Philadelphia denounces family separation

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 1:04pm -- John McGuire
Representatives from the Coalition to Shut Down Berks implore the crowd to call the governor’s office and take action against the Berks County Residential Center which holds asylum-seeking families.
Representatives from Refuse Fascism Philly lead the June 19 rally that occurred during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Philadelphia.
A mother holds her child at the protest.
City Councilwoman Helen Gym was at the protest, speaking out against the Trump administration’s policy that separates children from their families at the border.
Sarah Walters, a English teacher to non-native speakers, holds her daughter close while listening to the rally’s speakers
Keyri Artillero Apolonio cries while speaking at the protest about her family’s experience seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2015. Her brother was detained with adult men as a minor.
Demonstrators brought pairs of children’s shoes to spell out “NO” on the sidewalk of Rittenhouse Square.
Executive Director of Juntos Erika Almiron addresses the crowd first, following an introduction from Refuse Fascism Philly.
A demonstrator holds a “Abolish ICE” poster at the rally in Rittenhouse Square.