By Debbie Ramos and Natalie DeVito
On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, I rushed out of work early to join Natalie DeVito, another SIWWM member and one of the lead coordinators for the Close the Camps Protest in front of Congressman Max Rose’s Office. Natalie and I couldn’t get over the oppressive heat of the day and what refugees across the country must be feeling in these camps.
Under the threat of rain clouds, we joined other members of Staten Island and Brooklyn’s coalition of partners protesting outside of Representative Max Rose’s office to demand he take action to close the detention camps, reunite families, block funding for family detention and personally visit these camps. The event was sponsored by many organizations including Staten Island Women Who March, AAANY, Above Ground Railroad SI/BK, Action Corps, Bay Ridge for Social Justice, Dream Action Coalition, El Centro del Immigrante, Fight Back Bay Ridge, La Colmena, NY Immigration Coalition, NYS Immigration Action Fund, Peace Action SI, South Brooklyn DSA, South Brooklyn Progressive Resistance, Staten Island Immigrants Council, United Arab Women, Yalla Brooklyn and Yemeni American Merchants Association.