So what's with the depressing pictures?
Welcome, yeah, it's a thing. I'm painting a new quote from a person detained at the border each day until this nightmare ends. Come join me. What can you do if you agree this sucks? (From easiest to hardest):
1. Follow me and share them. None of this matters if it doesn't help people get informed and stay focused. The more places this shows up on the internet the better. They're counting on us losing focus. Don't lose focus.
2. Call the white house, your reps, write to them, drive them crazy so it's clear that we have not forgotten, and they won't be excused for their inaction. People are literally dying because this administration refuses to accept legal asylum seekers and release them to family
3. Do art with me. The quotes come from declarations from people detained, and they can all be found here (amplifythechildren.org/declarations) Choose one, add a picture/drawing/selfie/sticky note and share it.
Whatever you do, it's most important that you do something EVERY DAY. Don't lose sight of this. They are counting on getting away with it because it falls out of our focus. It's our responsibility for that not to happen.
Day 1: There are no activities, only crying”

-15 year old detained in Texas.
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou #ArtasActivism
Day 2: “We sleep on a cement bench”

-8 year old detained in TX
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou #ArtasActivism
Day 3: “They leave babies, even little babies of two to three months, sleeping on the cold floor”

-pregnant detained 17 year old in TX.
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou #ArtasActivism
Day 4: “It is very sad here. We all want to leave.”

-12 year old from Guatemala held in Clint, TX.
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou #ArtasActivism
Day 5: “It’s difficult for me to care for my sisters here. It’s hard because they are very hungry”
-12 year old from Ecuador, speaking of her 8 and 4 year old sisters.
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou #ArtasActivism
Day 6: “One of the officers makes fun of those who cry”
-Salvadoran teen whose life was threatened by a local gang.
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou #ArtasActivism
Day 7: “The conditions within which they are held could be compared to torture facilities.”
-Dolly Lucio Sevier, MD, pediatrician who treated children held at Ursula Border Processing Center in McAllen, TX
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou
Day 8: “I want to leave this place with my sisters as quickly as possible. Children should not be here.”
-12 year old from Ecuador held in Clint, TX
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou #ArtasActivism
Day 9: “I have not been told how long I have to stay here. I am frightened, scared and sad.”
-J, 5 year old from Honduras who was separated from his father at the border.
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou #ArtasActivism
Day 10: “It is always cold in the cage. They took my nephew’s clothes when we arrived at Ursula because they were wet, and gave him a t-shirt, which is not enough to keep him warm.”
-E, Guatemala, speaking of his 8 year old nephew. #DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow
Day 11: “Nobody takes care of us here. I try to take care of my little brother and sister since no one will take care of them...Some kids are only two or three years old and they have no one to take care of them.”
-K from Ecuador, 11, speaking of his 9 and 7 year old siblings.
Day 12: “Every night my sisters keep asking me, ‘When will our mommy come get us?’
I don’t know what to tell them.”
-M, 12, from Ecuador speaking of her 8 and 4 year old sisters.
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou #ArtasActivism
Day 13: “I have to take care of many of the other children who are sad and cry. I do my best to help other children who are sad.”
-W, 12, from Guatemala on taking care of his 4 year old developmentally delayed brother
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow
Day 14: “The facility is locked. I cannot leave. I was warned that I would get in trouble. One of the other teen boys got into trouble, and we were told that he was taken to the freezer box, hieleras, as punishment.”
-U, Teenager who fled violence in El Salvador
Day 15: "We were not allowed to shower while we were there. The toilets were very dirty. Sometimes there was toilet paper but sometimes there was not. There was not usually water for us to wash our hands.”
-Josselin, 13, Honduras
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow
Day 16: “The female guards were yelling at the mothers separated from their children not to look at their children in the separate cages. The female guards told the mothers and children that they would be punished for looking at each other.”
-Lydia, 22, El Salvador w/her 4 yo
Day 17: “My daughter began to cry when I was taken away to another room. When she walked over to the closest fence...the official yelled at my daughter and said, ‘What do you think you are doing over here? Do you want to get yourself deported right now?!’"
-Dilsia from Honduras
Day 18: “He said that we were going to sleep on the floor. He said it was punishment for losing the combs. What he said was true. We all slept in the hard tile floor last night.”
-G, 7 years old, from El Salvador.
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow #ArtasActivism
Day 19: “I left El Salvador because I received death threats because I am gay. The same people who threatened me beat one of my transsexual friends to death. I was scared they also would beat me to death and would harm my daughter.”
-Ana, 27, speaking of herself and her six yo
Day 20:“My son is badly traumatized...He wonders when we will get to the United States. I do not tell him that we are already here. He wouldn’t believe that the United States would treat us this way.”
-Mayra, 29 of her 9 yo son
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow
Day 21: “I do not understand why but whenever I would try to fall asleep a police would come and kick me in the feet to wake me up. Once I would wake up they would walk away.”
-Josselin, 13, Honduras
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou
Day 22: “The female guards yelled at my daughter a lot, called her names and made fun of her and the other children...They also called the children filthy...[they] made my daughter and the other girls strip naked in front of them and ogled the girls before their showers.”
Day 23: “The female guards made me and the other girls strip naked in front of them and leered at us before their showers. It was very uncomfortable and caused me a lot of anxiety.”
-Keylin, 16, Daise’s daughter (from yesterday)
#NeverAgainIsNow #ArtAsActivism #DontLookAway
Day 22 postcard-
Day 20 postcard-
Day 21 postcard -
Day 14 postcard-
Day 7 postcard -
Welp, 22/23 isn't bad 😂

Here's day 10's actual painting
Day 11's postcard-
Day 13 postcard -
Day 19 post card -
Day 18 post card -
Day 16 postcard -
Day 15 postcard -
Day 24 “There was water in the cell...It tasted funny, like chlorine, like it came from a pool. I only drank from it twice because I didn’t trust it. I don’t think people really believed that water was clean.”
-Justin, 13, El Salvador
#DontLookAway #ClosetheCamps #NeverAgainIsNow
Day 23 postcard -
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum Day 25: "My son and the other children [were not able] to eat the food so they were always hungry. Some of the officials there would not feed the children if they were sleeping, so some children had to skip meals.”
-Cristobal, adult fleeing Guatemala with his 7 yo.
#DontLookAway
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren Day 26: “The cold was unbearable. My son is still suffering from a terrible cough and cold from how cold the dog house was those 4 nights.”
-Delmis, adult, fleeing political persecution in Honduras with her 9 yo daughter and 2 yo son
#NeverAgainIsNow #DontLookAway
#ArtAsActivism
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx Day 27: “Later that day, I saw officials leading my son somewhere. I asked where they were taking him, but they would not tell me. For 24 hours I had no idea where he was or if he was ok. I was devastated.” -Ruth, fleeing gang violence in Honduras with her 7 yo son #CloseTheCamps
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine **TRIGGER WARNING- CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT**
Day 29: “How is it possible that my son was suffering these things? My son is little and couldn’t defend himself.”
-Guatemalan father separated from his 7 yo, in a pending lawsuit over his child being assaulted while in a US care facility
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 Day 31: “I’m separated from my mother and father. That really wears me down and weighs on my soul.”
-Timofei (from yesterday), 16, fleeing religious persecution in Russia. No one else detained with him speaks Russian
#DontLookAway #NeverAgainIsNow #CloseTheCamps #ArtasActivism
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 Day 32: “I was once chased down and assaulted by the Maras [gang] and was knocked unconscious and my daughter suffered an attempted kidnapping by the Maras.” -Lourdes, Honduras, speaking of her 5 year old.
#DontLookAway #NeverAgainIsNow #CloseTheCamps #ArtasActivism
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 Day 35: “I know I’m not from this country, but why am I treated like this? We’re not animals. I can’t bear it anymore.”
-J, adult trans woman from Honduras who has been held in a men’s detention center in Louisiana for 7 months.
Source: #NeverAgainIsNow
Alt Text: Purple abstract image with white vertical bars. Text: "There are no activities, only crying."
Alt Text: Image of a gray cement bench with the words "We sleep on a cement bench" written in the shape of the bench.
Alt text: Drawing of a latinx infant sleeping. Text, in red and pink: "They leave babies, even little babies of two to three months, sleeping on the cold floor”
Alt text: blue, gray and black check box abstract pattern. Text: “It is very sad here. We all want to leave.”
Alt text: Painting of a faded American flag with tears instead of stars, stripes are bleeding over into one another and down below the flag. Text: “It’s difficult for me to care for my sisters here. It’s hard because they are very hungry”
Alt text: Painting of the Statue of Liberty in blues, tears on her face. text written on robe: “One of the officers makes fun of those who cry”
Alt text: Low detail painting of the white house with part of the lawn out front. Image text: “The conditions within which they are held could be compared to torture facilities.”
Alt text: painting of a brown stuffed dog sitting on a street railing. Text written into the black railing: "Children should not be here."
Alt text: green and blue partially abstract city scape painting with empire state building in the background. Text says "I am frightened, scared an sad. -J, 5 years"
Alt text: green and gray painting of a bubble frozen on the mouth of a glass jar. Snowflakes are forming on the surface of the bubble obscuring the view of the trees behind. Text: "It is always cold in the cage"
Alt text: slightly abstract painting of a single red thistle flower with sun flares. Text says "Nobody takes care of us here."
Alt text: painting of a lake during sunrise with pinks and greens, trees reflected from the other side. Text says "Every night my sisters keep asking me, ‘When will our mommy come get us?’
I don’t know what to tell them.”
Alt text: Painting of a starry blue sky with mountains and trees in silhouette in the foreground. Text says "I do my best to help other children who are sad."
Alt text: Painting of blue, white and black sheets of ice over water with speckles of snow covering them and different thickness of ice. Text says "The facility is locked. I cannot leave. I was warned that I would get in trouble."
Alt text: Abstract painting in blue, green and pink of variations of organic shapes and water bubbles. Text says, "There was not usually water for us to wash our hands."
Alt text: Painting of white, gray and pink flowers in subtle colors. stylized text in black says: “The female guards were yelling at the mothers separated from their children not to look at their children in the separate cages."
Alt text:1/2: Painting of a green palm frond zoomed in in mainly green, dark green and blue-green. In three panels. Text says “My daughter began to cry when I was taken away to another room. When she walked over to the closest fence...the official yelled at my daughter and said
Alt text 2/2: ‘What do you think you are doing over here? Do you want to get yourself deported right now?!’"
Alt text: 1 of 2: Painting of blue mountains under night sky with crescent moon and stars. Text written on foreground dark blue mountain: “He said that we were going to sleep on the floor. He said it was punishment for losing the combs.
Alt text: 2 of 2: "What he said was true. We all slept in the hard tile floor last night.”
Day 19 image alt text: abstract painting in reds, yellows and browns. Large oil circles in water, with small dark colored bubbles in them.
Day 20 image alt text: Half of a painted American flag in dark colors with text making up the other side of the flag, spelling out the quote above.
Day 21 image alt text: Closeup painting of a green leaf with a wavy pattern.
Day 22 image alt text: sand dollar sitting on a red beach with marks in the sand from the waves.
Day 23 image alt text: painting blade of grass with a single drop of water in focus showing a reflection of a large white flower in the background, blurry and out of focus with a green background.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum Day 24 image alt text: A close up red, white and black painting of a red rose with water droplets on the petals.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren Day 25 image alt text: a painting of a single brown acorn sitting on gravel with grass growing beside it and an abstract, green background.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx Day 26 image alt text: a mostly white watercolor painting with small, deep red flowers on a branch, a single petal falling from one of the blossoms.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether Day 27 image alt text: a painting of a pinkish orange rose close up that is much less interesting than the red one, but it was a long day of work before I painted it.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine Day 28 image alt text: two in progress images of sketched close-up feathers, background feathers in blue and gray shading added, and a completed watercolor of blue, green, teal and dark blue close up parrot wing and tail feathers.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 Day 29 image alt text: First image is a stand up sign warning of triggering content. Second image is a painting of a small, scruffy baby bird standing on the beach next to shells with the open beach around and behind it
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 Image 30 alt text: a green background and foreground with a partially obscured child's face with freckles, piercing green eyes, out of focus hair, and a mouth and nose covered by the foreground blurry leaves.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 Image 31 alt text: a painting of yellow, orange and brown oil and water abstract bubbles, because I like circles and also sometimes I'm tired when I get home from work.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 Image 32 alt text: Watercolor painting of a pink flamingo leaning over and preening its wing feathers with its beak, with pink out of focus feathers in the background. It's eye looks kinda upside down, although I'm not entirely certain why, because it didn't in the source photo.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 Image 33 alt text: red and black painting of a close up dark red flower with open petals and a solid black background. I think it may be a red lily of some sort? I'm not really the best at identifying plants and flowers.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 Image 34 alt text: painting of one green and yellow and one orange and red fallen leaf floating mostly on top of white reflected water with a strong shadow beneath.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 Image 35 alt text: A yellow, orange and black tigress in sharp contrast staring at the top of the page with a black background around her.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 @Lin_Manuel @Oprah @Alyssa_Milano Image 37 alt text: a slightly abstract or impressionist painting in browns and yellows of outdoor string lights hanging near trees over an empty wooden bench.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 @Lin_Manuel @Oprah @Alyssa_Milano Day 38: “I was taken to court. They shackled my hands and feet and put me on a bus...for two hours. I still did not know where my son was and was terrified.”
-Ruth and her 7 year old son, Honduras
#ArtAsResistance #NeverAgainIsNow #CloseTheCamps #AmplifytheChildren #DontLookAway
Day 38 image alt text: Three pictures of the same painting, the first one with the right side in progress, the second with the beginning of the left side complete and finally the finished painting of sand dunes in orange, yellow and brown. The closest ones are shadowed and dark.
@RAICESTEXAS @ACLUTx @NILC @immcouncil @NatImmForum @lawyer_moms @JulianCastro @ewarren @lawyer_moms_va @JoaquinCastrotx @childrightsprof @PapersforKids @ImmFamTogether @AOC @ACLU @MarkWarner @timkaine @AP_News @projectamplify1 @Lin_Manuel @Oprah @Alyssa_Milano Day 39: “When I left, my dad wasn’t with me. They told me not to worry, that he would be coming in a moment. I went in the car and felt very relieved and happy, that he would follow. But it wasn’t like that. He didn’t come. I haven’t seen him since then.”
-Sergio, 17, Guatemala
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