The chorus of voices from the entertainment industry demanding an end to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy and the separation of children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border continues to grow.
On Tuesday, the showrunners of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” and Starz’s “Vida” — both series centered on the lives of Latinx people — announced that they would be “teaming up to end family separation at the border,” “ODAAT’s” Gloria Calderón Kellett wrote on Twitter.
“Vida’s” channel, Starz, also became involved on Thursday, tweeting that it had donated $10,000 to RAICES Texas to support the cause.
“The #OneVidaAtaTime initiative has united our STARZ family and our community,” Starz wrote in the tweet. “We stand with our writers & creators and their efforts to #Keepfamiliestogether.”
The writers rooms of numerous other series across several networks, including “Superstore,” “This Is Us,” “Blindspot,” “DuckTales,” “Lost in Space,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “On My Block,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Riverdale,” have also pledged to donate to end border separation.
Though the Trump administration on Wednesday announced that it would be ending its “zero tolerance” border policy, it did not announce plans to reunite the 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents with their families.
“Vida” EP Tanya Saracho posted on Instagram Tuesday using the hashtag #OneVidaataTime, and challenged “Jane the Virgin” and “Grand Hotel” to join the two shows’ writers rooms in donating to RAICES Texas, an organization that raises funds to post bail for parents arrested at the border. Posts from the @VidaWriters Instagram account and @OUAATwriters Twitter accounts also used the #endfamilyseparation and #keepfamiliestogether hashtags, and encouraged other series to take up the challenge by posing with their writers rooms holding signs protesting border separation.
The family separation issue has been heating up in recent days, with numerous celebrities calling for its end on social media. Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, and Steve Levitan have criticized Fox News for its portrayal of border separation, and some online called for an advertiser boycott after Fox News host Laura Ingraham referred to the child detention camps as like “summer camp.” Tech CEOs including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Google’s Sundar Pichai also added their voices to the outcry.
(Pictured: Gloria Calderón Kellett, left, and Tanya Saracho, right.)
Look at this beautiful writers room!! Join them in the#OneVidaataTime Challenge and donate to @raicestexas to end family separation and deportation! #Repost @gloriakellett @odaatnetflix ・・・ One Day at a Time and Vida are teaming up to end family separation at the border. Donate here to directly support legal services for detained separated parents and funding for their release. #onevidaatatime #keepfamiliestogether https://tinyurl.com/onevida We challenge the writers of @cwjanethevirgin and @grandhotelabc to donate and support detained families reunite #keepfamiliestogether
In just 6 weeks, upon being detained at the border, 1,995 children have been separated from their families and now a tent city has cropped up in Texas built to detain immigrant children. We have to do something. The #vidawriters Room challenges @gloriakellett and the @odaatnetflix Writers Room to take the #OneVidaAtATime Challenge to #keepfamiliestogether & #endfamilyseparation by donating to @raicestexas to directly support legal services for detained separated families, including providing bonds to get parents released from detention so they can re-unite with their children. Will you do it? HERE'S WHAT TO DO: -COLLECTION: Collect donations (any amount will do) from your show’s writers and support staff — and — Get your parent company to match that amount. -DONATE: Make the donation to https://actionnetwork.org/ fundraising/bondfund (link in bio) -POST YOUR CHALLENGE: Post a video or pic of your writers room/staff holding up signs that say either #keepfamiliestogether and/or #endfamilyseparation, challenging another TV writers room.