June 21, 2018
On June 20th, hundreds of people joined me at LaGuardia airport to witness separated children being flown from Texas to New York in the dead of night.1,2,3,4,5
At 7:30 pm, I got a text message from a woman on an American Airlines flight, who saw seven young people being transported from Dallas.
At 8:00 pm, I headed to the airport with Cristina Jimenez, co-founder of United We Dream. We saw a few groups of children being hurried into vans. We asked everyone we knew to come. People poured in. They brought signs: “No están solos” (you are not alone) and “Los queremos” (we love you). Millions of people saw video and news coverage of the action. We made visible what had been hidden, while sending a powerful message of solidarity.
The state of moral emergency caused by the Trump Administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy is far from over. Extraordinary times demand extraordinary actions. Our promise at Bend the Arc is to continue to mobilize American Jews to respond to the Trump Administration’s moral atrocities and crimes against humanity with visionary opposition.
Let us be clear: This government is ripping families apart, putting families in detention camps, and criminalizing entire communities. The American Jewish community won’t stay silent.