Pro-Immigration Rally Set for Sunday Morning

Tracking organizational efforts in the face of Donald Trump

A scene from an anti-Trump rally held Downtown on Wednesday
A scene from an anti-Trump rally held Downtown on Wednesday (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Protests have been flaring up all across the country in light of Tuesday’s presidential election. In two days, Austin alone has seen three marches.

People are scared. They’re angry. They’re concerned for their well-being and the well-being of their loved ones. Speaking up and speaking out at marches, protests, and rallies creates a united front between the multiple communities Trump and his incoming administration have promised to target.

The Chronicle will do its best to inform readers of upcoming rallies. The first known gathering this weekend is a Love Trumps Hate rally specifically geared toward addressing the fear undocumented families are suddenly facing. The rally is scheduled for Sun., 9:30am-12:30pm, outside of City Hall. Organizers have asked that attendees wear white.

“It’s a call for the community to stand up and fight back,” says Berenice Ramirez, one of four organizers for the Sunday rally. “People are scared that their families will be broken apart. All families are going through this terrorization, but we want Austin to know that we’re here and we’re not backing down.”

Throughout campaigning, Trump made many statements that demean, vilify, and eradicate undocumented immigrants. He promised to build a wall (which Texas already has, along part of its border), and pledged to deport American immigrants, an approximate population of 11 million people. “It is estimated that 1.5 million undocumented immigrants call Texas home and that the Lone Star State would be central to any of of Trump’s enforcement strategies on immigration.”

Each of the four organizers for this weekend’s rally fear they could be one of the many affected by Trump’s hate. “My son and I will live in constant fear that his father, the love of my life, my best friend and our protector, could be ripped from us at any moment,” says another organizer, former Executive Director of the Workers Defense Project Cristina Tzintzún.

If you or someone you know is planning a march, protest, or community event, please let us know via email: smarloff@austinchronicle.com.

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