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We Belong Together Commends Courageous Protest and Civil Disobedience in Front of White House Demanding a Stop to Deportations

Yesterday, twelve people were arrested after sitting in front of the White House with arms locked, holding banners that read "Stop Deportations NOW" and "Keep Families Together." This act of civil disobedience, to demand that the Obama administration take action to stop the epidemic of deportations, was supported by a crowd of 1,200 people, including members of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, National People's Action, and We Belong Together.

Rep. Gutiérrez on CHC Meeting with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

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April 9, 2014

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Cross posted from the office of Representative Gutierrez.
Please contact Leslie Patterson:
leslie@berlinrosen.com, 646-200-5326, for We Belong Together Press inquiries.

“We opened a new front today in the fight to protect American families,” – Rep. Gutiérrez

Washington, DC – This morning, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) participated in a meeting hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the U.S. Capitol with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. At the meeting, Secretary Johnson was formally presented with the six page memo from the CHC that outlines measures the Obama Administration can take under current law to protect some immigrants and their families from deportation. The off-the-record meeting with the Secretary lasted about an hour and afterwards, Rep. Gutiérrez issued the following statement:

Congressional Women Leaders Visit “Women’s Fast for Families”

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April 8, 2014

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Matt Lee
(202) 225-1766

Call for House Vote on Bipartisan Immigration Reform Legislation

Washington, DC – Today, women leaders in Congress visited the “Women’s Fast for Families” on the National Mall and met with the more than 100 courageous women who are fasting for 48 hours to protest the Republican Leadership’s failure to bring HR 15, a bipartisan immigration reform bill, to the House floor for a vote. This event is the culmination of a month of fasts and other activities held across the country to highlight the impact of our broken immigration system on women and emphasize the urgent need for reform.

Why I’m Joining the Women’s Fast for Families and Immigration Reform

Author: 
Elianne Ramos
Source: 
BlogHer

As far as immigration stories go, my personal one could be considered commonplace, perhaps even a bit boring: Almost forty years ago, my parents decided that the life they had built back in my native Dominican Republic did not match the ideals they had for their three young daughters. Leaving all behind, they packed up a few possessions, their hopes and aspirations for our future in a couple of suitcases. Lucky for them, they were given the legal right to make an honorable living in America. Yet, millions of families today are not as lucky.

Immigration Activists Escalate Deportation Fight: 'Not One More'

Author: 
Elise Foley
Source: 
Huffington Post

[E]fforts targeting Congress are continuing as well. The group We Belong Together is holding a 48-hour fast on the National Mall next week, with 100 women expected to attend from around the country. They'll get support from nearly a dozen female members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to the organization.

Read the whole article at huffingtonpost.com

Washington’s Top Bi-Partisan Immigration Decision Makers Meet with 100 Women Fasters

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April 8, 2014

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Leslie Patterson, 646-200-5326
leslie@berlinrosen.com

Women more determined than ever to pressure leaders to pass immigration reform and stop deportations

[Washington, DC] – A day without food has only increased the determination of the 100 women who arrived yesterday morning to start a 48-hour fast to show the kind of courage federal leaders must find to move immigration reform and stop deportations. Today, fasters—including those who current face deportation themselves—will meet with the Department of Homeland Security as well as additional members of Congress.

100 Women Launch 48-Hour Fast on National Mall as Culmination of Month-Llong Women’s Fast for Families

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April 1, 2014

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Leslie Patterson, 646-200-5326
leslie@berlinrosen.com

Following more than 1500 women fasting at 80 events across 35 states, DC and Mexico City, women will converge in DC to push lawmakers to act on immigration reform and stop deportations

[Washington, DC] – 100 women from across the country will gather and hold a press conference to launch a 48-hour fast to feed the courage of lawmakers to pass comprehensive immigration reform and take executive action to stop deportations on April 7th at 11:00AM at the National Mall at 4th Avenue, near the Air and Space Museum, in DC.

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