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Signing of TRUST Act makes 2013 "Year of the Immigrant" in CA

October 7, 2013
Today marks the dawn of a new era in California's immigrant communities. This victory belongs first and foremost to the brave undocumented Californians facing deportation after minor or wrongful arrests who came forward from the shadows and told their stories in hopes that other community members would not endure similar injustices. But all Californians will reap the benefits of increased trust in local law enforcement. Soon, immigrant Californians and their family members will have the confidence that minor or unjustified arrests for things like selling food without a permit or having dogs...
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Immigrants are Media Makers Telling Their Own Stories at the #11MillionDreams Storython.

September 26, 2013
There are more than 11 Million undocumented people living, working, and dreaming in the USA. We need to hear their voices and stories loud and clear during the debates over immigration policy reform. Those voices, reflections of lived experiences, should be centered and uplifted. On October 5th and 6th, in Los Angeles, Boston and everywhere where immigrants and their allies want to share their stories, there will be an event focusing on connecting those stories with tech and media tools. Immigrants, their children, and allies already have the stories. They exist in lived experiences often...
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You're Invited: WEBINAR on Immigrant Health Coverage Eligibility and Enrollment

September 24, 2013
Health Insurance for Immigrant Families in the ACA Era Please register here and share widely! Thursday, September 26 10:00-11:00am PST/1:00-2:00pm EST Presented by the National Immigration Law Center and the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University The webinar will provide a snapshot of the landscape of coverage options for immigrant families as of 2014. You will learn: · Immigrants’ eligibility for Medicaid, CHIP and the insurance marketplaces · Access barriers faced by immigrants, particularly when part of mixed-immigration status families · Tips for helping immigrants...
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Obamacare Brings Millions Out of the Shadows of the Uninsured

September 24, 2013
With enrollment for health care insurance set to open in a few days, public opinion polls show there is still much confusion about how Obamacare will work. Congressional opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are using the current state of bewilderment to try to stop the health care program before it has a chance to serve people who desperately need it. They threaten to hold the federal government and the health of Americans hostage. But buried in recent polling is this clear conclusion: just over a majority of voters do not like Obamacare -- largely because they don’t understand it --...
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Engaging in Civil Disobedience for Health Justice for Immigrant Women and Children

September 24, 2013
When I was invited to join in a civil disobedience action that would lead to my arrest, I was terrified. What if I started crying when the police put me into handcuffs? So I asked around: what could I expect? How would it feel when I was arrested? What would happen? The clearest advice I got was, “Dress cute... there will be photos!” So, on September 12, 2013, the day after America’s Day of Remembrance of 9/11, when most Americans celebrate their victory over terrorism, I joined more than 100 women to participate in an act of civil disobedience by We Belong Together [link: webelongtogether...
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Moms Get Real About Race in America: A MomsRising.org Blog Carnival in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 28, 2013
This blog carnival was updated twice on Thursday, August 29th, 2013. Introduction by the members of the MomsRising Education Fund Board of Directors: Ai-jen Poo , Executive Director for National Domestic Workers Alliance Barbara Arnwine , President & Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Joan Blades , Co-Founder of MomsRising.org, MoveOn.org and Living Room Conversations Julene Pérez-Gónzalez , Vice President of Business Development and Education at Hispanics in Philanthropy Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner , Co-Founder and Executive Director / CEO of MomsRising...
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50th Anniversary of Civil Rights March An Inspiration To Advance Humane Immigration Reform

August 27, 2013
April 10th, 2013 was a memorable day for me. I was in Washington, D.C. and participated, in what for me personally, was the largest rally I had ever attended. See pictures here. Tens of thousands of people of all heritages, hues, and life experiences, covered the lawn in front of the Capitol Building, demanding that Congress immediately fix our broken immigration system. Group-by-group, speakers went on stage giving their reasons why immigration reform was fair and just: the pastors who called it a moral imperative that no one in our country be left to live in the shadows; the African...
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Wise Words from Daughter about Adopted Korean Brother

August 27, 2013
We've come a long way since the Civil Rights March on Washington. It's commonplace nowadays for a family to adopt a child from another country. There's still much to be done regarding society fully embracing diversity, but teaching our children to be open-minded is a good start. -Maria Adcock, publisher of the Bicultural Mama blog. This blog post originally appeared in Bicultural Mama . Many thanks to the writer, Julie Nelson, and the publisher Maria Adcock, for allowing us to re-publish it here in its entirety. Adopting was something that my husband and I talked about long before we were...
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Celebrating DACA’s First Anniversary

August 15, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in First Focus . Today marks the first year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an initiative introduced by the Administration last summer which provides certain DREAM Act-eligible youth with a renewable two-year reprieve of deportation and the ability to obtain social security cards and work authorization. In just one year, the policy has yielded tremendous results, enabling hundreds of thousands of young people to escape the constant threat of deportation and start fulfilling their academic and career goals. In fact,...
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Latinas rally across the country for health care for immigrant women: Latinas and their families know #15years is too long to wait

August 6, 2013
This week, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) launches its fourth annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice. With the support of more than 85 organizations, including the partnership of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) and the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), NLIRH’s activists will rally across the country to let our policymakers know that #15years is too long for women and families to wait for health care. As the nation moves forward on immigration reform, working to create a path to...
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