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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Pictures from #TimeIsNow Immigration Rally!

April 12, 2013
Photo on right: Many of us who participated in the rally waved signs that read, "Immigration Reform Is Central to Women's Equality." The amazing artwork on the signs is by Favianna Rodriguez . Washington, D.C. -- MomsRising.org has long advocated for the needs and dignity of all women, children and...
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Immigration Policy Reform Can't Ignore Women

April 11, 2013
Women comprise only 18 percent of Congress. Women comprise 0 percent of the "Gang of Eight" Senators who are drafting immigration reform policy right now. Yet, over 50 percent of all immigrants are women ; and if you add children, then that group accounts for two-thirds of all immigrants to our...
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Immigrant Women Strengthen American Democracy

April 10, 2013
Within the current debate on immigration reform, an organized movement of women’s voices has emerged to uplift the significance of women to our economy, democracy and communities. As an immigrant woman, whose personal and professional experiences are deeply informed by immigration, I believe...
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This is Our Marty McFly Moment

April 10, 2013
Remember that scene in Back to the Future when Marty McFly discovers that he and his siblings are fading out of a family photograph? That’s the exact feeling I have when I follow the news about immigration policy reform efforts that would eliminate family visas. First, let’s flash back, like Marty...
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Farmworker Women and the Heavy Burdens They Bear

April 10, 2013
Photo caption: A farmworker woman picking grapes. Many farmworker women cover their faces to protect themselves from pesticides while they work. Farmworker women also use bandanas on the job to cover their faces and bodies in an attempt to ward off unwanted sexual attention that often leads to rape...
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