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#FamiliesBelongTogether Protests in 50 States

In 50 states, hundreds of thousands protest immigration policy, with focus on midterms. USA Today: “Hundreds of thousands of people turned out from coast-to-coast Saturday in “Families Belong Together” rallies to protest the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy and implore their fellow citizens to turn out to vote in November’s midterm elections. While the thrust of the near 750 marches and rallies was to defend the 2,000 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, the tone was decidedly political. In Atlanta, Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon who once marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was blunt: “We’ve got to get out and vote like we never voted before,” he said, prompting chants from the crowd,” Vote! Vote! Vote!” He roused the crowd by imploring them: “Don’t give up, don’t give in — keep marching.” In Dallas, where hundreds turned out downtown to call for a clear plan to reunify families separated by the administration policy, one sign said simply: “November is coming.” In the nation’s capital, thousands poured into Lafayette Square, across from the White House, to chant “We care” and “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA.” Protesters waved signs in English and Spanish. One sign, sounding like a mother’s stern rebuke, read in Spanish, “Trump te calmas o te calmo.” Translation: “Calm down, Trump, or I will calm you down.”

Coast-To-Coast Protests Demand End To Separations

Coast-to-coast protests denounce Trump immigration policies. CNN: “Americans young and old took to the streets of US cities Saturday to say “Families Belong Together” nearly two months after the Trump administration implemented its “zero tolerance” policy toward undocumented immigrants, prompting the separation of thousands of children from their parents. The main rally was in Washington, DC, but hundreds of marches, protests and rallies took place across the country in cities like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, Miami, St. Louis, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where crowds called for the immediate reunification of migrant families and an end to family detentions and separations.”

Canada Slaps U.S. With Tariffs

Canada Begins Imposing Tariffs on U.S. Goods From Ketchup to Lawn Mowers. AP: “Canada began imposing tariffs Sunday on $12.6 billion in U.S. goods as retaliation for the Trump administration’s new taxes on steel and aluminum imported to the United States. Some U.S. products, mostly steel and iron, face 25% tariffs, the same penalty the United States slapped on imported steel at the end of May. Other U.S. imports, from ketchup to pizza to dishwasher detergent, will face a 10% tariff at the Canadian border, the same as America’s tax on imported aluminum. Trump had enraged Canada and other U.S. allies by declaring imported steel and aluminum a threat to America’s national security and therefore a legitimate target for U.S. tariffs. Canada is the United States’ second-biggest trading partner in goods, just behind China.”

Lopez Obrador Victory Marks Sea Change In Mexico

Lopez Obrador scores landslide victory as Mexico votes for change. CNN: “Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has declared victory in Mexico’s presidential election, as preliminary results showed the leftist veteran politician, who had presented himself as an agent of change, secured a landslide win. President-elect Lopez Obrador is estimated to have received over 53% of the vote, more than double the total of his closest rival, according to the country’s electoral commission. “Today, they have recognized our victory,” Lopez Obrador, known by his initials AMLO, told a crowd of jubilant supporters at an event in Mexico City late Sunday local time. President Enrique Peña Nieto called Lopez Obrador shortly beforehand to congratulate him and pledged to help him carry out an orderly transition. Lopez Obrador will formally take power on December 1.”

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I Stand With Migrants, So Should You. Jeremiah Jaynes: “My name is Jeremiah Jaynes, and I grew up in the country: back on a small farm in Waynesville, North Carolina. We grew tobacco and raised chickens in the Appalachian Mountains. I have five younger brothers and sisters, and my dad is a carpenter. When I was a kid, I didn’t see the big picture: I used to think immigrants were a burden on the economy. I used to think it was us against them; but now I know that’s just a big con. Immigrants are poor people, just like me – and pitting us against each other isn’t the solution. my own ancestors were migrants to the mountains all the same. I see myself in these families. I see myself in their humanity. I stand with them, and I hope you will too.”

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