Saturday, April 6, 2013

Rally for Immigration Reform, Today!

This is where I'll be today... Honored to be a part of this.  We'll start at Faneuil Hall in Boston, and march to the JFK Federal Building. Facebook event page LINK.

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM  Rocio Saenz, President of SEIU Local 615
Rocio Sáenz is President of SEIU Local 615, which represents 18,000 property service workers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.  Rocio has been fighting for worker rights and community empowerment most of her adult life.  Rocio will discuss the national framework for the immigration reform campaign and the importance of the April 6th event in Boston as a kickoff to an April 10th event in Washington, DC and other future events. 

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino (staff member spoke in his stead)

United States Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III

Uncertainty and Isolation presentation by Ciara Lavery, Member of Irish International Immigrant Center
Family Separation presentation by Ciara Lavery, Member of Irish International Immigrant Center. Ciara came to this country from Ireland at the age of 19 and spent more than a decade as an undocumented immigrant. She will discuss the high emotional and personal cost of being separated from one’s family, living with the idea that reconnection with family means leaving the life built in America behind and the uncertainty and isolation of the modern undocumented immigrant.

DACA story by Enos Mullings, member of Essex County Community Organization
Enos was born in the Bahamas but is of Jamaican descent. While in High School, he left his parents behind in New York in search of a better education and opportunities, so he moved to Lynn. He became aware of his status when friends began part time jobs while in school. Now a college graduate and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status holder, he shares the story of how he got where he is today.

Survivor profile by Dora Orellana, member of REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
Dora is a domestic violence survivor. She knows firsthand the fear that comes with being an undocumented immigrant and and being a victim twice – the first at the hand of her abuser, the second due to a broken system that could deport her.

Family Separation by Antonia Cordova, Executive Board Member of SEIU Local 615
Antonia, a leader within the SEIU 615 Local, will provide testimony from her personal experience listening to her daughter grow up over the phone, rather than in person.  She will share her story on missing out on the formative years of her daughter’s childhood.

Rocio Saenz, President of SEIU Local 615
Rocio will give closing remarks on the importance of what we have heard and stress the need to remain engaged and that more immigration reform events will come.  Attendees will be prepared to march to the Federal Building, site of immigration courts and detention proceedings.

Marching Through Streets of Boston to Federal Building

Closing Remarks and Prayer, Reverend Lara Hoke, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover
Reverend Lara Hoke is a Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Board member in addition to serving as Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover. She is an advocate on a variety of issues including issues of peace-making; environmental justice; anti-racism; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. Reverend Hoke will give closing remarks and a closing prayer prior to flowers being laid at the entrance of the JFK Federal Building.

Flowers Laid by Marchers – End Program

Addendum:  Link to Boston Globe article on the rally.