Grannies in the U.S. respond against family separation
A group of grandmothers has decided to travel more than 2,000 miles from New York to the U.S.-Mexico border to demonstrate against family separation and other…
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If grandmothers can, anyone can.
This is the message of activism and protest from the collective organized in New York under the name "Grannies Respond," a group of grandmothers who have decided to ride in a van and travel more than 2,000 miles towards Texas with the mission to "help separated families on the border with Mexico," The Independent reported.
The group - made up mostly of actual grandmothers - met on Tuesday in Manhattan for an impromptu demonstration before leaving, and instead of shouting "they smiled and hugged each one another," the report continued.
"Grandparents often teach their children and grandkids morality and give them a sense of right and wrong," the group's co-founder, Roya Salehi, said in a statement. "The cruel and inhumane way that immigrant children and their families are being treated is wrong and immoral."
That is why this group of around 20 women decided to undertake a six-day road trip to McAllen, Texas, and they plan to make seven stops along the way, organizing demonstrations and vigils in each city "to express their outrage at the immigrant families separated at the border," CBS News explained.
The last stop will be on August 6 at the facilities of the largest immigration center in the country, where they will hold a 24-hour demonstration and participate in community events, the report continued.
"We are moving beyond political lines," said Claire Nelson, one of the participants and grandmother of five. "This issue is not going away."
"At the end of the day, we want to be sure people are aware of what’s happening," said another of the grandmothers, Roya Salehi. "We wanted to get attention and have people talking. We could not sit passively."
Many of the women involved are the daughters of immigrants, some of families who fled the Holocaust, and whose historical memory doesn’t allow them to sit idly by.
The group of grandmothers will keep an audiovisual record of their journey, and they will try to talk about their personal experiences during the six days, sharing it through social media.
Kathaleen Brown, a woman with 12 grandchildren, said that "we are not your old-fashioned ‘granny’ model. I think that in the beginning, the idea of the grannies was a chuckle. But we're nothing to chuckle at."
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