On Independence Day, hundreds of educators marched to a shelter for unaccompanied or separated migrant children, chanting calls for freedom.
The protesters are delegates to the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers’ union. The NEA is holding its annual representative assembly here July 4-7. But the protest was not sanctioned by the NEA—it was a grassroots march organized by educators, who were horrified to learn their convention was blocks away from a facility for immigrant youth.
“The experiences these children are going through are going to scar them for life,” said Gladys Márquez, a Chicago-area high school teacher of English-language learners and the chair of the national union’s Hispanic Caucus, who helped organize the march. “As educators, we know that that will impact everything,