INSIDE THE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN TO REUNITE A FAMILY SEPARATED AT THE BORDER 

“In the time she was separated from her children, Gonzalez-Garcia only talked on the phone with them twice. This is in part because of limitations for when calls can be placed in detention, and difficulties connecting with the children’s caseworker. Calls are also prohibitively expensive—Gonzalez-Garcia was only able to call because her family in North Carolina was able to send her some money. The two calls that connected were three minutes each, and on one of them no one was able to speak—the entire family was crying too hard.”

QUEER EYE WILL TALK ABOUT RACE, RELIGION AND GENDER–BUT NOT ABOUT CLASS

“If ‘Queer Eye’ is ‘more than a makeover’” doesn’t that mean that someone at some point should acknowledge the socioeconomic obstacles people face to changing their homes, appearance and lives? Walmart, the site of this couple’s meet cute, is notorious for low wages, poor labor conditions and actively working against unionization. In Georgia, where the show is filmed, 1 in 5 children are living in poverty. A U.N. report released last week concluded that with 40 million people living in poverty, the United States is the most unequal developed nation in the world.”

TRUMP HASN’T ACTUALLY ENDED FAMILY SEPARATION. HERE’S HOW ONE BORDER TOWN IS FIGHTING BACK

“The short- and long-term health consequences of separating children from their parents were confirmed by Dr. Eva Shapiro, a Tucson pediatrician of over 40 years. ‘A parent’s role is to mitigate these dangers,’ Shapiro said. ‘Robbed of that buffer, children are susceptible to learning difficulties, depression, and chronic conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.’ She continued, ‘Officials at the Department of Homeland Security claim they are acting to protect the best interest of minor children, but the White House and Department of Justice have vocally supported the idea of family separation as a deterrent to keep migrant families from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.’”

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