Let’s Reunite the Children with Their Families Now!

The following press statement was given by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony during a rally and press conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. urging for the reunification of immigrant children with their families.

DETROIT (June 27, 2018) – Today we have come to Grand Rapids, not to separate people, highlight political divisions, or exacerbate family values. We are here because as people of God we believe in the teachings as expressed by the Psalmist in 127:3, “Children are a gift from the Lord. They are a reward from him.” Recognizing that God in his infinite wisdom has blessed us with a special gift, when one goes about the business of tearing a child from its parents, you are in fact ripping the gift that has been provided by God.

We are here today because we want to restore the gift. We want not to separate, but to unify. We want as a people not to have conflict, but to have compliment in the ability to recognize the dignity of all people. We cannot as Christians, Muslims, Jews, or whatever our faith orientation may be stand idly by and watch infants, toddlers, and teenagers, who have done nothing other than seek a better life, be torn asunder. For those who believe these actions may not impact you, there was a prominent protestant pastor by the name of Martin Niemoller who during WWII spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in a concentration camp. He is best remembered for these words: “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Click here Press Statement — Let’s Reunite Children Now to read the statement in its entirety.

Get on the Bus With Us! Let My Children Go Rally

Join us on Wednesday, June 27 as we rally in Grand Rapids to protest against the inhumane separation of babies, toddlers and teenagers from their parents.  The rally will begin at 12 p.m. at First Park Congregational Church located at 10 E Park Place NE in Grand Rapids.

The Detroit Branch NAACP will have a bus heading to Grand Rapids.  If you are interested in riding on the bus you must send an RSVP with your full name, phone number and email address to info@detroitnaacp.org.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This is on a first come first served basis. 

On Wednesday, June 27, check in for the bus will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Fellowship Chapel located at 7707 W. Outer Drive.  The bus will depart for Grand Rapids at 8 a.m.  For more information please call 313-871-2087.

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