Save your dead Mothers’ Day flowers. Send them to Jeff Sessions

By Ashley Houghton, Tactical Campaigns Manager — ‎Amnesty International USA

Last week, Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions, along with other Trump Administration officials, vowed to separate children from parents who are caught crossing the southern border. This latest extreme policy announcement adds yet another note to AG Sessions’ already appalling record against human rights. This vow is a cartoon-villain level of cruelty. It tears asylum-seeking families apart when they are vulnerable. Their crime? Seeking safety and security.

This weekend, many of you sent flowers to your mothers, grandmothers, aunts and friends as a sign of love and appreciation Maybe you received flowers for Mother’s Day, reading this blog post with them nearby.

Over the next few days, those flowers will start to wilt and you may be tempted to throw them away. Instead of throwing them away, we want you to send them to AG Sessions.

His plan is an attack on mothers everywhere. It also flies in the face of international human rights protections.

It is garbage… and deserves garbage in return.

How to send dead flowers:

1) Take a photo of the dead bouquet or yourself holding the flowers and share on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter with the hashtag #FlowersForSessions, tagging @TheJusticeDept. Tell Sessions to stop separating children from their families.

2) If you don’t use social media but are comfortable with us promoting your photo on our own channels, send a photo of yourself with dead flowers to refugees@aiusa.org.

3) Place the dead flowers in a box.

4) Ship the box with the dead flowers to the following address:

Attorney General Sessions

U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530–0001

Send flowers like these. (But keep the vase.)

If you don’t want to pay postage for a full box, feel free to send a strongly worded letter and slip in a moldy tulip, lily, or whatever decaying flower(s) you might have on hand. Make sure you take a photo while doing it and share using the hashtag #FlowersForSessions. We’ll promote photos by members from our social media accounts.

Also, if you didn’t receive Mothers’ Day flowers but want to send some anyway, try reaching out to your local florist or supermarket. They’re likely to have leftover flowers at a low price and might even have some in the trash to donate to the effort.

If you want to read more about these cruel policies, visit previous blog posts here:

- What is Jeff Sessions really doing?

- Five outrageous ways ICE separates families

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