CAPITAL REGION — “Families Belong Together” marches will take place across the Capital Region on June 30, despite President Donald Trump’s executive order, which he signed on Wednesday allowing parents and children to be detained together.
Norah Brennan, executive vice president of Saratoga Unites, said Trump’s executive order “is not a reasonable compromise.”
“This issue hit me really hard after seeing images of children being left to fend for themselves without their parents,” she said. “I felt compelled to jump in when I saw a national announcement about the marches.”
A “Families Belong Together” rally is being held in Washington, D.C. on June 30 and communities across the country are responding by holding their own to support immigrant families.
Saratoga Unites will host the June 30 march, which will begin at Congress Park.
Brennan said the organization is partnering with Saratoga Immigration Coalition, Saratoga Peace Alliance and Saratoga Progressive Action for the event.
Joe Seeman, member of Saratoga Progressive Action, said he hopes the march sends a message to politicians.
“We will not tolerate racist scapegoating and tearing families apart,” he said. “If they won’t change this, we will repeal and replace them.”
Seeman said he hopes those who participate in the march are encouraged to do more.
“I hope they walk away with the sense that we the people still have some semblance of a democracy and that we can fight the forces of hypocrisy, racism and scapegoating,” he said. “We want everyone participating to continue fighting this by going door to door to register voters and educate voters, so we can take America back.”
Terry Diggory, coordinator with the Saratoga Immigration Coalition, said the organization decided to get involved because its members were concerned about the welfare of immigrants locally and across the country.
“The executive order Trump issued isn’t an adequate solution to the problem; it’s almost the opposite,” he said. “It puts everyone in jail.”
Diggory said the march serves as an opportunity to raise public awareness about immigration.
“I hope the march becomes a channel for communication about the different ways of helping,” he said. “In addition to the encouragement by seeing fellow supporters, there will be handouts and information on how individuals can help.
“It’s important to contact legislators and support agencies that are working with the detained children.”
Marches will also take place June 30 in Glens Falls and Albany.
“I’m very encouraged by the nationwide response and the number of events locally and throughout the nation,” he said. “It’s great to see, and I hope momentum continues.”
The Saratoga Springs “Families Belong Together” march will begin at 11 a.m.
The Glens Falls march will begin at 11:30 a.m. outside of Rep. Elise Stefanik’s office, at 136 Glen St.
The “Families Belong Together Albany” march will begin at 11 a.m. at West Capitol Park, at the corner of South Swan and State streets in Albany.