PRESS ADVISORY: Immigrants and Progressives Take Action in Maryland State Capitol

Posted February 27, 2017 /

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 24, 2017) _ CASA, Maryland Rising and around 2,000 community members will march Monday to stand up against attacks on immigrants and in support of the Maryland Trust Act, debt-free college tuition and the Fight for $15.

“We are at a very important place in the state’s history,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres. “Maryland is trying to stand up to federal government overreach in showing compassion to its immigrants and refugees and providing a safe place for all people to live. We will see if the governor will stand on the right side of history with the passage of this bill.”

The Trust Act prohibits local law enforcement officials from cooperating with U.S. Customs and Enforcement in Maryland, it also allows undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurances, and accelerate U visas protecting victims of abuse at the state level.

Maryland Rising, which is the Our Revolution of Maryland, along with Unite Here Local 7 and National Nurses United will join CASA in kicking off the evening with a rally at the Asbury United Methodist Church. Then, they will continue with a march to the capitol. From there, constituents and other CASA members whose families are being torn apart in the current immigration crackdown, will meet with legislators and demand passage of the Trust Act, debt-free college tuition, the fight for $15 minimum wage, and the no bail requirement for those who cannot afford to pay. Press will have the opportunity to follow the constituents as they meet with legislators inside the capitol.

“Across Maryland, nurses and our allies are organizing at the grassroots to build Maryland Rising so we can speak out for economic justice, stand up against threats to our communities and demand that our health and our environment are protected,” said Beth Landry, RN, a resident of Frederick and a member of National Nurses United, the largest union of nurses in the United States. “Inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign, nurses are excited to join with immigrants, health care advocates, workers and so many more to transform politics in Annapolis, across Maryland and across our country.”

The election of Donald Trump, the confirmation of his cabinet and the subsequent passage of executive orders, has meant an erosion of progressive causes championed by Maryland Rising, CASA as well as Unite Here and National Nurses Unite.  As a result, progressive groups, immigrants, Muslims, religious groups, women, and entire communities across the country have come together to unite, resist and take action.

CASA and Maryland Rising call on the Maryland state leadership to take up the progressive mantle, to pass the Maryland Trust Act, make public college education free and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, thus putting an end  to these ill-conceived executive orders and standing up on behalf of people with compassion and common sense.

CASA, Maryland Rising and community members will meet at 4:00pm on Monday, February 27th at Asbury United Methodist Church located on 87 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401. After the march, they will go to the General Assembly at 7:00 p.m. to talk to legislators and express their concerns on the importance of adopting the Trust Act.


WHO:  CASA, Maryland Rising and more than 2000 community members
WHAT: Rally at the Ashbury United Methodist Church in Annapolis. Then, march to the State Capitol to ask Governor Hogan to protect Maryland’s immigrants, raise the minimum wage to $15, and Support other Progressive Policies.
WHEN: 4:00 p.m. MONDAY February 27, 2017 for rally at the church; 7 p.m. meeting with legislators at the state capitol.
WHERE: Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401



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