#DefundHate My Day of Vigil at Homestead

Written by Maggie MacDonald:

These past two and a half years, each morning as I put on my safety pin, the anti-Brexit symbol for support of immigrants, I ask myself what I can do to resist the current regime in the US. Going to Homestead to protest at the for-profit detention camp for children was an obvious answer.

With Indivisible Gainesville I participated in the Lights for Liberty vigil on July 12, 2019. In my T-Shirt with a big heart reading “Los queremos” I joined others from the Gainesville/Ocala area, and well over 1,000 people in attendance from across the country, to call attention to the travesty that is Trump’s immigration policy.

The cruelty of holding children beyond the legal limit—a limit Trump is trying to remove—is unfathomable. The damage that has been done through their separation from family, their isolation, and their maltreatment will have repercussions for the rest of their lives.

At the vigil we listened to inspirational speakers, held our signs high, and joined in condemning an administration that knows no limits to the cruelty that it can inflict on innocent people fleeing their homeland, a homeland that the US has had a historical role in destroying.

Whether or not we influenced the closing of the Homestead facility we may never know, and recent articles suggest it may reopen this fall. Nevertheless, we were able to join with others to shine a spotlight on some of the atrocities committed by this administration.

My sign held a single word, SHAME!



Congress comes back from recess this week and needs to pass another government spending bill by Sept. 30. 

We need those who cherish Democracy to use their power and demand that the next funding bill contains cuts to ICE and CBP, and strict guardrails to ensure that money isn’t misused.

By Defunding Hate, we can finally begin to undo the damage that has come as a result of decades of treating immigration like a security problem, and demonstrate that we stand with immigrants – not just with words but with actions.

All week we will be asking our members to amplify the #DefundHate message. More information (including a number of helpful articles) can be found by clicking here.

National MoC Call-in Days: Mon, Sept. 9 and Wed, Sept. 11

Contact all of our members of Congress

Dial 1-844-332-6361 and follow the instructions to connect you with your Member of Congress. For a sample script, click here (although this number will provide you with talking points.) 

Here is what we are asking:

  • Cut funding for ICE and CBP
  • Remove Slush fund for ICE in sections 228(b) (1)-(5)
  • Keep language barring ICE from stealing money from other agencies

In addition to Rep. Yoho and Sens. Rubio and Scott, it is suggested that Floridians call the two Democrat representatives who sit on the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives: Reps. Charlie Crist and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, both of whom voted to provide additional funds to ICE earlier this summer. 

Get your social media friends into the action as well! Once you have made your calls, share the following image:


Encourage your social media friends (at least five) to:  

  • Text Defund Hate to 977-79   
  • Hashtag #DefundHate on all social media posts
  • Tag other groups, local politicians, local media with the same MoCs
  • Share videos/photos of friends/constituents making their calls on social media

Uplift #DefundHate Coalition Partners: Tuesday,  Sept. 10

Goal: Elevate the messages and voices of parties and allies within the coalition, and build a wave of support.

Hop on Twitter to retweet and engage with posts with the #DefundHate hashtag from partners like:



#Defund Hate Postcard Writing: Thur, Sept. 12, 7-8PM

Pride Community Center
3131 NW 13th St. 
Gainesville, FL 32609

Funding for immigration enforcement has exploded under Trump, and his administration has used this money to separate, cage, and tear gas families, and to terrorize communities. 

We will be composing postcards to our Senators, our Reps and our Reps on the House Appropriations Committee because we care about ending Trump’s racist immigration policies! We will urge them to cut funding for ICE and CBP in the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, and get rid of the slush fund that will allow ICE to continue terrorizing immigrant communities!


#DefundHate Corner Protest: Fri, Sept. 13, 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Join friends and members of Indivisible Gainesville to cap off the #DefundHate week of action at the intersection of NW 43rd Street and NW 23rd Avenue (the NE/Fresh Market corner) from 4:30 to 6:00pm to protest the Trump Administration’s inhumane border policies. 

We must demand that our representatives in Congress hear us when we say #DefundHate, so bring your signs and your passion. We will see you there!



An Open Letter to Congressman Ted Yoho Concerning the Mueller Report


(Please note: a different version of this piece originally appeared in the Gainesville Sun.)

Congressman Yoho,

The Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election that Robert Mueller submitted to the Department of Justice made a point to underscore the fact that it was not exonerating President Trump from obstruction of justice. It stated on page 182 of Volume II: “[If] we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.”

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