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    Strengthening Our Culture, Communities and Economy With the Contributions of Immigrant Women: A Blog Carnival on Women and Immigration Reform

    Posted April 15th, 2013 by

    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 of immigrant women.

    Today, women make up more than half — 51% — of all immigrants to this country. Furthermore, immigrant women entrepreneurs are economic powerhouses in their own right, creating nearly one million businesses in 2010. Immigrant women provide for their families; they encourage integration and help the family become U.S. citizens; they contribute to the cultural and moral fabric of our communities; and are significant contributors to our national economy as workers, consumers and business owners.

    Right now, Congress is working to pass immigration reform legislation. We are among the many women from all walks of life across our country who are calling on Congress to ensure that any immigration reform package honors the contributions of immigrant women to our communities and national economy. And most fundamentally, immigration reform must ensure that immigrant families can thrive.

    To further a national dialogue on this issue, we are honored to introduce this special blog edition highlighting the contributions of immigrant women hosted by MomsRising.org and We Belong Together. We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on these blog posts and share them with family and friends.

    Together we are a powerful force for all women and families!

    Kit Miller, English As a Second Language Teacher
    Immigration Is a Women’s Issue

    Kim Gandy, Executive President and CEO, National Network to End Domestic Violence
    Without Economic and Safety Reforms, Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence are at Increased Risk

    Judith Gille, Journalist and Memoirist
    MAY DAY 2010

    Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director/CEO, MomsRising.org
    Immigration Policy Reform Can’t Ignore Women

    Pramila Jayapal, Center for Community Change
    Why Immigration Policy Is ‘Sexclusionary’ (and How To Fix It)

    Allison Green, Half-Moon Scar (St. Martin’s Press)

    Ann Garcia and Patrick Oakford, Center for American Progress
    Unequal Pay Day for Immigrant Women

    Bao Tram, IMPRINT
    Beyond the Green Card: Helping Immigrant Women Use Their Professional Skills

    Caroline Dobuzinskis, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
    The Real Value of In-Home Care Work in the United States

    Elisa Batista, MomsRising.org
    Why Immigration Is a Women’s Matter

    Grace Hwang Lynch, BlogHer
    6 Ways Immigration Reform Can Help Women

    Jessica Barba Brown, Faith in Public Life
    Justice for Immigrant Women Is a Religious Issue

    Kety Esquivel, Fenton’s Western Region
    Immigrant Women Helped Shape My Accomplishments

    Linda Meric, 9to5.org
    Immigrant Issues Are Women’s Issues

    Madeline Shepherd, National Council of Jewish Women
    We Call for Immigration Reform as Women, as Jews

    Marisa Treviño, Latina Lista
    It’s time to take the sexism out of the debate on immigration reform

    Miriam Yeung, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
    This Is Our Marty McFly Moment

    Sayu Bhojwani, The New American Leaders Project
    Immigrant Women Strengthen American Democracy

    Valentina Stackl, Farmworker Justice
    Farmworker Women and the Heavy Burdens They Bear

    Around the Web
    The Time is Now for Dreamers: Join the Rally April 10th, Lily’s Blackboard
    Promise to Protect Immigrant Women’s Rights, Mallika Dutt for the Huffington Post
    Meet My Immigrant Mom (Tumblr), National Domestic Workers Alliance
    Meet My Immigrant Nanny (Tumblr), National Domestic Workers Alliance
    Time to Strengthen Family Immigration, New York Times
    Photos from Women’s Advocacy Days, We Belong Together
    Fort Atkinson teacher Kari Johnson shares her students’ immigration stories at U.S. Capitol, Wisconsin Education Association Council
    Why We Need Fair, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Now, YWCA Blog

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    April 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm by techniques

    Precisely how do you manage to develop a real excellent crowd involving commenters to your website?


    April 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm by Katie Stanton

    The YWCA posted about immigration reform for women as well – this is something we’ve been working on since the late 1800s! Please check out our blog post if you would like to add it to the carnival: http://www.ywcablog.com/2013/04/10/why-we-need-fair-comprehensive-immigration-reform-now/#sthash.nSR4gR9L.dpbs

    Thanks for all this great work!



    Elisa Batista Reply:

    @Katie Stanton, Thank you for sharing this, Katie! We will absolutely add to the blog carnival. Best, Elisa


    April 10, 2013 at 12:31 pm by Anita

    The range of experiences and the depth of information shared here is remarkable. This is a great source for information on this topic.


    Anita Reply:

    p.s. Thank you Eve Ensler for adding your voice!


    Dream Hampton Reply:

    It’s so important that women be central in the conversation of Immigration reform. Thank You Eve!



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