YWCA Pierce County is joined by Associated Ministries, Centro Latino, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, HopeSparks, Islamic Center of Tacoma, Korean Women’s Association, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Tacoma Community House, Tacoma Migrant Justice, Tacoma Refugee Choir and Tacoma Rainbow Center in hosting a rally for the “Families Belong Together” day of action this Saturday, June 30, at People’s Park from noon to 2 p.m.
The YWCA rally dovetails into a separate “Families Belong Together” rally that will be held at 10 a.m. to noon on June 30, at Wright Park and includes protesters from the Occupy Northwest Detention Center movement, family members and immigrant advocates.
The YWCA event will feature performances from the Tacoma Refugee Choir, short remarks from elected officials and speeches from immigrants, refugees and others who are impacted by the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Speakers will include Vanna Sing, a Khmer Rouge genocide survivors and advocate for the SE Asian refugee community, Karen Fierro, Community Equity Advocate at Rainbow Center and current recipient of Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA), members of the Islamic Center of Tacoma, Congressman Denny Heck and Congressman Derek Kilmer.
Organizers also encourage participants to attend the NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC Solidarity Day at NWDC on Sunday, July 1, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. to show solidarity with those in detention, support for families visiting their loved ones, and resistance to the oppressive immigration/prison system.