Celebs, Rights Groups Join 24-Day Hunger Strike Against Trump Border Policy
Activists are abstaining from meals to call attention to separated migrant families.
Four rights organizations are joining a growing hunger strike to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policy that allows for the separation and detention of undocumented immigrant families, Newsweek reported.
Break Bread, Not Families is a 24-hour hunger strike spanning 24 days to call attention to the 2,400 children separated from their parents.
“This ‘solution’ is not only immoral, it is also illegal under U.S. and international law,” the Break Bread, Not Families website read, referring to the “indefinite detention of families" enforced by the Trump administration’s policy.
Darwin Micheal Mejia, right, holds hands with his mother, Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia, during a news conference following their reunion at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, June 22, 2018, in Linthicum, Md.
Four organizations have joined together in support of the strike, including the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization; Lupe, a community union founded by Cesar Chavez; the Texas Civil Rights Project, a pro-bono law firm serving the movement for equality and justice; and Neta, a bilingual multimedia platform based in the Rio Grande Valley.
“Generations of Americans did not toil and sacrifice to build a country where children and their parents are placed in cages to advance a cynical political agenda,” said Ethel Kennedy, founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, in a statement.
Organizers are asking participants to join the strike chain, which began on Saturday, June 23, by committing to fast for 24 hours and then either pass the strike over to another volunteer or continue fasting. If one cannot participate in the strike but would like to contribute, organizations suggest donating what one might have spent on food during a 24-hour period.
Participants and supporters are using the hashtag #BreakBreadNotFamilies on social media channels.
There's still time to join our #BreakBreadNotFamilies Campaign! Join @LUPE_rgv, @TXCivilRights, @netargv in our daily fast! Learn more about how you can get involved and protect the rights' of immigrants here: https://t.co/M86Gi301C4#AyunarParaNoSeparar#FamiliesBelongTogetherpic.twitter.com/DLJo9lrw34— RFK Human Rights (@RFKHumanRights) June 28, 2018
Evan Rachel Wood joined the #BreakBreadNotFamilies hunger strike prayer chain to protest Trump administration polices on the border, along with members of the Kennedy family, lawmakers and actors like Aisha Tyler, Alfre Woodard and Martin Sheen.pic.twitter.com/FP0ltUzvWu— AJ+ (@ajplus) June 26, 2018
Bold-faced names already involved include actors Lena Dunham, Gina Belafonte, LeVar Burton, Keegan-Michael Key, Joy-Ann Reid, Martin Sheen, Mira Sorvino, Rob Reiner, and Evan Rachel Wood, as well as former United States Ambassador to Luxembourg David McKean, reported W Magazine.
Global Citizen campaigns in support of equal rights for all and the safe passage of migrants fleeing from violence. You can take action here to call governments to stop family separation.