|Dear Catalyst community,
In the past few weeks, we have been deeply upset by the stories of children being separated from their families at the border. The pictures are important — for their ability to shock us out of complacency with what’s happening right now, and to understand the human impact of this devastating policy.
We also look at them knowing that all imprisonment, detention, and deportation brutally and violently separates families, just as slavery and Indian boarding schools did.
What has been visible is only one small part of the massive and ongoing attacks against immigrants and refugees of color:
At the same time as this all-out war on undocumented people intensifies, we continue to see powerful examples of resistance and solidarity, like the community response to the arrest of 97 workers in an ICE raid on a meat processing plant in Morristown Tennessee this April. The rapid response network mobilized opposition to the deportations, organized legal and financial support — bringing 35 of the 54 people who were shipped out of state back home on bond — and sent people to testify to Congress about the devastation caused by the raid.
And activists in Washington state just launched the Chinga La Migra organizing tour by locking down outside the offices of ICE and Customs and Border Protection in Seattle to draw attention to the unrelenting struggle against detention under the leadership of those detained.
Close to 1.5 years into Trump’s presidency, we can’t let ourselves acclimate to this reality. All over the US, immigrants, their families and communities are mobilizing to stop this vicious immigration policing and supporting each other to survive it. And we must join them.
To help in this effort, Catalyst Project co-created training curriculum to support non-immigrants to take strategic, effective and accountable collective action in solidarity with immigrant communities toward the end of deportations, detentions, and discrimination. Please share and use it with your groups and communities. “Immigration Justice Movements in the Time of Trump”