At ‘Families Belong Together’ Marches, This Is What Democracy—and Compassion—Look Like


Well over 600 marches are underway across the country—many of them in sweltering heat—to protest the Trump administration’s inhumane policy of separating migrant children from their families and holding babies in cages.

As the protests carried on throughout Saturday, some 2,047 children remained in detention without their parents or other family members, despite a recent court ruling that the children must be reunited with their families by the end of July.

Following are just some of the photos and videos from marches across the nation—and the world—on this history-making day that hopefully will resonate well into November’s midterm elections.

In Washington, DC, a woman who was separated from her mother for two years during the Holocaust, when she was just a toddler, spoke of the “years of bonding” that “were lost and had to be started again”:

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, of Puerto Rican descent, sang a lullaby he wrote for the children separated from their parents. “We’ll bleed and fight for you, we’ll make it right for you,” he sang.

A family from Knoxville, TN, traveled to the White House with shirts they made showing they really do care:

A mother and daughter spelled it out clearly:

The crowd sizes were massive everywhere:

And people marched and stood up for all of our rights, “documented” or not:

Some met their heroines:

Others were serenaded by John Legend, who reminded us to do more than just “preach.”

Some hadn’t protested in decades.

Others showed up at Mar-a-Lago, speechless:

In San Francisco, they “flew” by:

And reminded us of the obvious:

They put baby dolls in cages:

And sent a message to the first lady that, yes, we do fucking care. (That’s also for you, Marco Rubio.)

In Chicago, they filled Daley Plaza:

And in Anchorage, Alaska, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott declared ours a “nation of morals.”

Strong women political candidates, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, marched in Queens, chanting, “Sin papeles, sin miedo.”

And news agency photographers captured many compelling shots:

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