For months, immigrant families in Alabama — including many domestic workers and their families — have been living in fear. Under Alabama law HB56, families risk separation, deportation, and detention for simply going to work, school, or the grocery store.
In these dark days, the children and youth of Alabama need our support. Please join the National Domestic Workers Alliance in a children’s letter-writing campaign to give them strength as they organize against this unjust law!
We Belong Together is an initiative of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and others, to bring attention to the ways in which unjust immigration laws affect women, children and families. In the fall of 2011, as part of the We Belong Together Wish for the Holidays campaign, thousands of children around the US wrote letters to President Obama and Members of Congress, voicing one united wish: an end to deportations and detentions so that all families and communities can stay together. The letters were powerful and moving, and in December we delivered them to Washington.
This month, We Belong Together is planning a delegation to Alabama to hear about the experiences of women and children under HB56, the most aggressive state-level anti-immigrant law. And we want to bring the voices of young people with us.
Will you coordinate the children in your life to write letters of support to young people in Alabama? Help us gather hundreds of letters so that children in Alabama’s immigrant communities know we’re supporting them. We will use this opportunity to continue building our network of young people across the country who are speaking out for immigrant rights.
All of the materials you need to get started can be found here, in both English and Spanish. The materials include background information on HB56, and ideas of how to discuss these issues with children. Please note that the timeline on this project is short! You will need to mail your letters to us by March 13 so we can take them on our delegation.
A Wish for the Holidays demonstrated that young people are powerful, articulate, impassioned and clear in speaking out against injustice. Let’s continue to help these voices be heard!
Ai-jen Poo, Director,
National Domestic Workers Alliance
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