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Nicole Hernandez, from Guerrero, Mexico holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico on June 13, 2018. The family has waited for about a week in this Mexican border city, hoping for a chance to escape widespread violence in their home state.
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March This Weekend With Global Citizen to Keep Families Together

The recent cases of children being taken away from their parents after they cross into the US have shocked many Americans, with headlines screaming about children as young as 8-months-old being separated from their mother.

These are families coming from countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, where gangs make day-to-day life impossible and where poverty is escapable. In El Salvador, 38% of the population live in poverty, according to the World Bank. In Guatemala, it’s 51%. Honduras? 60%. 

How can a country which stands for freedom and justice actively separate families who seek those ideals for themselves?

Take Action: Call Your Congressperson and Ask Them to Reunite Families

This weekend, Global Citizen is rallying people in New York City and across the United States to stand up and say that the US needs to “Keep Families Together.” We’re calling on the US government to reunite families who’ve been torn apart at the border, and to support a robust foreign aid budget that will help stem the root causes of migration. 

Global Citizens in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area are invited to join us for a rally at Foley Square on Saturday, June 30. Meet us at the corner of Centre and Chamber streets, two blocks south of Foley Square at 10 a.m. We'll have Global Citizen representatives and a a large banner there. If you arrive after 10:15 a.m., you can find us in Foley Square. We'll start to march across the Brooklyn Bridge at 10:45 a.m.

You can take action on Saturday by checking in using the new action in the Global Citizen app while at the rally, you’ll receive 4 points toward securing a ticket to this year’s New York City festival, taking place on Sept. 29 in Central Park. 

Read More: How You Can Help Families Separated at the Border

And if you’re not in the tristate, we still encourage you to find a local rally and give your voice to those who need it. You can find more rallies here

There’s more you can do to help the families who’ve been separated at the border. Call on your Congressperson to help reunite them, and to support foreign aid, which can alleviate the underlying causes of migration — conflict and poverty. Take action here.

Every action matters — because together, we can be the generation to take action and end poverty.