Across the country, Dominican Sisters of Peace joined rallies and marches to end family separation on June 30.
Twelve Sisters and Associate in Louisville, KY, marched and carried signs supporting families. The attendees chose two tactics to maximize exposure to our message, with some joining the march to the immigration
office, while others settled into a well-traveled location to post signs and meet with other attendees.
Associate Jerry Stein joined 150 marchers in Amarillo with about 150 others. He said that several faith communities were represented, but he wished more Catholics had been in attendance.
Dominican Sisters of Peace Justice Promoter Sr. Barbara Kane was attending a conference in Illinois but took time out to attend the rally being held in Downer’s Grove, IL.
Sr. Theresa Fox was accompanied by her niece Adele Park at the Keep Families Together rally in Oakland, CA. Sr. Theresa was particularly impressed with a ten-year-old girl who gave a moving speech to the crowd.
In New Orleans, Sr, Suzanne Brauer and Sr. Mary Dominic Savio Estorge were joined by Associates Chris and Kevin Cahalan to support families and just resolutions for immigrants, refugees, and Dreamers.
Dominican Sisters of Peace Martina Stegman and Rita Birzer, from the Congregation’s Oxford, MI, Motherhouse joined over 250 other activists at the “Families Belong Together” Rally in Pontiac, MI. After listening to speeches by local elected representatives of the community, the group marched around the block to stand by Woodward Ave. with their signs.
In every community, at every rally, the demands of the marchers were the same:
- Reunite families now. Permanently end family separation and immediately reunify those that have been separated.
- End family detention. Children and families deserve due process, not indefinite imprisonment. Children do not belong in baby cages and internment-like camps. Family incarceration is not the solution to family separation.
- End ‘Zero Tolerance.’ Reverse the Trump administration’s policy that created this crisis and chaos to begin with. Parents should not be criminally prosecuted for doing what all parents do, which is bring their children to safety. This horrible nightmare for families will only end when Trump permanently stops his 100% prosecution policy.
Please join the Dominican Sisters of Peace and all people of conscience in working for and praying for a just solution for those seeking a better life in our country. For additional photos, please click here.