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President Obama: How Many More Deaths Will it Take?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 22, 2016
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 460-0713, cvogel@communitychange.org

The Obama Administration Must Stop the Raids

(WASHINGTON)—Immigrant rights groups, along with faith leaders, allies, and directly impacted families will hold a news conference followed by a peaceful civil disobedience action on Tuesday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the White House. Over 20 participants will risk arrest to call on President Obama to stop the raids and deportations of Central American refugees which have already resulted in the death of 83 asylum seekers since 2014, including mothers and their children.

“If this plan continues, President Obama will be responsible for the possible harm or even death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Their blood will be on his hands,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos.

The groups participating include: the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM); We Are CASA, Junta for Progressive Action, Inc, USEU, New Day Christian Church, Connecticut Students for a Dream, Dreamers Mothers in Action, UltraViolet, Center for Community Change, Alianza Americas, The General Board of Church and Society, CARECEN, CISPES, DREAMers of Virginia, Dreamer’s Moms, ActionAid USA, Washington Peace Center, and impacted families.

Endorsing organizations: America’s Voice Education Fund, American Civil Liberties Union, Alianza Americas, Central American Resource Center, CHIRLA, Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries, ICIRR, Mia, National Immigration Law Center, National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), National Organization for Women, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), RI4A, Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN), Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), Texas Organizing Project, Ultraviolet, USEU, We Belong Together

Press Conference and Peaceful Civil Disobedience Action Details:

Visuals: 

*83 people holding white crosses symbolizing the people who have died upon their

 return to their countries. 

*Civil disobedience participants wearing red gloves symbolizing the

  blood President Obama has in his hands for deporting to their death Central

  American refugees.

*Banners and signs and participants chanting and signing

DATE: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

TIME: 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: In front of the White House (Lafayette Park side)

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