June 18, 2013

Natalie Patrick-Knox

Women Leaders Call on Congress for Responsible Immigration Reform

Today, over 100 women leaders from around the country are in Washington, D.C. for We Belong Together‘s women’s lobby day.  This marks the beginning of a week of action to mobilize thousands of people around the country to call on Congress to push for immigration reform that will be fair for women.

Among the women gathered in D.C. are five Jobs with Justice leaders from Missouri, Georgia, and Florida.  These women know from their work in their local communities that we are all better off when our communities are healthy and strong, we feel safe, and our children can thrive.  They will be talking to their Senators about the need for an immigration process that ensures women are treated humanely and fairly, and can bring all of their many contributions and talents to strengthen our culture, economy and communities in America.

Here are just a few of the reasons Jobs with Justice women leaders are weighing in on immigration reform:

“I am mobilizing to DC because I am an African American woman who deeply believes that the voice of black people and women need to be lifted up in the conversation about Immigration Reform. 1 in 10 immigrants are of African descent and I want to be sure some of the experiences unique to those individuals are shared.” Charmaine Davis, Atlanta Jobs with Justice

“Central Florida Jobs with Justice is proud to stand with the women of the We Belong Together Campaign. Women coming together and speaking out is an integral part of moving forward with common sense Immigration Reform. It is their voices that comfort the children of separated families and it is their voices that demand justice from our legislators.”  Ana Delarosa, Central Florida Jobs with Justice

“I’m mobilizing to DC because I truly believe in Dr. King’s words for justice, he said ‘Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”; immigration reform affects us all whether we see it as directly or indirectly.” Ariana M. Martinez, Missouri Jobs with Justice and Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates

To learn more about the campaign and how you can help support the week of action by making calls, check out: www.webelongtogether.org

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