The crisis around family separation at the border continues, even after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end the policy on June 20. Almost 2,000 Central American families have been torn apart and have yet to be reunited. Activists continue to fight the crisis in as many ways as they can, and as the battle continues, musicians are joining the cause.
On Saturday, June 30 at 7 a.m., rapper Kap G attended a vigil in his home of Atlanta, Georgia to show support for the families and children separated at the border. Isabel González Whitaker, a former deputy editor at Billboard, organized the vigil with support from the Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta and the Latino Community Fund of Georgia. The vigil took place at Sara J. González Memorial Park, a community space created in tribute to Gonzalez-Whitaker’s mother, who was Cuban and an advocate for immigrant and Latino rights throughout her life.
On Instagram, Kap G reposted a fan’s comment about his appearance at the vigil. “Pretty cool to see Mexican-American rapper Kap G show up to a Stop Separating Families vigil in Atlanta. He knows he has a responsibility with his influence and he shows up,” wrote Irvin Camacho. González also showed support for Kap’s presence on Twitter, “It was an honor to have him there and to see his belief in the community in action.”
As a child of Mexican immigrants, Kap G has previously used his platform to bring attention to immigration issues. He recently spoke on The Red Pill podcast about facing deportation in his youth.
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— isabel gonzález whitaker (@isabelcgonzalez) July 5, 2018
Gracias @therealkapg @katnarvaez @elricardomiguel for coming out at sunrise to support the children and families at the border and those impacted closer to home. The prayer vigil was a huge success as we honored courage, families, innocence, resilience, love, faith and hope with beautiful sermons and gospel across all faiths. Prayers go up up up and will continue to do so and from the #sarajgonzalezmemorialpark as needed. ❤️ cc @gigipedrazam #familiesbelongtogether