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Families Belong Together: Two Photo Essays

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A series of protests against the Trump administration’s family separation policy were held across the country on June 30th, with sizeable demonstrations in both Chicago and Atlanta, amongst more than 700 other locations.

  • Signs at the Families Belong Together March played on the now familiar campaign slogan, as many others at marches have before. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • What set Families Belong Together apart was the number of families in attendance – Many more children accompanied their guardians on June 30, 2018. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • Perhaps more than at any other recent march, immediacy was demanded at Families Belong Together. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • The statue of liberty was the American symbol of choice at the June 30, 2018 march. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • For a march demanding an end to bans, walls, and children being kept in cages, the rhetoric featured on many of the signs echoed that of the Trump Administration in alarming ways. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • Young people make the best signs. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • Under the Picasso in Daley Plaza, a call for an end to child abuse; Picasso, a known abuser, was not in attendance. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • In a sea of signs, everything from care to apparent apathy. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • Although the general tone of the march was optimistic, hope wasn't universal. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • "No one is illegal on stolen land." Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • Justice Kennedy's resignation was still fresh in the minds of protestors. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • This protestor and their family donned traditional Mexican garb, drummed, and burnt incense as a form of cultural protest. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • The crowd remained largely lethargic from the heat. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • "Give me your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,/The wretched refuse of your teeming shore./Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,/I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • The best vantage point during a march. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • Staying hydrated was a prime concern of march participants, second only to the racism inherent in establishing concentration camps for immigrant children. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • As marchers passed below the L platform, they cheered and hollered at the small crowd gathered to watch from above. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • The view from the L platform at State/Van Buren (Harold Washington Library) with no end in sight. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • Watching from the platform. Photo courtesy of Emily Rich.
  • The front steps of the Atlanta City Detention Center, under police protection. Photo courtesy of Joey Starling.
  • A pair of hands waving from one of the upper floors of the Detention Center. Photo courtesy of Joey Starling.
  • “Vote them Out:” The march continues down Peachtree Street despite the heat. Photo courtesy of Joey Starling.
  • The marchers make the turn onto MLK Jr. Drive Southwest, only a few blocks away from the Georgia State Capitol and City Hall. Photo courtesy of Joey Starling.
  • The march reaches Forsyth Street and stops traffic downtown. Photo courtesy of Joey Starling.
  • The protesters come up the drive outside of the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center and begins the turn onto Ted Turner Drive. Photo courtesy of Joey Starling.
  • The marchers reach their destination: the Richard B. Russell Federal Building and the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building. Photo courtesy of Joey Starling.
  • The crowd is too large to fit on one street, and begins to trickle further back into the path of the march. Photo courtesy of Joey Starling.
  • Dr. Raphael Warnock speaking in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building. Photo courtesy of Joey Starling.
  • “We Really Do Care:” these chalk signs were left on buildings and street partitions after the march. Photo courtesy of Joey Starling.

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