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September 6th, 2017

Day After DACA Repeal, Immigrants Take Down Statue of Jeff Sessions Outside the DOJ

After yesterday’s announcement that the White House is terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, groups rallied in front of the Department of Justice to condemn Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his role in ending DACA and promoting hyper discriminatory, anti-immigrant, and pro-prison practices.

Groups Mijente, Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), Juntos, United We Dream, LCLAA, and GLAHR (Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights) and others collaborated to organize the rally, with approximately 200 people in attendance.


What Happened?

Members of the immigrant community spoke out against the racist attack on undocumented DREAMers, including Genoveva Ramirez, an Illinois grandmother ordered to be deported next month. Ramirez emphasized that Sessions should have no place in the Department of Justice, white supremacists should have no place in the White House, and the urgency of rising up against attacks on our communities. The rally set a tone of fierce resolve, with high-energy chants and calls for continued resistance.

Tearing down @Jeffsessions and white supremacy – neither have any place in our government or our society @ConMijente @GoIUPAT @LCLAA #1u

— IUPAT Organizing (@JoinIUPAT) September 6, 2017


The Take-Down

Following the speak outs, community members erected and pulled down a statue of Jeff Sessions, calling him a living monument of the Confederacy that needs to be taken down.

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is named after Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy and P. G. T. Beauregard, the Confederate Army’s first General who started the Civil War. True to his name, Sessions was determined to be ‘too racist’ to be a federal judge in 1986 and is now pushing the Department of Justice to take a more active and heavy-handed role in driving deportations as the U.S. Attorney General under Trump. Revoking DACA is the latest of his aggressively racist and discriminatory moves as Attorney General including:

During a time when our news feeds are overwhelmed by a never-ending stream of crises, it helps to remind ourselves that there are specific individuals who are responsible for systems escalating the violence we are seeing across the U.S. and, as the old saying goes, they have names and addresses. Today’s demonstration did exactly that by naming Jeff Sessions as the racist monument that he is and insisting we take him down.

More on the Rally

Check out more highlights and the full livestream of the rally below.

Every dictator eventually falls. We'll take down Sessions, Trump, and every living monument to white supremacy in this administration.#DefendDaca #ConfederateDOJ #DefyDefendExpand

Posted by Mijente on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

“As long as we are standing, as long as we are breathing, we will continue fighting.” -Olivia Vasquez @Vamos_Juntos_ #DACA rally

— Elizabeth Fiedler (@Fiedler4Philly) September 5, 2017

The day after he repealed DACA, groups rallied at the #ConfederateDOJ to challenge AG jefferson beauregard Sessions' criminalization policies.📸: MariAlejandra

Posted by Mijente on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

We're gearing up and almost on our way to march to DOJ. Follow along! #DefendDACA #ConfederateDOJ

Posted by Mijente on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Born and raised in Miami, Belinda Rodriguez is a Cuban-American organizer and activist based in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a member of Mijente’s CommSquad.

Paid for in part by Mijente PAC, 734 W Polk St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.