20+ of the Most Powerful Protest Signs From the ‘Families Belong Together’ Rallies

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, tens of thousands of people from across the US gathered to march in protest of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Called the “Families Belong Together” march, it centered around the “zero tolerance” policy that has forced more than 2,000 immigrant children to separate from their parents. In many cases, this has meant that infants have been removed from their mothers (a decision that aside from being cruel, can be medically dangerous). Unable to stay silent, protesters took to the streets in places large and small.

Like other marches we’ve seen during Trump’s tenure, there were passionate people carrying powerful signs that amplified their message. The point made the most often is that separating families at the border is not only inhumane but that this is the worst of history repeating itself, with comparisons to internment camps. “Our very soul is at stake,” John Fife, a human rights activist told a crowd at a protest in Nogales, Arizona—one of the main entry points between the US and Mexico. “We are going to stay and march and walk and resist until the soul of this nation is restored.”

We’ve selected some of the most powerful and clever protest signs from the Families Belong Together march. Many are tragic but some manage to weave pop culture references into a truly devastating situation. Check them out, below.

On June 30, people from across the US participated in the Families Belong Together march that protested the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Here are some of the best, most powerful signs.

Families Belong Together Protest March Signs

Angelenos in the march from Karl_Sonnenberg / Shutterstock.com

Families Belong Together Protest March Signs

Sign from the rally in Los Angeles from Karl_Sonnenberg / Shutterstock.com

Families Belong Together Protest March Signs

Protest sign in Minneapolis from Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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