By Angela Maria Kelley, Philip E. Wolgin
Published March 7, 2012 at americanprogress.org
The everyday portrayal of today’s immigrants generally features a single Hispanic male who is here illegally. In fact, immigrant women in the United States (documented and undocumented combined) comprise more than half of all immigrants and play a significant economic and integrative role in our society and economy. These women start businesses at higher rates than American-born women and are often the ones that push hardest in their families to become American citizens. Read More »
This report describes our second delegation for “We Belong Together,” this time traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to continue our work engaging a broader movement for immigrant women's rights. Georgia's new HB87 law threatens to have devastating effects on women and children, including an increase in racial profiling; the separation of families; an increased fear of reporting crimes such as domestic violence and sexual assault; workplace raids; and the denial of basic public services to a large segment of the population. We came to Georgia to hear the real stories of the women and children affected by anti-immigrant legislation. Our hope is that the stories of women and children can be a powerful force to help turn the tide.
Statement by the We Belong Together Women’s Delegation to Georgia for Immigrant Rights Atlanta, Georgia
September 29, 2011
We are a diverse group of women leaders from around the country. We are activists, journalists, scholars, and advocates who work on behalf of women, workers, immigrants, children, survivors of violence, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender individuals. We have come to Georgia as part of the We Belong Together Delegation for Immigrant Rights in order to bear witness to the experiences of women and children in the aftermath of the passage of HB 87. Read More
Phoenix, AZ May 9, 2010
We have gathered in Phoenix on Mother's Day, a day to honor mothers as caregivers and breadwinners for their families. We stand as national feminist and labor leaders, journalists, and organizers from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the National Domestic Worker Alliance, and Jobs with Justice to document the experiences of women in Arizona in the wake of SB 1070 and the hostile anti-immigrant environment in which it emerged. We bear witness to the brutal impacts of this legislation on women and children and the threat of similar laws nationally. Read More
The nation's eyes turned towards Arizona when Governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law on April 23rd 2010. Across the country, a flurry of activity was sparked in response to the decision. On Mother's Day weekend, 2010, a delegation of women leaders from across the country traveled to Phoenix to understand the context surrounding the new law and bear witness to its impact on women and families.
“From Hate to Heart” is a collection of short documentaries on organizing efforts following the passage of SB1070 in Arizona. Their goal was to highlight and edicate on how these type of policies threaten the safety of immigrant women and children, and to activate the broader women's movement to turn the tide from hate policies to human rights led solutions to immigration reform. This two-hour workshop is designed to accompany the documentaries, and support groups seeking to create spaces for members to share their stories and take action.