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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

Tell Sen. Chuck Schumer that you want him to invite a Latino undocumented worker to the next hearing

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

Tell Sen. Schumer:

Let an undocumented Latino worker speak

Dear Friend, 

Yesterday, my 66-year-old mother was jailed. She attended a Senate hearing on immigration reform where not a single Latino immigrant was given an opportunity to testify.

As Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano took the microphone, my mother stood up and called for an end to the deportations that tear apart our families. I am so proud of her bravery. But for this, my mother was detained for more than eight hours.

Sen. Schumer is responsible for pushing immigration reform through the Senate. If enough of us stand together, we can force him to fight for the day laborers, domestic workers, farm workers, and the many more undocumented Latino workers like us who are the lifeblood of this country.

Tell Sen. Chuck Schumer, chair of the Immigration Subcommittee, that you want him to invite an undocumented Latino worker to the next hearing.

My mother is a community leader working with the National Domestic Workers' Alliance.1 She started to organize after she worked 16-hour days as a healthcare worker, often working through weekends and sleeping on couches. For this, she got paid $1,000 a month. There are millions of other workers like her who deserve to be legalized and become citizens of this country—all 11 million of us.2

As we sat through the committee hearing yesterday, we were saddened to hear senators who are supposed to represent us not take our voices into account. We're the people who are going to be most affected by immigration reform.2 We should have a voice when people are called to testify about this issue.

From past experience we know that Sen. Schumer is really sensitive about his image. If over 10,000 of you call on Sen. Schumer to invite an undocumented Latino worker to testify before the Senate, we'll do an in-person delivery. If he doesn't act, we'll make sure the media knows he's responsible for excluding people like my mother from the immigration reform conversation.

Tell Sen. Schumer that you want him to invite an undocumented Latino worker to the next hearing.

My mother risked everything to make her voice heard. Now, she needs your help to ensure that it is.

Thanks and ¡adelante!
Claudia, from Mujeres Unidas y Activas in San Francisco,
& Ana, Erick, Gabriela and the rest of the Presente.org Team

Sources:

1. National Domestic Workers Alliance
2. "Who's Left Out?Presente.org, Feb. 11, 2013.
3. Mujeres Unidas Y Activas