On December 18th Families for Freedom marched with immigrant and worker rights groups and the Occupy movement to highlight the importance of immigrants within the 99%, protest anti-immigrant laws across the country, and take on Wall Street's construction of private, for-profit immigration prisons and wage theft from immigrant workers. We along with members of the Immigrant Worker Justice Working Group of Occupy Wall Street, immigrants and allies held our first major
mobilization with hundreds of people: a rally and march from Foley Square, which featured a diverse array of music, dance, and street theater which culminated in a multi-lingual General Assembly at Zuccotti Park.
On International Migrants Day, under the banner of #ImmigrantsOccupy/#D18, demonstrators highlighted the role of
large financial institutions like Wells Fargo in promoting for-profit immigration prisons along with increasingly harsh policies to fill those prisons. Marchers also challenged Wall Street's demand for ever-increasing profits which has created a wage-theft epidemic affecting immigrant workers of color throughout corporate supply chains.
Families for Freedom Member Jane Liu speaks out against deportations
The #ImmigrantsOccupy/#D18 march came on the heels of Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Arizona’s appeal of a decision blocking much of that state’s racist anti-immigrant law, and comes as advocates battle similar legislation in states around the country, including Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Utah – laws that have already torn immigrant families apart, wreaked havoc on local economies, and made immigrant workers even more vulnerable to wage theft and exploitation.
Families for Freedom member Carla Rice-Mata was featured in the Daily News and other outlets talking about the impact of her husband's deportation and the inspiration that Occupy Wall St gives her.
Read the article here.
Check out the Immigrant Worker Justice Working Group page to get involved and for more press about the march.
Check out the video below to hear FFF organizer Donald Anthonyson speaking about private detention & GEO & CCA profits