Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Activists can change the world

Changing the world starts with individuals taking a stand.

Hi to all activists,

This Friday at 5 pm in The Square, Palmerston North.
Join "It's Our Future Manawatu" for a family-friendly peaceful gathering as we stand in solidarity with the families traumatised by the US border policies.
In attendance will be city councillors, local iwi, members of our local Latino community, school children and people from all walks of life as we extend arohanui and manaakitanga from here in Palmerston North – Manawatu to the families and children currently experiencing the trauma of enforced separation, and call for an immediate end to this institutionalised injustice.
Gather by the monument to Te Peeti Te Awe awe and bring signs, flowers, LED lights as we show we care and that we aren’t ok with what’s happening right now.

Regardless of your political views what is happening to children on the Mexican boarder is an attack on the human race. This Friday It’s Our Future Manawatu is organising a gathering in The Square [Opp Plaza entrance] where we will present a statement regarding this inhuman behaviour to the local media and a copy sent to the US Ambassador here in NZ.

If you could attend in numbers it would without doubt make that statement much more powerful.

WHEN; This Friday the 22nd of June 2018
PLACE: The Square PN Opp Plaza Entrance
TIME: 5 pm.

Please share this request with all your friends we need to show our communities and our fellow human beings that separating children from their parents is no answer to the problems that confront the world. Violence such as that being pursued by the Donald Trump is both dehumanising and disgusting. To read more about this inhuman behaviour go to:


Latest from Radio NZ on the subject says it all...

Outcry grows over family separations

Democrats staged an impromptu congressional protest and moderate Republicans and key US business groups pressed Mr Trump to stop separating immigrant children from their parents as an opinion poll showed most Americans oppose the policy.
The family separations and detentions of children at the southern US border, highlighted by the videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children, have sparked an outcry at home and strong condemnation abroad.
Two of the top US business groups, the US Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, decried the separation policy on Tuesday and called for its immediate cessation.
"This practice is cruel and contrary to American values," the group's chair, Chuck Robbins, said.
A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.
A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the US-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo: AFP
The separations have been blasted by Democrats, some Republicans, medical professionals, rights activists and clergy.
They began after Attorney-General Jeff Sessions announced in April that all immigrants apprehended while crossing the US-Mexico border illegally should be criminally prosecuted.
Parents who are referred by border agents for prosecution are held in federal jails, while their children are moved into border shelter facilities under the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a Department of Health and Human Services agency.
A Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll released on Tuesday showed fewer than one in three American adults support the policy. The 16-19 June poll found that 28 percent of people polled supported the policy, while 57 percent opposed it and the remaining 15 percent said they do not know.
The images that have sparked widespread condemnation, of children in wire cages, are of a border patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas.

 Contact: Reverend Andy Hickman, on behalf of "It's Our Future Manawatu"
Email: andy@allsaintsnz.com
Additional parking available at All Saints Anglican Church.

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