Action 7: We Belong Together
Action 7 in our 10 Actions / 100 Days campaign, We Belong Together, is centered around the concept of unity and family, and the belief that children have a critical role to play in the resistance movement. This action is part of a collaboration with National Domestic Workers Alliance, WeCount!, PowerU, the American Friends Service Committee, #LoveArmy, MomsRising, FLIC, Make it Work, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, UndocuBlack Network and the Women's Refugee Commission.
The foundation of our movement is rooted in the bonds that we share with each other, with our families -- those we are born into and those we choose -- and with our communities. We believe that families and children should live free from fear of discriminatory policies that threaten to divide us, and tear parents away from their children. Children have a unique vantage point in experiencing what is happening in our society, and their voices on these issues are particularly powerful.
Young activists and youth engaged in their communities are not only the future -
they are the present.
Last week, a group of 40 Latinx and Black youth set out by bus from Miami to DC, with stops in Atlanta and Raleigh, to call on local leaders to stand strong against current immigration policies that threaten to tear their families and communities apart. Their journey culminated at the front of the White House, where they were joined by fellow youth from DC, New York, Colorado, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Together, they created an interlocking Unity Circle, a safe space to demonstrate their commitment to unity and to each other.
For Action 7, we invite you to join us in participating in the We Belong Together Kids Week of Action. Unite with children and families across the country, empower young activists and commit to making communities a welcoming place for all.
Here are four ways you can participate:
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE
1. Create or join a #WeBelongTogether Unity Circle in your community. During the week of action, we encourage kids and youth to form circles and link arms around spaces they seek to make safe and welcoming for all, such as schools, parks, playgrounds, city halls and congressional offices, to demonstrate how young people are uniting against dangerous policies that threaten to tear communities apart. Invite local leaders to join your circles - teachers, school officials, mayors, city council members, for example - and commit to enacting or fighting for policies that support and defend young people in their communities. See the We Belong Together Organizer Toolkit for more suggestions for creating a Unity Circle.
2. Educate yourself and engage with young people about how discriminatory policies are affecting their lives, especially kids of color and refugees. We’ve included a list of resources for you below.
Immigration and Deportation
Criminalization of Youth of Color
After-School Education: Teaching Tolerance
3. Write postcards to elected officials. Gather a group of friends or plan a classroom activity to write postcards to your local elected officials. (Visit the link here to find your elected officials.) Ask them to support laws that keep families and communities together. Click the postcards below to print and download - feel free to color in the second one created by Devika Sen - or create your own and share them on social media using the hashtag #WeBelongTogether.
4. Invite your friends and family to participate in the We Belong Together Kids Week of Action, share your story on social media and use the hashtag #WeBelongTogether. Here are a few ideas:
Share a photo with your family and/or friends holding a sign reading #WeBelongTogether. Use that hashtag and tag your local elected officials on social media to let them know that you are committed to taking action to ensure families remain together.
If you and your child feel comfortable, share a photo of your child holding a sign reading “Families Belong Together” or “Don’t Take Kids’ Parents Away” with the hashtag #WeBelongTogether.
- Share photos from your Unity Circles and use the hashtag #WeBelongTogether.