Karen Ziegler, Tuesdays With Tillis Organizer and Emcee
Gailya Paliga, President of NC National Organization for Women
July 15, 2019
Tuesdays With Tillis, El Pueblo, NC National Organization for Women, and MomsRisingNC bring more attention on subhuman conditions in detention camps and terror and frightening consequences of ICE raids on immigrants.
Raleigh, NC – The Trump administration is tearing families apart and keeping children and adults in subhuman conditions in detention camps. Many psychologists say this treatment is causing severe and possibly lifelong trauma.
However, something new is happening because of the visuals and stories coming to us from the southern border and from detention centers all over the country. Increasing numbers of Americans are upset enough to take to the streets.
What: Protest outside Senator Tillis’s office by his constituents
When: Tuesday, July 16, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Federal Building, 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh NC 27601
Who: Concerned North Carolinians, and activists from El Pueblo, Tuesdays with Tillis, NC National Organization for Women, and MomsRisingNC
Visuals: Large, diverse crowd; sidewalk march; interesting signs and art; some impacted speakers, music
The cruelty of the Trump Administration with regard to the treatment of migrants has sparked repeated local and national protests in recent weeks. On Tuesday, July 2, about 350 people protested at Senator Tillis’s office in Raleigh. This was one of more than180 protests around the country. There was almost no local press coverage despite the fact that the size of this daytime protest was unprecedented.
On Friday, July 12, there were over 700 protests all over the country including protests in Raleigh, Durham, Pittsboro and Carrboro, several hundred people attending each.
This week, compounding the horror of the detention camps, the Trump administration has promised ICE raids in several major American cities. These raids will include children who traveled with family members to the US. The situation can become dangerous and frightening for U.S. born children left behind. It is expected the administration will use rapid deportation, so deportation happens before lawyers can intervene. These deportations will put many immigrants in mortal danger back in their home countries.
Local as well as national communities are impacted, and documented citizens are mobilizing to support their undocumented neighbors.
Clearly only sustained public pressure can make politicians do their jobs and fight these cruel policies. Press is essential.
Speakers on Tuesday will include Ana Blackburn, Latino Immigrant Liaison for the NC NAACP and Co-Chair for the NC Poor Peoples Campaign, Moises Serrano, Political Director of El Pueblo, Sheila Arias, NC Campaign Associate for Moms Rising, and Rev. Edgar Vergara, Pastor of La Semilla New Faith Community.
Join us on Tuesday, July 16, at 11:30am for an hour of education, community and activism.