Skip to main content


My Mother’s Story and Why I’m Going to Georgia

September 27, 2011
This week I’m going to Georgia, and I’m excited and hopeful. I’m honored to be joining several other women from around the country as part of the We Belong Together delegation. We’re tasked with documenting the impact of Georgia’s new anti-immigrant law on children and families. Their suffering is...
Wendy Cervantes's picture

Addressing Georgia’s New and Abusive Anti-Immigrant Law – Why I am joining the “We Belong Together” Delegation

September 27, 2011
For more than two hundred years, mothers from every corner of the globe have come here to seek a better life for their families, particularly their children. And all of us, newcomers as well as those with families who have been here for generations, want our children to live a safe and healthy life...
Mary O's picture

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...

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 –...
Miriam Yeung's picture

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...
Betty G. Robinson's picture

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...

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...
Pramila Jayapal's picture

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...

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,...
Mary O's picture

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...
Rachel Roth's picture