Women’s March Plans Day of Civil Disobedience to Protest Family Separations

Activist Linda Sarsour speaks at a protest march in New York City, October 1, 2017. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters)

The Women’s March is calling on women to break laws on Thursday in the nation’s capital in protest of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

“We are calling for all women to join us for a mass civil disobedience in DC on Thursday, 6/28, to demand this administration stop criminalizing undocumented immigrants and tearing children away from their parents,” the group, which sprung up the day President Trump took office, wrote on Twitter last week.

The event is intended as a rebuke of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for illegal crossings at the southern border, which has resulted in the separation of over 2,000 children from their parents.

The president last week signed an executive order aimed at allowing children to remain with their parents as the adults are prosecuted for illegal entry, but said that he hoped Congress would supplement it with legislation.

“Today, 1,000 women will engage in nonviolent civil disobedience to protest the criminalization and detention of immigrants, and the separation of immigrant families. #WomenDisobey because we really DO care,” the Women’s March tweeted Thursday morning.

The group also revealed that it held training sessions for the protests.

Dozens of other demonstrations against the family-separation policy are expected to take place across the country this weekend.

Women’s March leaders have made clear that they do not support the detention of adults or children who cross the border illegally, whether together as a family or apart.

“When we were advocating to keep families together and end family separations, we were not advocating for family incarceration,” said Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour. “Camps for children is just as wrong as camps for children and adults.”

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