THIS MOTHER’S DAY, WE WILL NOT BE SILENT ABOUT ARIZONA

A Mother's Day Message from National Domestic Workers Alliance and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network

SB 1070 in Arizona will have a devastating effect on the people of Arizona, and women and children will be at the front lines of this crisis.

Women are the backbone of our communities; they are the glue that holds us together. Women care for our families, and they are primary and co-primary income earners, community leaders, and models for the next generation. With the passage of this new law, women in Arizona will be the target of racial profiling, searches and seizures, and police harassment. Law enforcement will have free reign to detain and disappear mothers, and separate families for their mere presence in the state.  Every time they walk their children to school, buy food, go to work, visit a local health clinic or attend church on a Sunday, they will risk permanent separation from their children and families.

This assault on immigrant communities is also an assault on the legacy of the women’s movement to break the code of silence surrounding violence against women, because they will be afraid of reporting all crimes, including hate crimes and violent acts against women and their children. Women in unsafe situations, such as sexual assault and domestic violence, will not report out of fear of deportation. Specifically, we are concerned about the physical, psychological, and verbal abuses by law enforcement once women are detained and incarcerated. Arizona has declared open season on women of color.

Still, women in Arizona are courageously organizing, marching, and standing up against this violence. On Monday they will march with their children to the capital to call for federal intervention against the State of Arizona, a repeal of SB 1070 and an end to 287G and other measures allowing state and local enforcement of federal immigration laws. A movement of women is rising in Arizona.

The original Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870 reads:

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

SB 1070 is an act of violence against women. We call upon women around the country this Mother’s Day to stand with us for an end to the violence and attacks against women and families. 

On May 9 and 10 women leaders from across the country are participating in an Emergency Women's Human Rights Delegation to Arizona. They will listen to the stories of women from migratory families in order to learn about and record the impact of SB 1070 on women and children. The delegation will join the Mother's Day March on Monday, May 10 at 8:30 am from St. Matthew's Church to the Capitol in Phoenix. Their findings will be announced at a press conference later that day. In addition, a report of the findings will be sent to the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues and First Lady Michelle Obama. At the same time, groups across the country will organize Mother's Day events about SB 1070, to mobilize women to the May 29 March to Stop the Hate in Phoenix. Join the movement of women coming together to stop SB 1070.  To stand with women in Arizona, go to www.altoarizona.com to:

1) Sign the following petition to the leaders of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. 

2) Mobilize on May 29 for the National Day of Action Against SB 1070 in Phoenix Arizona

3) Organize local campaigns to end policies in your locality that allow for local police and immigration collaboration and open the door for policies like SB1070. 

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To: Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues 

Co-Chair, Rep. Jan SchakowskyCo-Chair, Mary FallinVice-Chair, Gwendolynne MooreVice-Chair, Kay Granger

The passage of SB 1070 in Arizona is having a devastating effect on the people of Arizona, and women and children are on the front lines.  With the passage of this new law, local law enforcement will have free reign to detain and disappear mothers and to separate families.  Every time they walk their children to school or go to work, women in Arizona risk deportation or permanent separation from their children and families. We are concerned about the physical, psychological, and verbal abuses by law enforcement once women are detained and incarcerated. Furthermore, women in unsafe situations, such as sexual assault and domestic violence will not report out of fear of deportation. But the women of Arizona are speaking up and are not alone. Women around the country are standing with them. In honor of Mother's Day we call on women in Congress to take action against SB1070.

Signatories include: Gloria Steinem, Barbara Ehrenreich, Ellen Bravo of the Family Values at Work Consortium, Linda Meric of 9to5 National Association of Working Women and many more. . .