta also hosted a “Space of Solidarity and Butterfly-Making Party on June 29th” sponsored by LCF Georgia.

We are grateful for the many voices of individuals, parents, children, business owners, elected officials and students that took a stand for what is right for all families.

Let’s continue remembering we are stronger together and that we build the type of country we want to see, live in every day, with our votes, our actions, and our wallet.

CLICK here to read some of the letters immigrant and refugee mothers wrote about the moment when they were separated from their children and their pledge for reunification. 

This is a video of the Atlanta rally courtesy of Joel Ruiz.

You can see below some images of the events in Atlanta and other localities in Georgia. All images are posted at the public social media sites for the events. Credits to the Dalton Times, Steve Eberhardt, and Dignidad Inmigrante in Athens.

 

 

Photos from Dalton and Athens, GA

 

 

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Gilda (Gigi) Pedraza

Executive Director and Founder Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) Social Entrepreneur, Community Advocate, Latina, Mom, Wife. Lover of Life.

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