Today (Friday, June 22) NJ 11th for Change and at least five other organizations will be holding “Fridays For Families” – regular vigils from 3-6 p.. in front of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s Morristown office in opposition to the Trump administration’s policies leading to detention of families, including young children, apprehended at the U.S. border.
The groups will call on Rep. Frelinghuysen — who spoke out against the atrocious policy of separating children from parents — to take a leading role in Congress to ensure humane treatment of migrants at our nation’s borders, including those seeking asylum from dire conditions in their home countries.
Speakers will include Montclair’s Mikie Sherrill, Democratic candidate for the 11th District congressional seat; Saily Avelenda, Executive Director of NJ 11th for Change; Emily Kullman, First Friends of New York and New Jersey; Jonathan Lace, Caldwell Town Council member; and Spyros D. Orfanos, New York University, lecturer on psychology, immigration and culture.
On Saturday (June 23), a rally, organized by Rebecca Halperin Burch, Montclair Believes Families Belong Together, will be held. Meeting point is the lawn at Montclair High School (corner of Park and Chestnut), from 10 a.m. to noon.
Burch writes: “So many of us have been feeling distraught and helpless and angry. Our government has been enforcing cruel policies that do not reflect the values we hold – of morality, of families, of human rights. Each act of protest alone might not change the world into one that is kind and fair and just, but our voices matter, and it is our moral obligation to stand together and speak up for what we know is right. Let’s do that this Saturday morning and make the voice of our community heard!”