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Nick has suggested that we organize a day long vigil in solidarity with the HVCC Caravan to DC and as a means to collectively express our outrage regarding the human rights violations that are taking place at the border (United Nations Convenant on the Rights of the Child) and here in Westchester County (children losing parents in ICE raids). We have consulted with Luis and are moving forward. It is short notice but we are asking people to commit to one hour slots tomorrow Wednesday in front the of the Federal Courthouse on 300 Quarropas Street in White Plains where HVCC organized a rally a couple of weeks ago. We will be checking in with the Caravan in DC during the day and will be sending them our love and solidarity as they meet with representatives for family reunification both here and at the border. I will bring placards but please feel free to bring your own. For those with health conditions, it should be cooler and cloudy tomorrow.
Nick and I will be sending off the Caravan of Hope tomorrow at 5am at the Sleepy Hollow Senior Center (55 Elm Street) and Vitalah and Helen will be part of the welcome home crew at 9pm in the same place. I believe there is also a rally in Tarrytown at 7:30pm tomorrow for those unable to make day time slots (details to follow).
The news from the border is very distressing regarding children being forcibly separated from their parents.
Here in Westchester County, children continue to be separated from their parents in ICE raids.
Luis Yumbla with the Hudson Valley Community Coalition is organizing a Caravan of Hope, Solidarity and Freedom to reunify families both at the border and here in Westchester County. They will travel to Washington, DC, this Wednesday, June 20th. He is bringing seven local families who have family members detained by ICE to meet with our Senator Gillibrand in her DC office and to also meet with other representatives.
He is asking for us to gather at 5am on Wednesday at the Sleepy Hollow Senior Center located at 55 Elm Street in Sleepy Hollow with signs: KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER to help with the morale of the families boarding the bus to DC. I will bring the signs from the WESPAC office and will help with media outreach. Please join me, either for the send off or to get on the bus if you can. There are seats available on the bus if people would like to travel down with the family members.
Funds are also still needed to pay for the bus.
Luis also says that calls to our Congressional representatives should continue (Nita Lowey, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand) to stop this massive violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
I hope to see many of you on Wednesday early morning. It really helps the families not to feel so alone. There should also be a welcoming crew when they return around 9pm that same day. Let us know if you would like to bottom line the evening welcoming crew. Luis can be reached at [email protected] . ... See MoreSee Less