Boston, MA — Immigrants and allies, faith leaders, elected officials will rally at Faneuil Hall on Wednesday, December 6 at 4 p.m. in solidarity with the massive “DEFEND OUR IMMIGRANT FAMILIES” mobilization taking place the same day in Washington, D.C. The mobilization has inspired tens of thousands to descend on Washington with echo actions, rallies and events across the country. Motivated by the Trump administration’s ongoing attacks on immigrant families, thousands will demand that Congress make good on its promises to pass a clean Dream Act and protect Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries before the end of the year.
WHAT: DEFEND OUR IMMIGRANT FAMILIES Rally
WHEN: Wednesday, DEC. 6 at 4pm
WHERE: In Front of Faneuil Hall, 4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109
WHO: Local TPS holders and DACA recipients will be joined by local elected officials and community allies. The following organizations will be present and are co-sponsoring the event: SEIU 32BJ, Agencia Alpha, The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), The American Muslim Center, Chelsea Collaborative, Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Fight for $15 MA, Haitian Americans United, La Comunidad. Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA), Jobs with Justice (JwJ), Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN), Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, The New England Jewish Labor Committee, The Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network, SEIU 509 (Service Employees International Union), The Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), TPS Comité de MA and The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
BACKGROUND: Immigrant communities have been confronting a series of attacks and setbacks, particularly the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians and Nicaraguans during the past few months. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of other TPS holders still face uncertainty as the renewal deadlines loom. Congress can pass the Dream Act for immigrant youth and a solution for the 300,000 TPS holders, including 12,000 in Massachusetts, who have long made America their home.
Immigrant activists have been building momentum throughout the year with a series of marches and Congressional actions aimed at raising the voices of more than a million immigrants working and studying here with temporary working permits. Tens of thousands will rally on Capitol Hill to continue putting pressure on Congress to include provisions that protect immigrant families.
With 163,000 members in eleven states and Washington, D.C., 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country and one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country.
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