Over 500 people converged in 97 ° heat at the corner of Neil and Green streets in downtown Champaign June 30, 2018 to protest the Trump Administration's policy of forcibly separating asylum-seeking families at the southern border.
Organized by Bend the Arc:CU in conjunction with Champaign County ACLU, C-U Fair, C-U Indivisible, Champaign-Urbana Progressives (CUP), Sanctuary of the People, and The People's Agenda, the march was one of more than 600 held nationwide to protest US policies that the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights has called “government-sanctioned child abuse” and a violation of international law.
“The Trump administration's practice of ripping immigrant children from the arms of their families isn't just cruel and inhumane—it's the latest sign that our country is in a state of moral emergency,” said Diane Ore, chair of Bend the Arc:CU, about the need for the march. “If we don't speak out, the president will only feel empowered to go to even more dangerous and violent extremes.”
See the local news coverage by WCIA TV of the march here
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