RWG is co-hosting this vigil in solidarity with the people of Alabama, TODAY outside the White House at 5:30pm. Come show your support!
**Please Forward Widely
One Family, One D.C.,
One Alabama: Solidarity Vigil
Monday, November 21st
The White House/Lafayette Park
Today in Birmingham the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice will launch its "One Family, One Alabama" campaign to repeal HB56 and “uphold the legacy in the shared struggle for dignity and justice for all.” A congressional delegation will hold hearings on the effect of HB56 on Alabama's residents. Allies across the country will take action to show solidarity.
Join the DC community to show solidarity with Alabama, and to demand that the White House put the full force of the administration against unjust laws like HB56 by urging passage of the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 and ensuring that DHS takes no enforcement action against those arrested under HB56.
In September, parts of Alabama’s anti-immigrant bill went into effect. HB56 is the harshest of the recent state anti-immigrant laws, with provisions that criminalize immigrants, cause racial profiling, and void contracts with all undocumented people in the state. The law has led to a humanitarian crisis where people in Alabama fear sending even U.S. citizen children to school and people are afraid they will lose their homes. The Department of Justice is suing the state on constitutional grounds, but at the same time the Department of Homeland Security is still working with local police through Secure Communities and 287g, encouraging Alabama police to engage in racial profiling.
Please wear white and bring positive messages of family and unity.
Confirmed speakers include: Father Moises Villalta, OFM Cap, Shrine of the Sacred Heart; Margaret Huang, Executive Director, Rights Working Group; Johnny Barnes, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation's Capital; A. Elena Lacayo, Immigration Field Coordinator, National Council on La Raza, among others.
Hosted by: Jobs with Justice, ACLU-NCA, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Rights Working Group, National Council of La Raza, National Immigration Law Center, The New York Immigration Coalition, South Asian Americans Leading Together, Asian American Justice Center, National Immigration Forum, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum.