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Buzz is Building for Rise Up! May 1

For Immediate Release: April 21, 2017
Contact: Jasmine Nazarett, jnazarett@communitychange.org, 202-339-9330
 
Buzz is Building for Rise Up! May 1
 
(WASHINGTON)— The following statement is from Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) ahead of the May 1st national day of action:
 
“The hateful, xenophobic words and actions of Donald Trump have awoken a new generation of activists and voters who refuse to let the Administration speak for them. Tens of thousands of allies across the country have pledged to join one of the 90 Rise Up! May 1 events that are planned. Progressive groups from faith, labor and racial justice have come together for the largest coordinated effort since the 2006 immigration reform marches.
 
“The energy around the movement against hate has spread to Silicon Valley, where Facebook and other startups have given their employees the day off to join the protests. Everyday Americans are jumping to action. Trump traded hateful rhetoric for votes on the campaign trail and in his first 100 days in office has showed no signs of slowing down the hate train. On May 1 we will send a signal to Trump—and to the Republicans who side with his atrocious actions—the writing is on the wall: the backlash to Trump may forever alter the balance of power in America.
 
“The breadth and diversity of actions coming together is truly inspiring.  Many places will treat May 1st as a no work, no school, no purchases, “Day without Immigrants.”  Some will engage in marches.  There are story telling events, live music, know your rights trainings and teach-ins.  In Colorado there will be a Coors boycott.  In Arkansas, everyone is being asked to wear white.  Never before have we seen such a powerful combination of protest, celebration and serious power building.”
 
 
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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

Immigrant Rights Groups, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Demand that Border Patrol Agents Stop Harassing and Intimidating Families

For Immediate Release: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org (202) 339-9331

Hundreds Plan to Rally at Border Patrol Office in DC on Tuesday, March 21st

(WASHINGTON)—Members of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Sen. Bernie Sanders, and immigrant families demand that border patrol agents stop harassing and intimidating families and U.S. citizens at the southern and northern border crossings.

“There have been many media reports of agents taking away cell phones of immigrant families and U.S. citizens with no rightful reasons and harassing families,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “The office of Customs and Border Patrol and DHS Secretary Kelly must step up and be held accountable for these egregious actions.”

To protest these actions, hundreds of people from more than 25 states will rally in front of the CBP office in Washington, DC.

Here are details of the event:
 
Time: 11:30a ET to 12:30p ET
Location: 14th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
Speakers:  

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-VT
  • Immigrant families adversely affected by Trump’s policies from California and Arkansas
  • FIRM leaders from California, New York and Arizona

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

 

Trump’s ‘Revised’ Ban: New Bigotry Same as the Old Bigotry

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 6, 2017
Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org (202) 339-9331

The Revision Remains as Repulsive as the Initial Ban

(WASHINGTON)—President Trump’s ‘revised’ travel ban remains as repulsive as his initial plan, chock full of as much bigotry against immigrants, particularly Muslims and all refugees, as the first ban.

“The Trump administration has tried to dress up the revised ban with nicer words but they don’t hide the fact that the refugee program has been suspended, meaning thousands of people desperately seeking to flee war-torn countries, violence and poverty will not be welcome in the United States,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “This ban still sends an ugly message to the rest of the world that America’s new ‘normal’ is keeping people out of a country that has always upheld the tradition and symbolism of the Statue of Liberty.”

“Donald Trump today has viciously attacked this tradition with darkness and hate. To be clear, refugee families fleeing war, natural disaster, ethnic cleansing and tyranny will die as a result of this order,” Matos said. “The people Donald Trump sentenced to die today – will do so for no good reasons. Adding to the appalling reality is that this immoral act is being done in the name of symbolic politics because the refugee program itself has always had a form of extreme vetting. Every American of compassion and love should be filled with disgust today.”

“By targeting refugees from six Muslim-majority countries, the Trump administration is walking a very dangerous line on religious freedoms,” Matos added. “Our country was founded by people escaping religious persecution and the freedom to practice your religion is a value held sacred by all Americans.”

“There is no room in America for such extreme hatred,” Matos said. “We will fight to protect our families from hateful policies and we urge all lawmakers to stand up against what is clearly a bigoted piece of policy.”

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nation’s largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations in more than 40 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

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