What do witches, zombies, vigilantes, handmaids, secret agents, dead people, time travelers, and teenagers have in common? The creators behind them all believe that "families belong together."
Spurred by the writers of One Day at a Time and Vida, the writing teams from over 70 TV shows have donated to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). The organization posts bail for parents who have been arrested at the border with the goal of reuniting families that have been separated.
Nearly two months ago, the Trump administration instituted a zero tolerance border separation policy for undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers, resulting in 2,500 children being taken from their parents. These children have since been sent to federal shelters all over the country, some of which are being housed in cages in previously unoccupied big box stores.
Child detention centers, including “tender age” shelters for toddlers and infants, have elicited public outcry. Outrage has persisted even after the president’s executive order, which has enabled the administration to detain families together indefinitely and has ultimately been ineffective in addressing separated families. In fact, only six families have been reunited.
We’re living in times that feel eerily akin to the plot of The Handmaid’s Tale, as fundamental rights secured by the Supreme Court seem to suddenly be at risk. Yes, it’s all a bit meta, but it’s also powerful to see so many genre shows proclaiming their support for immigrant rights. Not only have hundreds of protests taken place in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico, as well as several international cities, but also people who write fantasy TV shows are donating money to fight the detention of children in cages by the sitting American president.
The Handmaid’s Tale and Charmed were the first to join the charge to reunite families, which Calderon Kellett confirmed via Tweet.
Shortly thereafter, the writers from iZombie, Arrow, Ghosted, The Good Place, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Roswell New Mexico, People of Earth, Supergirl, Star Trek: Discovery, and many non-genre TV shows showed their commitment to donating to RAICES. Several of these shows have posted photos showing their support.
Writing rooms continue to join the cause using the hashtag #onevidaatatime.