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Immigrant Families Mark Father’s Day with Protests, Other Actions Nationwide

June 12, 2013

LOGOS finalFor Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Immigrant Families Mark Father’s Day with Protests, Other Actions Nationwide

Actions to Remind Congress of the Thousands of Fathers Separated From Their Families 

For millions of immigrant families, Father’s Day is a reminder of the cruel separation of their families at the hands of the broken immigration system. Mass enforcement, detention and deportation continue to tear our families and communities apart.  Every day in the U.S. 1,500 fathers, mothers, children and friends are taken away and locked-up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Immigrant communities across the country will hold “Father’s Day is for Families” actions to remind Congress and the Obama administration that family separations must end now. Family unity must be a vital part of any immigration reform legislation.

Here is a list of more than 25 events sponsored by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement and the Detention Watch Network being held nationwide:

TODAY, June 12th:

Washington, DC

Casa in ACTION, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, United We Dream, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Rally and press conference with fathers facing deportation to call on the president to end deportations. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, expected to participate.

10:30 am start; Rayburn Building.

Contact: kpropeack, 301-379-7461, kpropeack@casamd.org

 

Chicago, IL

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Father’s Day Action–Where is Kirk? : Hundreds of children and families will give Senator Kirk a deadline of when he can come out on Immigration Reform with the message “Who will fill our fathers’ shoes?”

6:30 pm start; Senator Kirk’s Office, Federal Plaza 230 S Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60604

Contact: Rebecca Yemin Shi or Ere Rendon;

Rebecca: 312-576-8032, rshi@icirr.org

Contact: erendon@resurrectionproject.org, 815-715-1577

 

ARKANSAS

 

June 14, 2013

Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkansas United Community Coalition

People of all faith will join in a vigil in Little Rock on June 14th to pray for Arkansas families that have been affected by the immigration system and bringing attention to a Gospel without borders.  Senator Mark Pryor will be in Little Rock.

4:00pm start; First United Methodist Church: 723 Center St. Little Rock, AR 72201

Contact: Mireya Reith, 479-871-2168; director@arkansascoalition.org

 

ARIZONA

 

June 14, 2013

Phoenix, AZ

Promise Arizona, Black/Brown Coalition, AZ CIR Table, Tonatierra and others

Participating families will process from the Maricopa county 4th Ave. Jail to the Federal Courthouse followed by a rally and press conference on June 14th. Women from Promise Arizona will dress in half female, half male clothing to represent the role women play when their male relatives are deported or incarcerated. Rally to highlight Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s anti-immigrant ways.

7:00am start; Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail: 201 S 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

8:15am rally start; U.S. District Court Office, 401 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ

Contact: Tony Navarrette, 602-752-1616, tony@promiseaz.org

 

CALIFORNIA

 

June 13, 2013

Los Angeles, CA

CHIRLA

Families will march from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center to the Twin Towers Correctional Facilities on June 13th with mariachi bands in order to show support for those who are incarcerated and to remind them that the fight is not over.  Family testimonies will also be shared. Partnering organizations include APALC, CARECEN, COFEM, Korean Resource Center, L.A. County Federation of Labor, and SEIU 721, ULTCW & USWW.

11:00 am start; in front of Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center: 535 N Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012; end in front of the Twin Towers Correctional Facilities: 450 Bauchet St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact: Xiomara Corpeno, 213-201-4451, xcorpeno@chirla.org

 

WASHINGTON, DC

 

June 13th, 2013

Washington, DC

Voces de la Frontera

6 Wisconsin children and their parents/guardians will travel to Washington, D.C. To have coffee with the senator (Johnson- R) to deliver Father’s Day cards which explain how they have been affected by the current immigration system and talk about how they are counting on him to keep their and all Wisconsin families together. They will then meet with congressmen Paul Ryan, Sean Duffy, and Reid Ribble; all republicans who are swing targets. To deliver Father’s Day cards and share the same message.

10:00 am start; Ron Johnson’s office in Hart

Contact: Nancy Flores, 608-358-0565

 

FLORIDA

Contact for all Florida events: Kathy Bird, 786-210-9030

 

June 15th, 2013

Lake Worth, FL

Florida Immigrant Coalition

Lake Worth rally

5:00 pm start; 7 N Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, FL

June 15th, 2013

Pompano Beach, FL

Florida Immigrant Coalition member groups, SEIU, 1 Miami

Father’s Day Rally: Our missing fathers need immigration reform, families of current detainees will speak

12:00 pm start; Broward Transitional Center, Pompano Beach, FL

June 15th, 2013

Orlando, FL

FLIC member groups, SEIU, Mi Familia Vota, AFLCIO, AFSCME

Father’s Day Action at ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Office

10:30 am start; ICE ERO Office, 9495 Delegates Drive, Orlando, FL 32837

GEORGIA

 

June 14th, 2013

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Detention Watch          

Evening event (educational, meet-and greet), Catalina from detention Watch Network will be a speaker.

7:00 pm start; GA 414 Oakdale Road NE, Atlanta, GA

Contact: Dianne, atlantaiac@aol.com

 

IDAHO

 

June 17th, 2013

Boise, ID

Idaho CAN

Large postcards will be delivered to Senator Crapo and Senator Risch on June 17th, each containing 11 ties, a traditional Father’s day gift, that represent the 1100 immigrants deported every day.  Families will share their stories and press will be in attendance.

10:00 am start; Offices of Senators Crapo and Risch, 251 E. Front Street, Boise, ID 83702

Contact: Fernando Mejia, 208-830-0313

 

ILLINOIS

 

June 14th, 2013

Broadview, IL

Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition, Sisters of Mercy, Brothers and Sisters of Immigrants, and other members of the religious community

Weekly vigil

7:15 am start; Broadview Detention Center, Broadview, IL

Contact: Sister JoAnn, JPersch@mercywmw.org

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Vigil at the Suffolk County Detention Center to call on Congress, ICE and President Obama to stop the detention and deportation of innocent people.

 2:00pm start: Suffolk County House of Corrections (South Bay), 20 Bradston St., Boston, MA, 02118

Contact: Pedro Portillo, 857-294-8055, pportillo@miracoalition.org

MICHIGAN

 

June 16th, 2013

Dearborn, MI

Michigan United

A Deportation Moratorium Rally will be held on June 15th, focusing on the non-priority fathers who have been deported.

11:00 am start; 16099 Michigan Ave. Dearborn, MI

Contact: Raquel Andersen, 313-595-6492, raquel.garcia.andersen@gmail.com

 

NEW JERSEY

 

June 13th, 2013

Newark, NJ

AFSC NJ

An expected 100 participants will sit on the line at the NJ ICE office in with the message of “stop tearing families apart, stop deportations” on June 13th. Partnering organizations include American Friends Service Committee, Immigrant Rights Program, Wind of the Spirit, IRATE & First Friends, St. James Church, Anakbayan New Jersey, Casa Esperanza, Casa Freehold, SEIU Local 32 BJ, Center for Popular Democracy, the Latino Action Network, Passaic County Committee for Immigrant Rights and Peruvian Americans for Immigrant Rights

10:00 am – 2:00 pm start; in front of NJ ICE office in: 614 Frelinghuysen Ave., Newark, NJ 07112

Contact:  Chia-Chia Wang, AFSC, at (973) 643-1924, CCWang@afsc.org

 

NEVADA

 

Immigration Reform for Nevada

A ‘Dignity Not Detention’ Las Vegas Vigil will be held.

7:00pm start: in front of New York-New York Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, 89109.

Contact: Carlos Silva 702-595-8256, NayaritasLV@gmail.com

NEW YORK

 

June 13th, 2013

Brentwood, NY

Make the Road New York

Father’s Day Vigil: Prayer to take action against the deportation of fathers

4:30 pm start; St. Anne’s Church, 88 2nd Ave Brentwood, NY

Contact: Ana Chireno, 374-866-1094

June 14th, 2013

Manhattan, NY

New York Immigration Coalition

About 75 people are expected to rally in front of the Varick St. Detention Center on June 14th after a week of postings by families about their separated fathers on the blog www.meetmyimmigrantdad.tumblr.com while the New Sanctuary Movement posts pictures of empty shoes of separated fathers.  The event will be using the hash tags #meetmyimmigrantdad and #myfathersshoes.

12:00pm start; in front of the Varick Street Detention Center: 201 Varick Street, Manhattan, New York 10014

Contact: Ana Chireno, 374-866-1094

June 14th, 2013

New York, NY

Families for Freedom, Migrant Power Alliance

Action in front of Schumer’s office: Children of Fathers detained or deported and their allies will stage a protest and release balloons symbolizing the thousands of fathers banished from their homes.

4:00 pm start; 780 Third Avenue, New York, NY

Contact: Esther, esther@familiesforfreedom.org

OREGON

 

June 17th, 2013

Portland, OR

Causa

A vigil will be held on June 17th to raise awareness of the implications of deported fathers on families with attendees representing the faith community, labor movement, the business community and other communities of color.  Families will share their immigration stories. Partnering organizations include the Oregon New Sanctuary Movement, Vecinos en Alerta, Colonia Libertad, AFL-CIO, SEIU, the Oregon Dream Activists, and the Oregon DREAMers.

6:00pm start; in front of the Portland ICE office: 511 Northwest Broadway, meet at the park on the corner of Park and Glisen, Portland, OR 97209

Contact: Jose Silverman, 503-949-8336, jose@causaoregon.org

TEXAS

 

June 15th, 2013

Austin, TX

Texans United For Families, Grassroots Leadership

Father’s Day Caravan to Close the Polk County Detention Center (Departs from Austin), 8:00 a.m. press conference as caravan departs, rally, protest, speakers at the Detention Center, livestream

8:00 am start; meeting at 4700 Grover, Austin, TX at 8:00AM to get on the bus

Contact: Matt Gossage, 512-669-9968, matthewgossage@hotmail.com

Houston, TX

Texans United for Families, Grassroots Leadership Fathers Day Caravan to Close Polk County Detention Center (Departs from Houston)

10:15 am Houston Caravan Departure, meeting at Dominican Sisters Compound, 6501 Almeda, Houston, TX 77021

 Contact: Dave Kalloor, dkagape@gmail.com, 713-444-6260

Livingston, TX

Texans United For Families, Grassroots Leadership

Father’s Day rally, protest, and speakers at the Polk County Detention Center to demand its closure. livestream

1:00 pm start; IAH Polk County Secure Adult Detention Center, 3400 FM

350 South  Livingston, TX, 77351

Contact: Matt Gossage, 512-669-9968, matthewgossage@hotmail.com

WASHINGTON STATE

 

June 17th, 2013

Yakima, WA

One America, SEIU

Community members led by OA and SEIU will gather in front of Rep. Hasting’ office to have a candle vigil and rally to demand stop deportations and a YES vote on Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship.

6:00 pm start; Rep. Hasting’s Office, 402 E. Yakima Avenue, Suite 760, Yakima, WA

Contact: Ricardo Rodriguez, 262-716-3431

June 17th, 2013

Pasco, WA

One America, SEIU

Community members led by OA and SEIU will gather in front of Rep. Hasting’ office to have a candle vigil and rally to demand stop deportations and a YES vote on Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship.

6:00 pm start; Rep. Hastings Office 2715 St. Andrews Loop, Suite D, Pasco, WA

Contact: Juanita Soto, 509-949-8411

June 15th, 2013

Walla Walla, WA

 

One America, SEIU

Walla Walla, WA

Community members led by OA and SEIU will gather in front of Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ office to have a candle vigil and rally to demand stop deportations and a YES vote on Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship.

8:00 pm start; McMorris Rodgers’ Office, Walla Walla, WA

Contact: Mary Lopez, 509-386-3525

June 17th, 2013

Spokane, WA

One America, SEIU

Community members led by OA and SEIU will gather in front of Rep. Hasting” office to have a candle vigil and rally to demand stop deportations and a YES vote on Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship.

6:00 pm start; Katy McMorrison’s Office, Spokane, WA

Contact: Lucia Vasquez, 425-319-0242

June 14th, 2013

Wenatchee, WA

One America, Grupo Cafe, SEIU, Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church

OneAmerica, Grupo Café, SEIU and the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church will have Educational Fair on immigration reform and a vigil and walk to ask for a reform with a path to citizenship.

2:00 pm start; Convention Center, Wenatchee, WA

Contact: Alma Chacon, 509-630-3315

June 17th, 2013

Vancouver, WA

One America, SEIU

Community members led by OA and SEIU will gather in front of Rep. Herrera-Buttler’ office to rally and demand stop deportations and a YES vote on Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship.

7:30 pm start; Herrera Buttler’s Office 750 Anderson Street, Suite B Vancouver, WA

Contact: Rick Covington, 360-253-2874

June 17th, 2013

Mt. Vernon, WA

One America, SEIU

Community members led by OA and SEIU will gather at this busy intersection to have a candle vigil and rally to demand stop deportations and a YES vote on Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship.

8:00 pm start; Riverside and College Way, Mt Vernon, WA

Contact: Sara Bishop, 206-452-8413

WISCONSIN

 

June 14th, 2013

Milwaukee, WI

Voces de La Frontera

Children and faith leaders will gather for song and prayer in front of Senator Ron Johnson’s office on June 14th.  They will then deliver homemade Father’s day letters to emphasize that the children are without a father to celebrate with and they need their fathers in their lives now.  WNIRR is also partnering with Voces.

2:00pm start; Ron Johnson’s office building: 517 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53221.

Contact: Nancy Flores, (608) 358-0565, statewideorganizer.voces@gmail.com

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