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Why It’s Important to Teach Kids About Asian American History

May 29, 2013
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: Dorothea Lange picture of Japanese-American children reciting the pledge of allegiance May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. But in my family, we try to learn about Asian American history year round. Because they are multiracial Asians, my kids especially need to learn about the history and contributions of Asian immigrants in the United States. But everyone can benefit from learning about the experiences of Asians in America, especially as Congress debates proposed changes to the nation’s immigration policies. My own parents arrived in the United...

How Did Children Fare in the SJC Immigration Reform Markup?

May 28, 2013
This past Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) voted to advance the immigration reform bill (S.744) onto the Senate floor, representing a historic step forward for immigrant children and families. The committee considered numerous amendments over a period of five days, and the First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) determined that many amendments had the potential to positively or negatively affect children. Overall, children fared very well in the process, with the passage of several positive amendments that will help keep families together in the face of immigration enforcement,...
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Latinas commend passage of immigration bill from Senate committee

May 22, 2013
The organization of which I am the Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health , released this statement following the immigration reform bill that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. While we commend the Senate Committee for doing so, we still have deep concerns that both health care access and LGBTQ families are not included in the bill. --Jessica Washington, D.C.—The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) commends the Senate Judiciary Committee for its passage of the Senate bill for immigration reform, the “Border Security, Economic...
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What Immigrant Moms Want for Mother's Day

May 10, 2013
Like most moms, Mother's Day for me is an opportunity to celebrate with my children and family, and reflect upon how deeply I cherish motherhood. While supporting our children as they grow and adapt to the world is joyful, we moms face so many challenges along the way -- the pain of watching our child fall off a bike, face hurtful words from a friend, or experience disappointment at a bad grade. These are all normal parts of childhood, and as tough as they are, these difficulties also make our children stronger and more resilient. But there are some things moms shouldn't have to worry about...
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Mother's Day: Bittersweet Reminder of Immigrant Women's Struggles

May 8, 2013
May 12 is the day to celebrate not only our mothers and motherhood, but also the many wonderful women who have touched our lives in one way or another. For me, this day is even more special this year because it marks my first Mother's Day. I'm a proud mother to a young son. He is my heart and soul, and even at a few months in age, he has helped to shape me into the woman I am today. For him, I want to make the world a better, safer and healthier place—a place where there is fairness and equality for all. As the daughter of immigrants—one a physician and the other a dentist—I know the...
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No One Wins When Low-Wage Immigrant Workers Have No Paid Sick Days

April 24, 2013
As one of 11 kids in a migrant farm worker family, I toiled in the fields of California’s Central Valley under the bleakest of conditions in the 1950s and ‘60s, before Cesar Chavez’s movement offered us any relief. Getting sick or injured or showing symptoms of pesticide poisoning were not options. If they happened, you just worked through it. “If you don’t want to work, there’s plenty of people to take your place,” the foreman or farm labor contractor would say. Little has changed since then in our country, especially for private-sector workers. When her doctor ordered bed rest for Heather,...
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Immigration Is a Women’s Issue

April 18, 2013
This article originally appeared in Madison.com and was made possible by the American Forum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational organization. As Washington lawmakers throw themselves into comprehensive immigration reform, I say, “Remember the women.” Women constitute more than half of our country’s undocumented immigrant population. They have a huge stake in the new immigration overhaul now being crafted by eight men in the Senate. Undocumented mothers, especially, are making history by advocating for comprehensive immigration reform. I saw them at the Capitol last week, testifying before...
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MAY DAY 2010

April 16, 2013
“Obama escucha! Estamos en la lucha!” the crowd chants and I chant along, imploring President Obama to listen up and take our fight seriously. It’s May Day 2010 and I’m in Seattle marching down Jackson Street surrounded by a sea of Mexicans with Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Nicaraguans scattered among them. Only a handful of other non-Latinos, like me, have shown up to march. A half-hour earlier, I asked my husband to drop me off at Judkins Park, so I could join what I assumed would be a small group of protesters demonstrating against Arizona’s new draconian immigration laws. But a great swell...
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Strengthening Our Culture, Communities and Economy With the Contributions of Immigrant Women: A Blog Carnival on Women and Immigration Reform

April 15, 2013
This blog carnival was updated three times: on April 15, April 16 and April 17, 2013. As women, we know that we are all better off when our communities are strong making it possible for our children to thrive. We understand the importance of women's work -- at home or in the workplace. Women also know the importance of coming together and that we wouldn't be where we are today without the help and support of the women in our lives. Today we are coming together in support of immigrant women and their families. We need an immigration process that values all families and honors the contributions...
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Without Economic and Safety Reforms, Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence are at Increased Risk

April 15, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in National Network to End Domestic Violence . Domestic violence victims often describe feeling like prisoners in their own homes – beaten and controlled by abusive partners, silenced, isolated and shamed, without the protections or resources to leave and find safety. For immigrant victims of domestic violence, this sense of imprisonment is even more pronounced, because their abusers have additional weapons to use against them – their dependent immigration status or lack of legal status. They threaten victims with deportation and with having their children...
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