Hundreds of women gathered in Washington, D.C. on Thursday to drive one message home: “We care.”
Organized by the Women’s March, protesters hit the streets in a “mass civil disobedience” to denounce President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which separated over 2,400 children (many of whom have yet to be reunited with their families) at the border.
According to USA Today, protesters gathered for a two-mile march that took them past the Trump International Hotel, Department of Justice, and into the Hart Senate Office Building, where women in white sat down to block entry to the building.
In addition to denouncing the conditions at immigrant detention centers and calling for the abolition of ICE, women also responded to Melania Trump’s “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” jacket by splashing “We Care” across their hands and various signs. Others read, “Abolish ICE” and “Where are the children?” Celebrities including Susan Sarandon were among the group of protestors.
Illinois State Senator Tammy Duckworth, the first woman with disabilities elected to Congress, also brought her infant to the demonstrations. She was joined by senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Ed Markey (D-MA). Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), was also among the hundreds of women arrested on Thursday.
“I could only imagine what it would be like to have my daughter—my breastfeeding child—ripped away from me the way some of these other moms’ babies have been,” Duckworth reportedly said.
"We're here to show solidarity with all the mothers who have been separated from their children, and this is because we want to make sure families are reunited," Luba Cortes, a coordinator with immigrant deference organization Make the Road NY, reportedly said. "ICE is a rogue agency, and we don't want it to continue this way, so we also want to abolish ICE."
According to organizers, 630 arrests were made.
The Women’s March announced its plans for the last week and held training meetings in the days leading up to it. A protest against Trump’s immigrations policy is planned for Saturday in Washington, D.C.; satellite rallies are also scheduled to take place across the country.