Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) From Hand in Hand:
- What do I need to know/ how do I prepare for all scenarios?
- Try to have a member of your group go and scope out the office in the days leading up to your action. Look for likely spaces to gather, where good photos can be taken, how many barriers there are to the office, good meeting spots nearby, etc.
- For some offices you can try to get an appointment in advance. Even if the appointment is only for a couple of people, a great action is to bring *everyone* and then refuse to leave until they decide to act to protect families. (And until they make clear if you don’t leave you could get arrested)
- What if we aren’t let in the office or building?
- If you are blocked from the office you can set up in the hallway, lobby or in front of the building. Bring things that take up space—pack and plays, strollers, etc. Here’s some information about your right to protest from the ACLU.
- Set up shop in the hall! Find a space nearby and use Twitter to contact the person whose office you’re not allowed into. Have others do the same.
- How do long we stay?
- This is up to you. We recommend staying as long as possible. The more time you spend there, the harder it is for them to do their work – which is a win for us and demonstrates the commitment and seriousness of this issue.
- If you are planning to get arrested, let us know and make sure you have adequate legal support.
- When you leave, have a plan for how you will leave as a group with a statement. Know what the exit plan is – what does the end look like that will feel empowering. Agree to a plan ahead of time. We recommend: standing together and singing a song like “We shall not be moved” as you leave.
- How do I prepare my kids for this action?
- Talk to them in a way that is appropriate for their age. You can share stories about immigration and talk about their experiences being separated from their parents and caregivers.
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