Monday, February 17, 2014

Women Pressure GOP on Immigration Reform

From We Belong Together: Women for Common Sense Immigration Reform

PRESS CALL: Women Leaders Reveal Plans to Pressure GOP to Take Up Immigration Reform This Year
Undocumented mother of two to speak about her struggle as a woman in our immigration system

Now that House Republicans have backtracked yet again on immigration reform, leading women’s rights and immigration reform advocates are revealing their plans to turn up the heat on members of Congress who are standing in the way of reform. More than 75 women leaders representing 60 labor, faith, women's groups and immigrant rights organizations will convene a Women’s Summit on Immigration to strategize how to win immigration reform that will be fair to and inclusive of women.

We Belong Together, the summit organizer, is holding a press call to share the summit outcomes with media on Wednesday, February 19th, from 11:00AM to 12:00PM EST.

On this call, a diverse group of women from across race, professional, sector and class lines will come together to discuss how women’s organizations plan to channel their capacity and influence to move reform forward. We Belong Together will reveal their campaign plans for the spring with a particular emphasis on electoral strategies and new tactics to move Republicans.

You’ll have a chance to hear from María Galván, undocumented mother of two DACA recipients and community leader with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA); Valarie Long, SEIU Executive Vice President; Desiree Hoffman, Director of Advocacy and Policy, YWCA; and Ana García-Ashley, Executive Director of the Gamaliel Foundation and a naturalized citizen originally from the Dominican Republic. Pramila Jayapal, chair of We Belong Together, will moderate the call.

The call will be on the record and include a Q&A with participating media. More details below.

To RSVP for this call, please visit or contact Leslie at or 646-200-5326.

DATE:                        Wednesday, February 19th

TIME:                        11:00AM – 12:00PM ET (8:00AM – 9:00AM PT)

CALL-IN #:                805-399-1000
Passcode:                188849

Pramila Jayapal, Chair of We Belong Together will moderate.
Desiree Hoffman, Director of Advocacy and Policy, YWCA USA. Desiree leads the national organization’s advocacy efforts on women’s economic empowerment and racial justice policies.
Ana García-Ashley, Executive Director of the Gamaliel Foundation. Ana is a naturalized citizen and the first woman of color in America to head a national community organizing network. The Gamaliel Foundation is a network of grassroots, interfaith, interracial, multi-issue organizations working together to create a more just and democratic society.
María Galván, undocumented mother of two DACA recipients and community leader with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). María was trained as a hair stylist but because of her lack of legal status she has been unable to pursue her career. She is one of millions of immigrant women who are unable to fully contribute their skills and talents to the U.S. as a result of our broken immigration system, and her family is one of millions of mixed-status families that could be separated at any moment.
Valarie Long, SEIU Executive Vice President. Valarie is the International Executive Vice President of the Property Services Division of the Service Employees International Union, representing more than 400,000 janitors, security officers, airport workers, food service, light manufacturing, laundry and maintenance workers across North America. A long-time immigrant justice advocate, Valarie was one of 100 women to be arrested for demonstrating on Capitol Hill in September 2013 to help keep families together and win commonsense immigration reform.

This call will address:
What to expect from women's rights organizations that are now channeling their capacity and influence toward immigration reform.
Why immigration reform is and must be seen as a women's issue.
The electoral ramifications for members of Congress who stand in the way of reform.

About the Women’s Summit on Immigration
While House Republicans attempt to undermine bipartisan progress made in the Senate in 2013, this diverse convening of leaders representing more than 60 organizations will illustrate that immigration reform remains a top priority for women across the country, and that women remain deeply committed to working toward reforms that will keep families together and allow millions of immigrant women and their families to fully contribute to their communities in the United States.

About We Belong Together
We Belong Together is an initiative of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, with the participation of women’s organizations, immigrant rights groups, children, and families across the country. It is a campaign to mobilize women in support of common-sense immigration reform that will keep families together and empower women. Immigration reform is rarely thought of as a women’s issue, but in fact it is central to the fight for women’s equality. Millions of immigrant women who are part of the fabric of our communities, workplaces, and schools are blocked from achieving their full potential because of a broken immigration system. A full list of WBT policy priorities is available at:

CONTACT: Leslie Patterson,, 646-200-5326


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