On November 28, 2018, border patrol fired tear gas and rubber bullets at children at the Mexico-United States border. These children, along with their guardians, had committed no crimes; they were simply seeking refuge. Make no mistake, this is not the first time our country’s government has intentionally brutalized people of color, especially brown and black folks. Time and time again, the people who have the power in America have shown the extent to which they devalue the humanity of others by labeling them as “illegal aliens” and “criminals.” Seeking asylum is completely legal. Having worked with refugee communities in the past, I can attest to how difficult and arduous it is to become an asylee. The least we can do is take a look at their applications. The last thing we should be doing is firing tear gas at them.

Upon hearing of this horrible attack on the families at the border, I felt compelled to act. Reaching out to Families Belong Together, as well as folks I had met through the Austin activism scene, I was able to work with a group of amazing folks to organize a “Stop the Tears” vigil in Austin. And in that effort, I created the official poster for the “Stop the Tears” campaign. I am incredibly moved to see all folks from all corners of this country that turned out to support the movement.

All photos below are from the Families Belong Together Twitter account. A couple pictures from the Austin vigil were taken by my talented friend, Sidney Hollingsworth.