Demonstrators plan to rally outside Atlanta’s office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as part of a national call to action on Monday at noon, to protest President Donald Trump’s state of emergency.
Trump declared a state of emergency Friday to help get the $8 billion in total funding he sought to build the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. That move came after the deal Congress struck earlier in the week to avoid another government shutdown called for only $1.375 billion, far less than the $5.7 billion he asked Congress for.
The Atlanta rally is organized by Georgia Alliance for Social Justice and partnering organizations: CAIR Georgia, Project South, GLAHR, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, J Street, Indivisible Georgia Coalition, ACLU of Georgia, Refuse Fascism Atl, Necessary Trouble Indivisible, The Immigration Education Project, Community Estrella, Racial Justice Action Center, Women Watch Afrika, Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists. Representatives from these groups will speak at the rally.
“We are convening a coalition of concerned organizations to protest this administration’s unjust and likely illegal emergency declaration,” Janel Green, executive director of Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, said in a news release. “We will protest Trump’s racist immigration policies and the entire concept of the alleged need for billions of dollars to build a wall. We presently have a dozen partners for this action that will center on the voices of our immigrant communities, and the necessity for Georgia’s elected officials in the U.S. Senate to stand up against the dangerous policies of this administration and reject this harmful action.”
The ICE office is located at 180 Ted Turner Drive SW in downtown Atlanta.
For more information on the event, visit https://actionnetwork.org/events/trump-is-a-national-emergency.