How The Writers Of Some Of Your Favorite Shows Are Speaking Out Against Border Separation

One network made a generous donation.

There's a powerful initiative spreading across TV writers' rooms, as shows on various networks speak out against the separation of immigrant families at the border. The #OneVidaAtATime campaign was started by the writers of Vida and One Day at a Time, two Latinx-focused series on Starz and Netflix, respectively.

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The writers of both shows posted group photos on social media in which they hold signs reading "Keep Families Together" and "Seeking Asylum is Not Illegal." As the Vida writers explained on Instagram, writers' rooms are challenged to collect donations from writers and support staff, get their network to match the donation, and post an image of the show's writers holding up similar signs. They are then encouraged to challenge another writers' room to keep the movement going.

The shows have provided a link to donate to the RAICES Family Reunification and Bond Fund to help detained immigrant parents pay their bond. RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, is a Texas-based charity that provides free or low-cost legal assistance to immigrants. 

Last week, Deadline reported that Vida's network Starz had donated $10,000 to RAICES one day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end the policy of separating families. According to CNN, more than 2,000 children are still in custody waiting for reunification. Under the Trump administration's newly released plan, families will only be reunited after the completion of parents' deportation proceedings.

"The #OneVidaAtATime initiative has united our STARZ family and our community," Starz wrote on Twitter. "We stand with our writers & creators and their efforts to #KeepFamiliesTogether and proudly support them with a contribution of $10,000 to @raicestexas."

It's been less than a week since Vida and One Day at a Time announced they were teaming up, and writers' rooms across several networks have already joined the challenge — including Riverdale, Orange Is the New Black, Superstore, This Is Us, and How to Get Away With Murder.

A number of entertainment industry figures have made their own donations to support immigrants in recent weeks. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend donated $288,000 to the ACLU for Trump's birthday, while George and Amal Clooney's foundation pledged $100,000 to the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights.

More recently, Jimmy Fallon responded to Donald Trump's tweet about him by donating an unspecified amount to RAICES in the president's name. Meanwhile, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez encouraged her show to reallocate the budget for an Emmys campaign to pay for an undocumented Latinx student to attend Princeton University.

(H/T: Variety)

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