Friday, April 4, 2014

Women Fast for Immigration Reform

FROM:                      We Belong Together: Women for Common Sense Immigration Reform

100 WOMEN LAUNCH 48-HOUR FAST ON NATIONAL MALL
AS CULMINATION OF MONTH-LONG WOMEN’S FAST FOR FAMILIES

Following more than 1500 women fasting at 80 events across 35 states, DC and Mexico City, women will converge in DC to push lawmakers to act on immigration reform and stop deportations

[Washington, DC] – 100 women from across the country will gather and hold a press conference to launch a 48-hour fast to feed the courage of lawmakers to pass comprehensive immigration reform and take executive action to stop deportations on April 7th at 11:00AM at the National Mall at 4th Avenue, near the Air and Space Museum, in DC.

Following the press conference, the women will hold a procession from the National Mall to the Capitol demanding courage from Federal leaders to move on reform. They will spend the next 48 hours sacrificing food but serving up courage through “courage conversations” and by filling up a “Courage Basket” with messages from fasters and supporters around the country to encourage elected leaders to act, which they’ll deliver to the Capitol after breaking the fast on April 9th.

Members of Congress including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Representatives Grace Meng (D-NY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Lucille Roybal Allard (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), and Linda Sanchez (D-CA) will visit the fasting women at the “Courage Café” on April 8th at either 10am or 2pm. In addition to visits from legislators, supporters nationwide, including actress Rosario Dawson, will be fasting remotely, and others will be emailing messages of courage to add to the ”Courage Basket.”

DATE:                        Launch: Monday, April 7th, 2014
                                    48-hour fast: Monday, April 7 – Wednesday, April 9

TIME:                        11:00 – 11:45am - Press Conference (April 7)
11:45am - Procession to Capitol (April 7)

WHERE:                   Courage Café tent
On the National Mall at 4th Avenue, close to the Air and Space Museum

SPEAKERS:              Pramila Jayapal, We Belong Together
                                    Valarie Long, SEIU
                                    Kica Matos, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)
                                    Terry O’Neill, NOW
                                    Mee Moua, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
                                    Immigrant woman to speak on effects of family backlog 
                                    Immigrant woman to speak on effects of deportation
(All speakers available for interviews)

VISUALS:                 100 women fasters joining hands to launch 2-day fast
Procession of fasters to Capitol carrying signs demanding courage from Federal leaders
Basket filled with words of courage, gathered from women fasters and supporters across the country, to offer Federal leaders

NOTE:                       Members of Congress will visit women at Courage Café Tent on Tuesday, April 8th at either 10am or 2pm ET

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About the Women’s Fast for Families
This fast is a culmination of the Women’s Fast for Families, a month-long series of nationwide 24-hours fasts sponsored by We Belong Together. The Women’s Fast for Families grew from a national women’s summit held in February, where women leaders pledged to continue to highlight immigration reform as a women’s issue and to pushback on inaction on reform as a front of the War on Women. The Women’s Fast for Families is a collaboration of We Belong Together, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and SEIU.

About We Belong Together
We Belong Together is a national campaign to bring forward the priorities of women in immigration reform, and to mobilize women to push for immigration reform that: includes a clear path to citizenship; keeps families together and upholds the family immigration system; protects survivors of violence; prevents workplace abuses; promotes the health and wellbeing of women and children; honors women’s work inside and outside the home; and is not driven by enforcement.  We Belong Together is co-anchored by 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.

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