Rise and Resist’s Statement on the July 4th Liberty Island protests
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In solidarity with Saturday’s nationwide End Family Separation protests, on July 4th Rise and Resist planned and executed a non-violent banner drop and human banner action at the Statue of Liberty. Our message was that ICE must be abolished, families must be reunited now, deportations must be halted, and the policy of detention as deterrent must end.
The person who climbed the Statue of Liberty was one of forty participants in our planned banner action, but her decision to climb the statue was made independently of the group, without consulting any other member of the group. We understand and share her desire to see the immediate release of children from detention and reunion with their parents. We hope that her legal representation will arrange for her release under her own recognizance.
Rise and Resist holds firm in our position that ICE should be abolished. ICE has deported tens of thousands of people who have been raising their families, running businesses, and contributing to their communities for years, some times decades. ICE detainees have been denied medical care and are subject to solitary confinement, sexual assault, and rape. Asylum seekers are often held by ICE without trial or bail.
Rise and Resist is a direct action group committed to opposing, disrupting, and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our civil liberties.