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Women Stepping Up Push for Common Sense Immigration Reform

Senate Judiciary Hearing Focused on the Needs of Women and Families, held Press Conference with Sen. Boxer, Women Immigrants and Leaders in D.C.

For the first time in the immigration reform debate, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing focused on the challenges and contributions of immigrant women related to immigration reform efforts. Hundreds of women immigrants, leaders, and supporters from 24 states across the country gathered in Washington to attend the hearing and to push for common sense immigration reform that addresses the priorities of women.

The campaign calls for immigration reform that addresses the challenges women face in the U.S. immigration system, such as long backlogs for family reunification and lack of adequate protections for survivors of violence and abuse. Women—immigrant and non-immigrant—will highlight policy goals of women, and show the priority that women across America and national women’s organizations place on immigration reform.  Participants from across the country met with Members of Congress in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle, sharing their stories to advocate for inclusive new immigration policies.


Pictured from left to right: Leticia Seitz, Leader at MCU, Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of United Farm Workers, Ana Garcia-Ashley, and Pramila Jayapal, at the ‘We Belong Together’ Conference in D.C. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Ana Garcia-Ashley is interviewed after her presentation by Univision Reporter Maria Rosa Lucchini at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in D.C. on March 19, 2013


Ana Garcia-Ashley tapes national segment for CNN’s Directo USA program which aired at 6:00 p.m. Ana addressed the challenges women face in the U.S. immigration system, such as long backlogs for family reunification and lack of adequate protections for survivors of violence and abuse. Women—immigrant and non-immigrant—will highlight policy goals of women, and show the priority that women across America and national women’s organizations place on immigration reform.



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Minnesota partner, Asamblea de Derecohos Civiles met with Pioneer Press’ editorial board on Monday, March 19, 2013. They shared their perspective on the Dream for All Campaign which was launched in January and asked the editorial board to endorse it as well as to drop the term illegal from their media language as it relates to coverage.

Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider Announced Minority Workforce Agreement, Affects Mississippi River Bridge: Supporters Call Agreement "A New National Model".  Clergy and grassroots leaders from across the state of Illinois gathered on Wednesday, March 20 at the new Mississippi River Bridge in prayer for fair and equal opportunities for minorities in the construction trades and in celebration of the passing of the statewide Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Gamaliel partners included United Congregations of Metro East (UCM), Faith Coalition for the Common Good (FCCG) in Springfield, Quad Cities Interfaith (QCI), and Gamaliel of Metro Chicago; along with St. Louis affiliates Metropolitan Congregations United.  Others scheduled to attend included IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider, ESL Mayor Alvin Parks, and Washington Park Mayor James Jones.

An agreement between the Labor Unions and IDOT, the statewide PLA laid out the baseline goals for state-funded roads and bridge projects. Gamaliel leaders of Illinois served as the voice of the community throughout the drafting process of the PLA to ensure that it would benefit low income and minority citizens across the state. The event was part of Gamaliel's National campaign, "Fire of Faith: Rekindling Our Congregations, Rekindling Our Economy, Rekindling Our Democracy" which seeks to move 1 million people nationwide into living wage jobs by 2015.  



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Clergy gathered Wednesday morning in East St. Louis to celebrate a new agreement between IDOT and labor unions to include more minority and women-owned businesses in projects. Is this kind ...... Esteban Mainzer east st. louis? no, that has to be a mistake. they got all that hope and change a few years ago.

At the Third Annual Breakfast Fundraiser for the Faith Coalition for the Common Good (FCCG) on Mach 14, 2013, Sr. Marcelline Koch (FCCG member of Pax Christi Springfield) greets Springfield Dominican Associate Leroy Jordan (FCCG Rail Task Force).  Several Sisters and Associates Candidates mixed with community organization leaders and faith-based leaders in the Springfield, IL area to promote public interest projects that a create strong sustainable community.

The Sisters in attendance representing Springfield Dominicans were: Sr. Maira Barry, Sr. Margaret Ann Cox and Sr. Bernice Juip.  Sr. Marilyn Jean Runkel represented St. Patrick’s School.  Sr. Marcelline Koch represented Pax Christi Springfield.  Sr. Mary Jean Traeger and Sr. Ann Elizabeth Little were part of the membership representing St. Katharine Drexel Parish.

Guests of the Sisters included Springfield Dominican Associate Candidates Karen Siciliano and Sharmin Doering.   Aaron Tebrinke, Multimedia Specialist for Dominican Sisters of Springfield, was in attendance as well.


WASHINGTON, D.C  --An estimated 700 African Americans and Black immigrants from the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and throughout the globe join Clergy United to Save and Heal, a Caribbean Clergy Faith Based Network for a pro-immigration rally in D.C. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The ‘Black Communities for Immigrant Justice Rally’ aims to demonstrate the strength and unity of black immigrant groups on the immigration reform debate.

While the debate has been driven by the Latino community, Black immigrants in the US make up approximately 10 percent of the foreign-born population. However, black migrants (from Africa and the Caribbean) face unprecedented adversity and are often forgotten in the immigration debate, said Clergy United to Save and Heal. Below Photo: Univision D.C. interviews Ana Garcia-Ashley




Univison National News Interviews Ana Garcia-Ashley (Univision National has a larger news audience than ABC, CBS, and NBC national news combined).


Policy Mic reports:
Immigration Reform 2013: Women Lead the Charge For Commonsense Reform
By Johnathen Duran

http://www.policymic.com/articles/30281/immigration-reform-2013-women-lead-the-charge-for-commonsense-reform

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