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Thousands to Rally at Supreme Court Steps for President’s Immigration Action

For Planning Purposes: Monday, April 11, 2016
Contact: Carlos Vogel, 202-239-2133, cvogel@communitychange.org

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

APRIL 18, MONDAY

Rally at Supreme Court at 9:00AM

20+ Echo Actions

#FightForFamilies

FIRM Leaders and Supporters Rally for DAPA and DACA+ at Supreme Court and Across 20+ Cities

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, April 18, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), along with thousands of families and advocates will gather at the U.S. Supreme Court to show their support for President Obama’s immigration executive action. The Court will be hearing oral argument on the deferred action initiatives, DAPA and expanded DACA.

Members of Congress, elected officials, and community, civil rights and labor leaders will join families eligible for deferred action and thousands more to send a strong message in defense of the president’s immigration action.

As leaders and supporters call on the justices to lift the block against the initiatives at the steps of the Supreme Court, more than twenty cities will be holding actions to echo their call and urge elected leaders to champion these lawful immigration programs.

WHAT:           The Fair Immigration reform Movement “Fight for Families” Rally at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the president’s immigration initiatives; echo actions in more than 20 cities across the country.

WHEN:          April 18, Monday, at 9 AM (U.S. Supreme Court steps)

WHERE:        U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First St NE, Washington, DC 20543

                        For a complete list of the echo actions and their location and time, visit fightforfamilies.org.

WHO:           The Fair Immigration reform Movement (FIRM), DAPA/DACA-eligible families, members of Congress, city elected officials, and labor, community and civil rights leaders.

Performances by Howard University choir and others.

Fair Immigration Reform Movement Part of Powerful Coalition Launching Immigrant Voter Campaign

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 10, 2016

Contact: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@cccaction.org; Donna De La Cruz, (202) 339-9331, ddelacruz@cccaction.org

Millions Have Been Committed to Register and Mobilize Voters

(WASHINGTON) —The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) announced today it is part of a powerful coalition aimed at registering and mobilizing millions of immigrant voters, particularly in the key states of Colorado, Nevada and Florida.

FIRM, with its member organizations the Center for Community Change Action (CCCAction), Florida Immigrant Action Committee, Colorado People’s Action, CIRC Action Fund and PLAN Action Nevada, are joining with America’s Voice and the Latino Victory Project to launch the multi-million dollar “Families Fighting Back” campaign, which officially launched today with commitments of millions to fund the effort.

The coalition will work at the national level and in the three states with local partners to not only register and mobilize voters, but to define candidates by their positions on immigration and make sure voters know who stands with immigrants and who stands against them.

“The extremely hateful and dangerous rhetoric coming from some Republican presidential candidates has raised the stakes this election and the immigrant rights movement is once again rising to the call to defeat any candidate who embraces racism and harmful immigration policies,” said FIRM spokesperson Sulma Arias. “There will be 27.3 million Latinos eligible to vote this November and we will make sure they show up on Election Day.”

“Latinos and immigrants will vote in unprecedented numbers because their families are at stake,” stated Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Action Committee. “The villains in this story are all those who seek to divide us: politicians who dehumanize immigrant families to score political points; hate-mongers panicked by demographic shifts; and corporations who profit from the detention of our family members. We will be sending a clear message when we vote that we will stand up for our families, our friends, our communities. It has never been more important to naturalize, register, and vote.  It has never been more crucial to get politically active in every way possible.”

“The 2016 general election is a referendum on many critical issues that will determine opportunity and family unity for millions of immigrants, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Islander communities,” said Alex Alvarado, Treasurer for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Action Fund (CIRC Action Fund). “We are ready to mobilize tens of thousands of New American voters in Colorado to stand up to hate and division, and instead endorse a welcoming, inclusive, and prosperous future for the country.”

Also as part of this effort, CCCAction is launching the Immigrant Voters Win Super Pac to raise the voices of pro-immigrant voters by registering and mobilizing them on Election Day.

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is the nations largest immigrant-rights coalition, with grassroots organizations in more than 40 states fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. For more information, go to www.fairimmigration.org or follow us on Twitter @Re4mImmigration.

Anti-immigrant, Anti-brown, Anti-black Trump Ascendant on Super Tuesday – Families Prepare to Fight Back

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
CONTACT: Carlos Vogel, (202) 239-2133, cvogel@cccaction.org

 

(WASHINGTON)–The following statement is from Sulma Arias, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) in response to the results of Super Tuesday primaries.

“In the face of Donald Trump’s victories tonight, our movement stands united and pledges to lock arms with every person in America who believes America is better than this. We harken back to the most important line of a song which once helped bring this country together to end segregation: We Are Not Afraid.

“Trump’s extraordinary bombast throughout the campaign, including calling some Mexican immigrants rapists, urging a ban on Muslims entering the country, calling for the massive deportation of 11 million hardworking immigrants, repealing DACA, ending birthright citizenship, and most recently refusing to disavow the support of David Duke–a white supremacist who once led the Ku Klux Klan–is inspiring immigrant voters, Latinos, African-Americans and justice loving allies in every corner to rise to the challenge of this debate.

“Many in the GOP establishment were squealing in the last days at the prospect of Donald Trump as their nominee. But they have none to blame but themselves. They could have stood up with courage to the worst elements of their base and passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would have put this issue to rest and instead they catered to racists and restrictionists.  For decades they pursued policies to exclude women, people of color, immigrants and members of the LGBT community, to the point where they now can be apparently captured by nearly open appeal to white supremacy.

“Trump’s vitriol has been a wake-up call for young immigrants and it is inspiring them to get more politically active. There will be 27.3 million Latino eligible voters this November and Millennials make up almost half of that. The American electorate is changing rapidly. The Republican Party is not. Its obstructionist, segregationist approach to immigration reform and racial justice issues will alienate Latinos, Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and other immigrant voters in 2016 and for the foreseeable future, particularly if Trump is at the top of the ticket.

“This is not the fight America should be having, but our families will fight back and we will win.”

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