October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Over the years this month has provided us all the opportunity to reflect and refocus on the experiences of survivors of domestic violence and untangle the issue from the tired public debate: the NFL responses, the Chris Browns, and the persistent question, “why does she stay?”
Ten-year-old Andrés Jimenez was looking forward to the end of summer. Not because he was particularly eager to return to school, but because the end of summer was meant to be the president’s deadline for taking action on immigration.
But Obama’s deadline came and went, and with it Andrés’ hopes of reuniting his family after his father was wrenched from his life three years ago.
Andrés was seven when his father, after whom he is named, was stopped for driving with an expired license plate, an event that would unravel the life his parents had worked so hard to build.
We Belong Together was proud to support the rallies to end family detention organized by Grassroots Leadership in Karnes and Houston Texas on October 11th, 2014.
Read the full report from the San Antonio Express-News below:
KARNES CITY -- A caravan full of protesters used songs, posters and theatrical demonstrations Saturday outside the Karnes County Residential Center to denounce the use of for-profit facilities to detain immigrants seeking asylum.
Fixing our broken immigration system is a crucial part of the struggle for women’s equality
Why did we both get arrested outside the U.S. Capitol last year demanding Congress pass comprehensive immigration reform? Why did Terry join more than 140 other activists outside the White House last week in an act of civil disobedience to demand that President Obama stop deporting workers, parents and children? Why did over 30 Floridian children whose parents have been deported hold a vigil in front of the White House on Monday afternoon to urge the President to stop separating families?
We are profoundly disappointed by President Obama's decision to delay executive action on immigration until after the midterms and acquiesce to pressure from Senate Democrats. Once again, he has prioritized politics over reform—the very reform he himself promised us. In doing so, he has not only broken yet another promise to millions of voters across the country, he is forcing millions more women, children and families back in the shadows.
We Belong Together co-chair Andrea Mercado was quoted in this post on washingtonpost.com
Andrea Mercado, co-chair of We Belong Together, an organization mobilizing women for immigration reform, said that in order to rebrand the issue as essential for women, all she needed to do was share immigrant women’s stories.
“They speak for themselves,” Mercado said. “When the vast majority of employment visas are given to [male immigrants], the women who come with them are left in a position vulnerable to domestic violence and exploitation.”