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In Georgia, Thinking of Henry and His Mother

September 27, 2011
“It’s like my mom… doesn’t exist. My mom doesn’t ask too much of her place in society. She just asks to be acknowledged. My greatest fear is my mom being deported.” (Henry, U.S. citizen whose mother is an undocumented immigrant) I thought of Henry --- and his mother --- when I was asked to participate in this week’s “We Belong Together” Georgia campaign. The campaign brings together female leaders from all walks of life to bear witness to the effects on women, children and families targeted by Georgia’s anti-immigration law. In the way only a child can, Henry gives voice to the millions of...

For my mother. For my daughters.

September 27, 2011
Being a new parent is hard. The sleepless nights, the sudden loss of free time, the aching biceps from carrying around a surprisingly heavy baby, the spit up, the bottles, the picking up, the picking up, the picking up. But during my most miserable nights of waking up at 12am, then 2am, then 4am – I think about my mother. I think of her smirking in self-satisfaction now that I’m beginning to get my come-uppance for being such a difficult and rebellious teenager. No, I’m kidding. Sort of. What I really think about is how much more difficult this would all be if I also had to move my life to a...
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Why I am going to Georgia

September 27, 2011
I am going to Georgia for the purpose of making the invisible visible. In the spring of 1960 while a college student, I read about African American students in the South sitting in because they were unable to be served at lunch-counters of national chain stores. I was shocked! I had believed my country was better than this. This outrage was made visible to me by a national media which daily covered the sit-ins. The knowledge of this injustice led me to organize a demonstration at a Woolworth’s in upstate New York. Later I left my graduate studies to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating...
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Georgia on My Mind

September 27, 2011
Since the execution of Troy Davis, whose shattering story activated thousands of people across the country to speak out against a flawed justice system and the brutality of capital punishment, Georgia has been on my mind. I was born there, in a small town outside of Atlanta called Austell, and spent many summers in Newnan with my grandparents. Both sides of my family can be traced back there, some as colonists and some from the Cherokee tribe that called Georgia home. For my entire childhood, Georgia represented the soothing, simple life, the one I felt connected to in my blood. Now, as I sit...

I am going to Georgia to stand up for America and our children’s future.

September 27, 2011
There’s a myth out there that immigration is complex—even controversial. But the truth is that the issue of immigration may be the simplest and clearest thing that binds us all together. With the exception of our Native American brothers and sisters who were here long before any of us came and who didn’t have the luxury of asking people for their papers when their land was taken over, we are all immigrants or descended from immigrants—willing and unwilling, transported on slave ships or shipped in labor, escaping famine and war or economic devastation, seeking a better life for ourselves and...
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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 . 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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