Category: CHAMPIONS

Tell your Representatives that you want immigration reform, now!

Alesia Lucas

March 18, 2013 at 12:00 am

Tomorrow is the final day of National Call-in week for immigration reform.  We need everyone to call their representatives and urge them to support immigration reform that keeps families together and creates a reasonable pathway to citizenship. We have the chance to fix our country’s broken immigration system which has torn apart so many people […]

A Great Day as VAWA is Reauthorized

Community Change

March 7, 2013 at 12:00 am

Today, President Obama reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), expanding protection to immigrants, LGBT individuals and Native Americans.  At the bill signing, President Obama spoke of when the bill was first passed in 1994, saying, “It didn’t just change the rules—it changed our culture.”  He described how VAWA started a conversation about domestic abuse […]

A Bus Tour, Full of Stories and Strength

Emily Gelbaum

March 5, 2013 at 12:00 am

Last week, the National Keeping Families Together Bus Tour launched from Chicago, IL carrying families and individuals directly impacted by the current immigration system. The bus riders are calling on legislators and the American public to support just and humane immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship and keeps families together. These incredible events […]

The Immigrant Community Comes Together

Jingru Huang

March 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

Leaders of the Asian Pacific American community are supporting the Keeping Families Together mission. Comprehensive immigration reform is essential because families should never be separated. When mentioning the “undocumented immigrants”, people usually think of Latinos. 90% of Asian immigrants come to the United States through family-based immigration visas, so the biggest problem that Asian immigrants […]

Immigrants to Yale, “We aren’t Guinea pigs!”

Alesia Lucas

February 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

Yale recently suspended plans to create a center in conjunction with the Department of Defense that would train U.S. soldiers in the art of interrogation by using immigrants as their guinea pigs. The basis of this center raises serious ethical and moral questions. Although Yale has suspended their plans, a program like this shouldn’t get […]

Alone on Valentine’s Day Because Of Deportation

Alesia Lucas

February 15, 2013 at 12:00 am

In December the Fair Immigration Reform Movement launched the Keeping Families Together campaign, the campaign collects the countless stories of families split because of our broken immigration system. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, a day where people spend time with their loved ones.  Imagine having to spend a holiday all about love without your sweetheart. Since […]

Making Minimum Wage a Living Wage

Alesia Lucas

February 13, 2013 at 12:00 am

Overall, 77% of those who watched The State of the Union Address were pleased with what the President had to say.  It was a passionate plea and directive to the Congress and the American public. One of the most popular pieces on social media sites was the President’s remarks on increasing the federal minimum wage. […]

Immigration and LGBT Advocates

Alesia Lucas

February 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

When two Portland women renewed their vows in Oregon, living as a mixed-status couple, the moment was impactful for more than one reason.  The couple renewed their vows to illustrate interconnectivity of the immigrant and LGBT rights movement. Deepak Bhargava, Executive director of the Center for Community Change, has been speaking about the similarities between […]

The OFA Takes a Page from Keeping Families Together

Alesia Lucas

February 7, 2013 at 12:00 am

With President Obama’s second term in full swing his former campaign organization has decided to take on immigration reform.  Taking a page from the Keeping Families Together Campaign, The Obama For America organization has sent out a heartfelt plea to the immigrant community. Through the words of Jose Magana, a DREAMer, the OFA is looking […]

An Eye-Opener of a Week for Me

Community Change

February 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

I’ve been volunteering at the Latino Student Fund (LSF), a local nonprofit in Washington, DC, that provides “academic support to at-risk and underprivileged Latino youth,” for nearly two years. And it never dawned on me until this week that some of my students and their families may be suffering under our current broken immigration system. […]

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