FRAMINGHAM – Between 200 and 300 individuals attended the Framingham Families Belong Together protest today, June 30, in downtown Framingham. It was the largest protest in Massachusetts, after Boston, according to organizers.
The event organized by Nicole Doak, Mary Kate Feeney, and District 7 City Councilor Margareth Shepard, and Dhruba Sen of Welcoming Framingham.
The purpose was to protest the policy to separating children from their families, who are seeking asylum, when they try to cross the border into the United States.
The organizers want Framingham to “stand against the inhumane travesty of family separation at the US border.”
More than 2,000 families have been separated.
One of the last speakers was Angelica Rebeca Gonzalez-Garcia, a Guatemalan seeking asylum in the United States, now living in Framingham. When she tried to cross the border, her daughter and her were separated. She has not seen her daughter since early May.
In attendance at the protest was Mayor Yvonne Spicer, City Councilor Cheryl Tully Stoll, City Councilor George King, District 3 City Counciloro Adam Steiner, District 4 City Councilor Mike Cannon, District 8 City Councilor Judy Grove, and District 9 City Councilor Edgardo Torres.
City Councilors Tully Stoll, Shepard, and Torres spoke.
District 8 School Committee member Gloria Pascual, District 9 School Committee member Tracey Bryant, District 2 School Committee member Ricky Finlay were also in attendance. Pascual and Bryant spoke.
District attorney Marian Ryan and her opponent Donna Patalano were also in attendance.
SOURCE will have s slideshow, videos, and a report on Sunday.