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No Human Being Is Illegal

September 27, 2011
“No Human Being Is Illegal”: This is a phrase I’ve seen emblazoned on t-shirts and bumper stickers. It is a response to the vitriolic anti-immigrant sentiment that labels those without official papers as “illegal.” Over the past decade the political debate about immigration has heated up as money has been poured into securing our borders and rounding up supposedly “illegal aliens.” Although federal legislation to address immigration has been at an impasse, localities and states are forging their own path: criminalizing, detaining, and deporting anyone without documentation. As part of We...

I'll Be Bringing the Kleenex to the Women's Delegation in Georgia

September 21, 2011
It’s coming right up. And I’m trying to remember to pack some Kleenex. In response to Georgia’s new anti-immigrant law, on September 28 and 29th I will be representing MomsRising on a delegation of women's organizations traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, to bear witness to the law’s effect on women, children and families. The National Women’s Domestic Workers Alliance gives a spot-on summary of the law: "Like Arizona's SB1070, Georgia's new HB 87 law threatens to have devastating effects on women and children, including an increase in racial profiling, the separation of families (children from...
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Two More Victories against Inhumane Treatment of Imprisoned Women

August 19, 2011
In April, I wrote about an important federal court decision holding the Nashville Sheriff’s Office accountable for violating a woman’s rights by shackling her during labor and then denying her access to a breast pump when she was taken back to jail after giving birth. Today, The Tennessean reports that a federal jury awarded the woman $200,000 in damages for the wrongs she suffered at the hands of the government. Notably, the judge ruled that the woman’s immigration status was irrelevant to the jury’s decision about whether the Sheriff should compensate her for having violated her rights. In...
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First-Ever Senate Hearing On the DREAM Act:Voices for Utah Children Urges Passage of DREAM

June 28, 2011
Voices for Utah Children applauded news that Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) will chair the first-ever Senate hearing on the DREAM Act on Tuesday, June 28th, at 10:00 am ET . The hearing will be webcast live at www.judiciary.senate.gov . Since the DREAM Act was originally introduced in 2001, hundreds of thousands of hardworking immigrant students have faced limited access to a college education and have been denied the opportunity to contribute socially and economically to our state and our nation. Due to inaction at the federal level, several states – including Utah –...
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Federal Court Condemns Shackling, Vindicates Woman

April 28, 2011
A new federal court decision adds weight to the campaign to end the shackling of pregnant women.
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International Women’s Day: Miles to Walk, in the US and Across the Seas

March 8, 2011
2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day – a day for the celebration of women worldwide. In 25 nations (including China, Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia), the day has become a national holiday, a time not only to cheer for women's advances, but also to reflect upon the many global inequalities women still face. We honor this day in the United States, too, and stand in solidarity with our sisters who are struggling to surmount injustice around the globe. But here at the Ms. Foundation, we know we must do more than look outward at the failures and fault-...

Injustice dismantled: Welcome to a new world aborning

February 26, 2011
Fair-minded folks breathed sighs of relief and gratitude when President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the shamefully discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will not be defended by the U.S. Department of Justice. At last, the Department of Justice lives up to its name by embracing lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBT) people! At last, President Obama takes a strong stand against marriage discrimination! While our president evolves his thinking on the issue of marriage equality for same-sex couples, the world spins forward. The administration’s action builds...

How to Save Multiculturalism

February 24, 2011
European leaders say 'multiculturalism is a failure.' Their brand of multiculturalism preserved distinctions without building cohesion and unity. Americans must be vigilant this doesn't happen here, and we can start by taking small steps in our own lives while advocating for smarter policies that create a brighter, more inclusive, united future.
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Immigrants Need the Violence Against Women Act- Let's Stop Blaming the Victims

February 12, 2011
When I listened to the testimony yesterday of Ms. Antonia Peña, a domestic worker who volunteers at Casa de Maryland, I heard a story I've heard many times that never fails to affect me. Her friend Maria, who was born in El Salvador and has a two-year-old daughter, was in an abusive relationship. Because of her immigration status, coming forward led to legal retaliation against her. In her case, and in those of countless other women across the country, the law existed not to protect her but to protect her abuser. She was literally trapped in her own family and her own home. The status quo...
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Delayed Justice for Guatemalan Mother Encarnación Bail Romero

February 4, 2011
In 2007, Encarnación Bail Romero, a young woman from Guatemala, was arrested and detained during an immigration raid at the Missouri poultry processing plant where she worked. The fact that Encarnación was a mother with a baby at home did not matter. She was detained without the opportunity to make care arrangements for her son, Carlos—a U.S. citizen—who was just six months old. While in detention, Encarnación was not allowed to participate in her custody case and consequently, her parental rights were terminated. Carlos was adopted by a couple soon after. This week, the Missouri Supreme...

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