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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Mamahood is not one size fits all.

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Mothers deserve our love, not imprisonment.

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Will you send a Mother's Day card to mothers in detention today?

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Dear Friend,

How would you feel if your mother was locked up just because she did everything she could to make a better life for herself and her family? These mothers—our mothers—deserve love, not imprisonment. On Mother's Day, mothers deserve our thanks and the warmth of family and loved ones, not a cold detention center.

http://bit.ly/1rwZegi">Click here to send a beautiful card that will be delivered to immigrant mothers in detention.

Unfortunately, prison is all that thousands of immigrant mothers will get for this Mother's Day. They are among the 34,000 immigrants that Congress requires to be locked up. You read that right. It’s called the “detention bed quota” and it's part of a larger struggle as we work to get more immigrant mothers and families out of prison.1

Under the law, many of the mothers locked up have a right to be free and live in the United States, but they will often be imprisoned for months, or even years.2

As one mother in detention explained, “Only God has given me the strength to bear all of this time here.” For her and many other mothers, until they’re forced out or set free, prison is all they’ll get for Mother's Day. That is, unless we step up. 

http://bit.ly/1rwZegi">Fill out a beautiful card that will be delivered to mothers in detention.

We can do something special for immigrant mothers in detention this year. Our sister organization CultureStrike has designed beautiful cards to go out to mothers everywhere. And we’re collaborating with Northwest Detention Center Resistance and Strong Families to print these cards out and deliver them to mothers in detention across the country. Since it takes a lot of time to navigate through the prisons' rules, please complete your card ASAP in order to ensure that they are received by the mothers.

These cards can be a message of hope to mothers who left everything behind to make a better life for themselves and their families. They might just be the difference that gives them the strength to fight through detention and win their freedom in immigration court.3

http://bit.ly/1rwZegi">Please send a message of hope to immigrant mothers in detention this Mother's Day.

Cards will be delivered to detention centers in Washington and Pennsylvania, and maybe in more states depending on the response. Our goal is to send much needed love and hope to mothers who have fled desperate situations and are fearful of having to return to them.4

Your cards will also send a message to our government: This is not the way our country should be treating mothers and families who have come here in search of refuge and a better life. Help send that message now.

http://bit.ly/1rwZegi">Send a card to immigrant mothers in detention today.

Thank you for all you do and ¡adelante!

– Favianna, Matt, Oscar, Erick, and the Presente.org team.

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

Sources:
1. “Detention Quotas.” Detention Watch Network  
2. “Judge's ruling may free immigrant mothers and children from detention.” Los Angeles Times. February 24, 2016. 
3. “Why did this undocumented mom spend more than four years in detention?Fusion. May 8, 2015.  
4. “Women on the run: First hand accounts of refugees fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.” United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. October 29, 2015.