A guerrilla art installation began showing up all over New York City today. Small cages with sculpted children, under thin foil blankets, with audio of real children crying appeared in a variety of spots around NYC Wednesday morning. On the cages, the hashtag #NoKidsInCages. Organized by a Texas-based non-profit legal service for immigrants, RAICES, the installations are making a big statement in one of America’s most powerful cities.
Guerrilla installations popped up early this morning in NYC as protest to the more than 3000 children separated from their parents at the border. This is not history. This is happening now. #NoKidsInCages is about the children. We cannot be a nation that separates families. pic.twitter.com/hiobgLftl4
— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) June 12, 2019
New York City’s WPIX11 reports that there are 24 installations in total, at heavily trafficked locations and tourist destination spots like Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Natural history museum, as well as in front of big media outlets like CNN, Fox News, Newsweek, Vice, and more.
— Matthew Earle Scott (@MatthewEarle) June 12, 2019
— John Castrillon (@castrillon_john) June 12, 2019
The New York Police department has begun pulling down the permit-less installations because it’s pretty offensive to have little kids in cages, where anyone can see.
Seen in front of Barclays in Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/aaF24Oyitd
— Sam Seder (@SamSeder) June 12, 2019
Now, if those were actual real immigrant children and not just sculptures it would be a national policy.