Celebrities aren’t just protesting Donald Trump’s immigration policy from their social media accounts — they’re traveling thousands of miles to show up in Texas to protest in person.
Over the weekend, protests aiming to #KeepFamiliesTogether were held all over the country, including Tornillo, a border town where kids are detained, and McAllen, where more kids separated from their parents are being held in detention centers. Amber Heard, Evan Rachel Wood, Sia, Lena Dunham, Joshua Jackson, and Connie Britton were among the celebs to come from near and far to support for the immigrants.
Aquaman star Heard, who is from the Lone Star State, traveled home to show her support in the Tornillo protest and urge the government to reunite families separated by the “zero tolerance” policy. Like our first lady Melania Trump, she used fashion to express herself, wearing a white shirt with, “Yes, I do care. Do you?” written on the back in Spanish.
She also held up a sign that said, “Apartheid was legal. Holocaust was legal. Legality is a matter of power not justice.”
A post shared by Amber Heard (@amberheard) on Jun 24, 2018 at 10:34am PDT
Dunham of Girls fame, along with her collaborator Jenni Konner, were also in Tornillo with a big old gang that included Jackson, Constance Wu, Mira Sorvino, Casey Wilson, Bella Thorne, and Ione Skye. Dunham and Konner pledged to match donations to Voto Latino, which organized the rally, up to $10,000.
We came to Tornillo, Texas, to show our solidarity with the families who have been separated, the children who are alone, the parents who are grieving and the undocumented Americans who are losing more than I can fathom. Thank you, Tornillo, for showing us a warm border welcome and reminding us that together we rise. Thank you @amberheard @constancewu @vancityjax @jennikonner @bellathorne @dani_thorne @elsamariecollins @mirasorvino @ioneskyelee @angeliquecabral @ktqlowes @caseyrosewilson @travon @wynter @kendrick38 @therealannacamp @skylerastin @siamusic
A post shared by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Jun 24, 2018 at 10:56am PDT
The Affair star Jackson shared that in the above photo, they were were “standing outside the detention facility where hundreds of children are being held in tents.” At 10 a.m., “it was already near 100 F… These are not summer camps. These are not acceptable conditions for children. This is a humanitarian crises of our own making.” He also shared video of the crowds at the protest to help set the scene.
Sia — sans headwear — also shared that she was matching donations to Voto Latino to help the kids — up to $100.000. She wrote that the org is doing “imperative work to protect and serve our asylum seekers.”
A post shared by SIA (@siamusic) on Jun 24, 2018 at 9:36am PDT
Actress Wilson’s message was pretty clear.
In Tornillo, Texas at the border where hundreds of refugee children are being detained in temporary shelters. We are here to bear witness. We are singing and chanting in hopes our voices will reach the tents. I hope they felt our love. #keepfamiliestogether This is not okay. This is not America. If you support Trump know that you are on the wrong side of history.
A post shared by Casey Wilson (@caseyrosewilson) on Jun 24, 2018 at 11:16am PDT
Sorvino described it as an emotional experience. “Tho they would not let us pass through, knowing that those children were there on the other side of the barbed wires, in a desert where the heat was easily over 100, made me want to fight even harder to #EndFamilySeparation,” she wrote.
TY so much @lenadunham for inviting me on this moving journey of bearing witness at the border. Tho they would not let us pass through, knowing that those children were there on the other side of the barbed wires, in a desert where the heat was easily over 100, made me want to fight even harder to #EndFamilySeparation @votolatino @peoplefor_
A post shared by Mira Sorvino (@mirasorvino) on Jun 24, 2018 at 10:42am PDT
Sorvino also had a message delivered in a fashion similar to the first lady’s on the back of an Army- style jacket: “We care.”
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) June 24, 2018
Dunham also shared photos of Friday Night Lights star Connie Britton…
And Rob Reiner, who also spoke at the protest.
Scandal actress Katie Lowes was also there, carrying a sign.
So were Pitch Perfect pair Skylar Astin and Anna Camp.
Families belong together — not put in cages indefinitely. This is a moral issue. Not a political one. It is urgent that the U.S. government act to #reunify the more than 2,000 children who were cruelly torn away from their parents. #EndFamilyDetention #StopSeparation pic.twitter.com/xCzgYbfDW3
— Skylar Astin (@SkylarAstin) June 24, 2018
And Kerry Kennedy and Frances Fisher.
Joined @DoloresHuerta and actress/activist @Frances_Fisher at the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry in #Tornillo. Empowered & inspired by the energy at today's rally for immigrant families. pic.twitter.com/2PTZ397q8e
— Kerry Kennedy (@KerryKennedyRFK) June 24, 2018
Meanwhile, the Westworld star, Wood, documented her journey with the hashtag #EvaninTexas, sharing photos of her weekend there, delivering supplies and visiting some of the young detainees in McAllen.
A post shared by Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) on Jun 23, 2018 at 2:34pm PDT
A post shared by Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) on Jun 23, 2018 at 11:50pm PDT
A post shared by Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) on Jun 23, 2018 at 11:52pm PDT
Just hung out with some of the families at one of the shelters people are sent to while they are being processed or awaiting deportation. Played with the kids for hours. They were so sweet, insanely smart, and creative. They have obviously been thru a lot and need supplies and medicine. #EvanInTX
A post shared by Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) on Jun 24, 2018 at 9:43am PDT
She also participated in a 24-hour hunger strike to raise awareness about the children who were separated from their families after crossing the U.S. border.
— Tania Chavez (@taniachavez) June 24, 2018
She later delivered a message to haters, saying that the fast wouldn’t do anything to improve the political situation.
Every time someone says the the fast isnt doing anything, they bring attention to the issue,
So thanks for the help guys!!
— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) June 25, 2018
Beats sitting on the couch doing nothing but criticizing others for doing something.
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