Thousands of people gathered Saturday in cities across the nation to protest President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy and its separation and detention of families in ICE facilities.
In Los Angeles, the demonstration drew thousands of people downtown to a main stage where organizers, activists, celebrities and elected officials denounced Trump and ICE's unjust treatment of children and asylum seekers at the border.
Model Chrissy Teigen took the stage with her mother and children to introduce a performance by her husband, Grammy-award winning artist John Legend. "Taboo" of the Black Eyed Peas, actress Laura Dern, and Cher all spoke on-stage about the injustices of Trump's immigration policies.
"Orange is the New Black" actress and trans-rights activist Laverne Cox was joined on stage by members of the Latina Trans Coalition. "Let us not forget that the corporations that own private for-profit prisons also own the privately-owned detention centers," says Cox.
"This connection between the prison industrial complex and our government's latest moral atrocities reminds me that this is all intersectional," Cox says. Cox referenced author and feminist bell hooks by identifying the intersections as "imperialist, white-supremacist, capitalist patriarchy." Her sentiments further ignited the fierce crowd that held signs saying, "Abolish ICE," and "Keep the Immigrants, Deport the Racist."
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is running for governor, and Sen. Kamala Harris showed up as well as Mayor Eric Garcetti, who took to the stage chanting "We are strong!" with the crowd.
"It is time for Los Angeles – it is time for America to take this nation back," says Garcetti who is expected to run for president in 2020.
"I have a message for Donald Trump in Washington, D.C." says Garcetti. "It is time to do your job. Do your job and reunite families. Do your job and end separation, do your job and protect the dreamers," Garcetti says. "Do your job and do comprehensive reform, because guess what? If you don't we're going to find someone who does."
Not everyone feels Garcetti is necessarily fit for that job. Melina Abdullah is a Cal State, LA professor and Black Lives Matter organizer who says the mayor is complicit with President Trump's unjust immigration policy. Not long after Garcetti, Abdullah spoke on behalf of the Black Lives Matter LA chapter.
"When you are the mayor of the second-largest city in the nation and will stand on the stage and condemn Trump, yet allow people who have been separated from their families to be caged just a few blocks away, you are complicit," says Abdullah while pointing toward the LA County Jail.
"When you use the money that we all voted for to house houseless folks, to criminalize and deport them, you are complicit," Abdullah says.
Among the fiercest of speakers at the rally was Rep. Maxine Waters who recently received death threats after urging the community to confront members of the Trump administration about its "zero tolerance" immigration policies.
"I know there are those talking about kicking me out of Congress, talking about shooting me," Waters says. "All I have to say is this: If you shoot me you better shoot straight. There's nothing like a wounded animal."