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Rise Up May 1st Event Organizers to Congress: Not One Dollar for Trump’s Deportation Machine!

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Contact: Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org (202) 339-9331

 Rise Up May 1st Event Organizers to Congress: Not One Dollar for Trump’s Deportation Machine!

 (WASHINGTON)–In response to ongoing negotiations on the federal budget, Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), released the following statement:

“On Monday, May 1st, in 200 events (and still growing) across the United States, hundreds of thousands of immigrant Americans and their supporters will loudly make their voices heard.”

“The immigrant rights movement, standing arm-in-arm with our allies in the faith community, the environmental movement, labor unions, business community and women’s groups will send a strong message: We will not stand for one dollar being allocated to Donald Trump’s hateful immigration policies.  We will not tolerate his continuing efforts to criminalize immigrants and separate families. Any support whatsoever for his deportation machinery is unacceptable to all Americans of good will.”

“This is our line in the sand for champions, allies and foes alike: no support of any kind for Donald Trump and his white nationalist agenda is acceptable. The movement and our allies are watching, and we expect that our champions and supporters will fight hard and smart on behalf...

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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...

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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...

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