Minneapolis, MN – Thousands turned out to march through the streets of south Minneapolis against the United States practice of separating children from their families at the Mexico-US border. The start time of the event was pushed back a half hour due to a fierce thunderstorm that rolled through at 2 p.m.
Unicorn Riot was live from south Minneapolis:
One participant Avery who grew up in Texas near the border said that what’s going on “is an atrocity, in that children that I personally know are being affected & ripped away from their families, just because they’re coming from across a fake line.”
“I grew up in #Texas, on the border.
What’s going on is an atrocity, in that children that I personally know are being affected & ripped away from their families, just bc they’re coming from across a fake line.”
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) July 1, 2019
When our host Georgia asked how the issue could be resolved, Avery responded, “I’d say, abolishing ICE; re-looking at how we manage our borders; re-considering them entirely because, frankly, the fact that we can justify concentration camps because of a fake line suggests that maybe we should re-consider it as a whole.”
Sudanese-American protester Ali was out protesting the Muslim Ban at the #StopSeparatingFamilies anti-ICE march, as well as spreading awareness about the uprising taking place in Sudan.
At the #StopSeparatingFamilies march in #Mpls Ali spoke about the impacts of the #MuslimBan for #Sudanese ppl & the recent #KhartoumMassacre where 120+ protesters were killed by RSF/Janjaweed.
The #uprising in #Sudan has forced a power-sharing deal between civilian/military rule. pic.twitter.com/PRrF31SDYZ
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) July 11, 2019
Chava Kohkoffel, a protester of Askenazi Jewish descent, had organized a variety of local Jewish activists to attend the march together in order to show unified opposition to the camps as a bloc of Jewish people.
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) July 12, 2019
Chava explained the importance of taking a stand as an anti-Zionist Jew, “to place my traditions and values and diaspora in a Yiddish idea of doyekit which means, wherever you are… it means ‘hereness’; wherever you are, you’re fighting for liberation there.”
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