'One Day at a Time' and 'Vida' Writers Challenge Other Show Staffs to Help Families Separated at Border

The writing teams behind Netflix's One Day at a Time and Starz's Vida have joined forces and are donating to RAICES Family Reunification and Bond Fund to fight against the Trump administration's policy that separates immigrant families. The organization raises money to reunite families by posting bail for parents that have been arrested at the border.

One Day at a Time and Vida are teaming up to end family separation at the border,” wrote One Day at a Time executive producer Gloria Kellett in a tweet on Tuesday (June 19). The post includes a link to the organization, as well as a photo of the writers holding signs that protest the policy. "Donate here to directly support legal services for detained separated parents and funding for their release. #onevidaatatime #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,” Vida executive producer Tanya Saracho said in an separate Instagram post. "We have to do something."

 

#Repost @vidawriters ・・・ 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 -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.

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The teams urged other Latinx shows including Jane the Virgin and Grand Hotel to donate.

Later on Wednesday, Kellett tweeted that writing rooms for Hulu's A Handmaid's Tale, Netflix's Mr. Iglesias, On My Block and Tijuana, ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, USA Network's Queen of the South, FX's Mayans MC and The CW's Charmed had joined the pledge.

The CW's Arrow and iZombie also shared photos accepting the challenge, and Starz's Counterpart also tweeted, We accept your challenge @vidawriters @vida_starz & @onedayatatime!"

Coco director Lee Unkirch wrote on Twitter that he also plans to fight against the policy.  "I believe that #FamiliesBelongTogether," he wrote."I stand with immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees, and will do all I can to #resist the family separation policy."

Later Wednesday, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom posted the below statement to Twitter, indicating that more than 20 shows had taken up the cause. She and the undersigned writers urged people to donate to the RAICES bond fund.

"TV writers stand against family separation. We all have a story to tell. This should not be one of them," Bloom wrote. "In solidarity, the writers of: One Day at a Time, Vida, Grey's Anatomy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Blackish, The Goldbergs, Insecure, The Chi, You're the Worst, Jane the Virgin, The Originals, People of Earth, Liza on Demand, Ghosted, The Good Place, Single Parents, Roswell New Mexico, New Warriors, Whiskey Cavalier, Watchmen, Castle Rock, Good Trouble, Bob's Burgers, Life in Pieces, A Million Little Things, Little America, Suits, Grace & Frankie, please join in donating."

Later on Wednesday, the Twitter accounts for Legends of Tomorrow ,Grand Hotel, Riverdale, On My Block, and Marlon also joined in the cause.

The writing staff of Sweetbitter announced on Thursday that they had taken up the cause. Later on Thursday, the Twitter accounts for Superstore, Blindspot, Duck Tales, Lost in Space, Queen Sugar, Charmed and13 Reasons Why announced their involvement, while the showrunners of Glow took to Twitter on Friday to show their support.

Following the donation efforts, Starz tweeted Thursday that they stand with their writers and creators, revealing that they donated $10,000 to RAICES. 

Lionsgate TV and the producers of the Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black also announced that they would be donated to the initiative, tweeting Monday that they would donate $10,000. 

June 20, 2:21 p.m. This story has been updated with Rachel Bloom's tweet, indicating support from additional TV shows.

June 21, 5:07 p.m. This story has been updated with Starz Network's tweet, indicating support and donation. 

June 25, 3:48 p.m. This story has been updated with Lionsgate TV tweet, indicating support and donation.