Sunday, January 10, 2010

Immigrant Rights Movement Escalates To Protect Communities

For Immediate Release // Excuse Cross Postings // Please Forward

Press Contacts:
Andrea Black (Detention Watch Network) 520-240-3726
Sarahi Uribe (National Day Laborer Organizing Network) 202-285-9673

Immigrant Rights Movement Escalates To Protect Communities

A Telephonic Briefing about direct actions taking place across the country

What: Telephonic briefing to highlight escalated tactics taking place in the month of January to demand that DHS and Janet Napolitano halt enforcement, detention and deportation practices that violate human rights and dignity.

Call-in Number: 1-270-400-2000; Password: 897655

Who: Trail of Dreams, Families For Freedom, Fast For Our Families, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Detention Watch Network, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the New York New Sanctuary Coalition, Puente, Students Working for Equal Rights

When: Monday, January 11th at 3pm EST

The immigrant rights movement has mounted a series of demonstrations to call for immediate action to protect communities and families, raising the stakes on what individuals and organizations are willing to do to bring change and justice to their communities now.

Right now immigrants and their supporters are fasting indefinitely in Florida and across the country, students are marching over a 1,000 miles to Washington DC, terrorized communities are organizing a massive march in Maricopa County, Arizona, and clergy and community activists have been arrested in acts of civil disobedience in New York to free Jean Montrevil, an immigrant rights leader.

These actions share a common goal: immigrant rights groups are moving hard and fast to pressure Napolitano and DHS to respect the rights of immigrants and people of color, and stop destroying communities and separating families with immigration raids, detention and deportations.

Janet Napolitano does not need Congress to stop Sheriff Arpaio from targeting Latinos in Maricopa county. She does not need Congress to free Jean Montrevil and allow him to remain with his four U.S. citizen children, nor does she need Congress to suspend the deportations that tear apart communities and families. All that needs to change is the will of Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security to respect fundamental due process and human rights.


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