Members of the children’s book industry have launched the “Kid Lit Says No Kids in Cages” campaign to raise funds to oppose family separation immigration policies in the US. The campaign initially started with the goal of $42,000 to purchase a full-page ad in The New York Times Book Review, which it reached within 24 hours, and later extended the goal to $200,000 to be distributed among charities and organizations including the ACLU, Al Otro Lado, The Florence Project, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), RAICES, and the Women’s Refugee Commission.
A joint statement was released, claiming, “We believe the Department of Justice is engaging in practices that should be restricted to the pages of dystopian novels,” and has been signed by over 4,000 people including authors Holly Black, Melissa de la Cruz, Ransom Riggs, Veronica Roth, Rainbow Rowell, Adam Silvera, and Margaret Stohl. As of June 28, 2018, the campaign has raised $187,635.
For more information, see the campaign’s website.
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