FILIPINO-AMERICAN WOMEN TO MARCH FOR WORKERS AND IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ON MAY 1
On this May 1st, Filipina-American women are taking a stand for immigrants’ rights across the nation. In the light of the Schumer Bill, that will enforce a stricter identification system in the United States and the current passing of SB1070 in Arizona, a law that will allow police to racially profile and criminalize immigrants, GABRIELA USA’s mothers and daughters will march with thousands of other immigrants to fight for legalization for all. For the Filipino community, immigration is a focal point and issue for Filipino families nationally, there are an estimated 4 million Filipinos in the United States, including an estimated 1 million undocumented Filipinos. The majority of Filipinos migrate to the United States through family visa sponsorship, but are often subjected to wait periods of 10 to 15 years for their petitions to be processed and to be reunited with their loved ones.
“We should not have to live in fear of being escapegoated or being seperated from our families, when Filipinas contribute so much to our society– caring for the sick and elderly, educating our future leaders, and contributing in all aspects of this society. We are not criminals, we are women workers and professionals trying to sustain our families,” stated Raquel Redondiez, chairwoman of GABRIELA USA.
GABRIELA USA endorses the National “Unity Statement of the Filipino Community on Immigrant Rights” in coordination with BAYAN USA and National Alliance for Filipino Concerns. It is attached below for further reading.
LEGALIZATION FOR ALL!
FAMILY REUNIFICATION !
For more information on May 1st Actions please contact:
Media Contact: Raquel Redondiez – (415) 244-9734
Assembly point: 12 noon- 24th and Mission, San Francisco
Pinay sa Seattle
Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE)
Media Contact: Cris Hilo – (818) 281-3134
Assembly Point: 11:30 am on the south side of Union Square, along East 14th Street near Broadway, in Manhattan.