When: Saturday, May 2. The march and protest will last from about 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, folks traveling on buses from Austin, San Antonio and elsewhere should expect to be with us from early morning to late afternoon.
Where: Dilley, TX
Event Organizers: Grassroots Leadership, Texans United for Families
What: We will march from downtown Dilley to the family detention camp where we will hold a rally with songs and chants, street theater, speeches from people directly affected by immigrant detention & deportation, and a time for prayer and statements from people of faith. If you are not able to march, there will also be a group going straight to protest site.
How to get there: United Methodists will have vans from Brownsville/McAllen and Austin. Grassroots Leadership is organizing buses from Austin. They can also connect you to others in your area who are going to coordinate rides. See UMC contacts below to let us know you are coming and coordinate transportation.
Other details: The organizers will provide lots of water and healthy snacks. If you need a more hearty lunch or have special dietary needs, plan on bringing your own food. Dress comfortably. It will be hot. Those with mobility concerns can ride directly to rally site on Grassroots Leadership busses, which will have accessible restrooms. Those who cannot stand throughout the rally can rest on these busses. Feel free to bring your own signs and banners. We will also have UMC signs and organizational banners.
RSVP through your UMC contact:
- Justice for Our Neighbors: Melissa Bowe, Melissa@njfon.org
- General Board of Church and Society and Rapid Response Network: Bill Mefford, firstname.lastname@example.org
- United Methodist Women: Carol Barton, email@example.com