Immigrant Families & Supporters to Hold Large Demonstration to Send Message to President Obama: Fight for Our Families

Posted August 22, 2014 /

For Immediate Release: August 21, 2014

Contact: Susana Flores, sflores@casamd.org, (240) 706-2624

 

**National Day to Fight for Families**

 

Immigrant Families & Supporters to Hold Large Demonstration to Send Message to President Obama: Fight for Our Families

 

As Part of National Day of Action, Families will Protest Immigration & Customs Enforcement, then March to White House for Large Civil Disobedience

 

What:       March and Civil Disobedience

 

When:       Thursday, August 28th, at 11:30 a.m

 

Where:     ICE, 500 12st SW, Washington DC, then march to

White House

 

Who:         Hosted by CASA de Maryland and CASA de Virginia, the crowd of thousands will include prominent labor and religious leaders, undocumented moms, dads, and workers, and more.

 

Washington DC. – As President Obama nears his own deadline to act to stop separating families, activists will take to the street to demand Pres. Obama, Stop Deporting Workers, Parents, Children.  It what has been titled the Day of Decision, activists will make a dramatic final push for the broadest possible administrative relief.

 

Advocates will concentrate the action on the broad categories of relief that they believe the White House must grant.  First, immigrants and their allies are calling for the cancellation of enforcement policies like Secure Communities that have created enormous fear in local communities.  Like most Americans, activists will support the sanctity of the family by calling on the President to grant visas to the parents of all children living in the United States.  A major priority is ceasing the deportations of children facing violence in Central America, practices that have already resulted in the deaths of children.  Finally, activists will lift up the enormous contributions that immigrant workers make to the US economy by calling on the President to provide relief to immigrants currently working, as well as those who have improved the employment conditions of all Americans by challenging illegal work activities.

 

The event in Washington is the highlight of events across the country occurring at the same time as a part of the National Day to Fight for Families.  The event in Washington, is expected to host the largest immigration act of civil disobedience at the White House in history as a way of highlighting the moral moment the President faces to grant relief to millions of immigrants and the friends, family, and coworkers that love them.

 

Hosted by CASA de Maryland & CASA de Virginia, endorsing organizations include the AFL-CIO, Alliance for Citizenship, the Black Institute, CARECEN, Causa Oregon, Center for Popular Democracy, El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos de New Mexico, Church World Service, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Communications Workers of America, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Dreamer Moms USA, Equality Maryland, Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (Haitian Women of Miami), FIRM (Fair Immigration Reform Movement), Florida Immigrant Coalition, Franciscan Action Network, Frederick Immigration Coalition, Gamaliel, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Jews United for Justice, Make the Road New York, Maryland Communities United, Maryland NOW, Maryland Working Families, Maryland Young Democrats, Mid-Atlantic Laborers’,  National Domestic Worker Alliance, NDLON, PICO National Network, Promise Arizona, Sisters of Mercy, Refugee & Immigration Ministries Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, UFCW Local 400, UNITE HERE, United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries, Virginia Organizing, Voces de la Frontera of Wisconsin, and We Belong Together.

 

For preview story opportunities and interviews with immigrant families, arrestees, community leaders, and CASA spokespersons, please contact Susana Flores at sflores@casamd.org or (240) 706-2624.

 

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