A rally and protest against the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their undocumented immigrant parents at the border will take place from noon until 2 pm on Saturday, June 23, on Library Mall in downtown Madison.
“The policies that the Trump administration is enacting are inhumane, and they’re barbaric, and they’re traumatic to the families and to the children that they’re separating,” said rally organizer Jon Isaac. “There’s a massive sense of outrage on the news, and on social media, and in our communities, and so we recognize that that outrage needs to be channeled into mobilizing and organizing against those barbaric policies.”
Isaac said the local rally hasn’t yet connected with national efforts to hold protests, including a major one in Washington, DC, for June 30, but said organizers are open to collaborations.
Isaac also said speakers can’t yet be announced but organizers are actively reaching out to community leaders and politicians, and will announce speakers soon.
As of early Wednesday morning, more than 300 people had indicated they planned to attend, and another 1,800 had indicated interest, on the Facebook event.
“We’re anticipating that it’s going to be a pretty large event,” Isaac said. “We want to reiterate that this is an event for everyone, that this is an outrage that can only be solved by mass collective demonstration, and that no one should feel sidelined or feel as though they don’t have a part to play in this, because they do.”