GLEN ROCK, NJ ‐‐ What will it take to reunite 2,000 migrant children with their heartbroken families? Experts say that public support is key, and that's why grassroots activist groups in northern New Jersey are joining forces in Glen Rock on Saturday, June 30 for the "Rally for Humanity."
The rally, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the steps of the Glen Rock Municipal Building,1 Harding Plaza, will feature inspiring speeches, music and poetry to raise awareness of the plight of undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers as well as emphasize the importance of unity, kindness, empathy and love.
"Regardless of each of our political leanings, we all feel the pain of what is happening to families at our borders. We feel the pain of immigrants because we are a nation of immigrants. We feel the pain of parents because we are parents. And we care and love and worry about these children because we're human," said Erica Danziger, of Glen Rock After the March, one of the lead organizers of the event.
"What we're seeing at the border is a humanitarian crisis," said Erin Chung, of Women For Progress, which is also sponsoring the rally. "These families are living a nightmare and we're trying to do everything we can to bring that nightmare to an end."
Other sponsors include Women of Action ‐ Fair Lawn, Ridgewood JOLT, Ramsey PINS, Teaneck Women Together and NJ5 Coalition. The rally will include remarks by:
Carolina Curbelo is the daughter of Cuban refugees and a lawyer whose immigration practice includes Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Cases for abandoned, neglected and abused children in the U.S., asylum or withholding cases, and a variety of other immigration matters in and out of immigration court.
Kate Jerome is an advocate working with the ACLU, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice and Indivisible to stop immigration injustice and fix the immigration system. The mother of two children adopted from Peru and Guatemala, Ms. Jerome works with churches and civic groups to improve awareness and understanding of immigration issues.
Sally Bruno is the founder of One World, One Love, a charity dedicated to helping refugee families settling in New Jersey. One World, One Love sets up apartments and helps families navigate school systems, job searches and more.
Other speakers will include Dr. Arati Kreibich, the first South Asian American elected to the Glen Rock Borough Council; Inderjot (Andie) Birring, the assistant general counsel of the Los Angeles Unified School District; and Holocaust survivor and educator Myra Herbst Genn and her daughter Vivian Genn Pittman. Poetry will be read by Dr. Kreibich and voice‐over actress Khristine Hvam. Several musical performances are also planned, including one by children from the Village School in Waldwick.