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MEDIA ADVISORY

Mother's Day Rallies in DC, Nationwide to Call for End to Immigrant Family Separation, Child Detention
Sister rallies scheduled in Texas, Florida, New York, Maine, California, Colorado, Vermont, New Hampshire, Washington, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Alaska

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/6/19) - On Mother's Day, May 12, the Alliance for Family Reunification, Immigrant Justice Now, Military Families for Families, and MamásConPoder/MomsRising, along with their coalition partners* will hold a #MotherofExiles rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to call for an end to immigrant family separation and child detention.

[NOTE: The Statue of Liberty is also known as the "Mother of Exiles" based on the iconic Emma Lazarus poem, "The New Colossus."] 

SIGN THE PETITION: End Immigrant Family Separations and Child Detention Centers

SEE: MOTHER'S DAY RALLIES FACT SHEET
https://tinyurl.com/MothersDayRallyFactSheet

FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: Trump administration has separated hundreds of children from their migrant families since 2018

LIVE STREAMING - The D.C. Rally Will Be Livestreamed at: https://www.facebook.com/militaryfamiliesforfamilies/

WHAT: Mother's Day Rally for End to Immigrant Family Separation, Child Detention
WHEN: Sunday, May 12, Noon-2 p.m.
WHERE: Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Amy Toran Perry, Military Families for Families, (915) 328-4509, militaryfamiliesforfamilies@gmail.com, Rhonda Reese, Alliance for Family Reunification, (571)247-1868,media@familyreunification.us
FACEBOOK PAGEhttps://www.facebook.com/events/2187281868190704/

* National co-sponsors of the rallies include Immigrant Justice Now, MamásConPoder/MomsRising, Faith in Public Life, Mormon Women for Ethical Government, Public Citizen, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Military Families Mobilize, and others.

TO JOIN OR ORGANIZE A RALLY, GO TO: https://mothersdayrally.com/

Speakers at the Capitol Hill rally will include Francine Tatu, descendant of Japanese-American internees; Ingrid Vaca, MamásConPoder/MomsRising; Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life; Julie Schwietert Collazo, co-founder of Immigrant Families Together; Rafiah Jones of Grannies Respond; and others impacted by this humanitarian crisis.

Sister rallies are scheduled nationwide in Texas (Dallas, Austin, El Paso, Brownsville, McAllen, Corpus Christi), New York (Albany), Florida (St. Petersburg, Homestead), Maine (Waterville), Vermont (Lyndonville), Colorado (Denver), California (Ventura), Washington (Orcas Island, Seattle), New Hampshire (Milford), Connecticut (New Haven), Minnesota (St. Paul), Alaska (Juneau), and others.

SEE: Mother's Day Rallies to End Family Separation and Detention
https://mothersdayrally.com/events

In a statement, Military Families for Families spokesperson Amy Toran Perry said:

"Senator Dick Durbin recently reported from an El Paso, Texas, detention center: 'One of the women's cells had a sign reading 'Capacity: 16.' I counted about 75 women in the cell. Some mouthed the word 'help' as they made eye contact through the window. Some are mothers nursing their babies.'

"We know that children are still separated from their families. About 15,000 migrant kids are still being held in detention -- which is essentially prison. This Mother's Day we stand in solidarity with immigrant mothers and their children. Join us in calling on Congress to ensure that asylum seekers are given due process, and all children and families are treated with dignity and respect!"

The Alliance for Family Reunification is a non-partisan coalition of concerned individuals and organizations seeking the immediate and transparent reunification of families separated at the border.

SEE: https://www.facebook.com/The-Alliance-for-Family-Reunification-814074062325539/

Military Families for Families is a coalition of military families that opposes family separation and child detention.

SEE: https://www.facebook.com/militaryfamiliesforfamilies/

Immigrant Justice Now: 
https://www.immigrantjusticenow.org/our-vision

MamásConPoder/MomsRising:
https://www.momsrising.org/
https://www.mamasconpoder.org/

BACKGROUNDERS:

John F. Kelly joins board of contractor running shelters for migrants
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/john-kelly-joins-board-joins-board-of-contractor-running-shelter-for-migrant-teens/2019/05/04/e28000fc-6e87-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html

Court Orders Administration to Identify Separated Migrant Children Within 6 Months
https://www.npr.org/2019/04/26/717380923/court-orders-administration-to-identify-separated-migrant-children-within-6-mont

How many migrant children are detained in US custody?
https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2018/dec/22/migrant-children-us-custody

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MEDIA ADVISORY

#MotherofExiles Coalition to Hold Mother's Day Rally in DC for End to Immigrant Family Separation, Child Detention

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/15/19) - On Mother's Day, May 12, the Alliance for Family Reunification, Military Families for Families, Immigrant Justice Now and their coalition partners will hold a #MotherofExiles rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to call for an end to immigrant family separation and child detention. Sister rallies are planned nationwide on Mother's Day.

[NOTE: The Statue of Liberty is also known as the "Mother of Exiles" based on the iconic Emma Lazarus poem, "The New Colossus."]

WHAT: Mother's Day Rally for End to Immigrant Family Separation, Child Detention
WHEN: Sunday, May 12, Noon-2 p.m.
WHERE: Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: Amy Toran, Military Families for Families, (915) 328-4509, militaryfamiliesforfamilies@gmail.com, Rhonda Reese, Alliance for Family Reunification, (571)247-1868, media@familyreunification.us
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/2187281868190704/

In a statement, event organizers said:

"Children have been and are still being separated from their parents. Thousands of children are being held in detention centers around the country---- more than 2,000 teens are imprisoned in Homestead, Florida alone. This is an ongoing humanitarian crisis and these families must be treated with dignity and compassion. Start a conversation. Take action."

SEE: https://mothersdayrally.com/

The Alliance for Family Reunification is a non-partisan coalition of concerned individuals and organizations seeking the immediate and transparent reunification of families separated at the border.

SEE: https://www.facebook.com/The-Alliance-for-Family-Reunification-814074062325539/

Military Families for Families is a coalition of military families that oppose family separation and child detention and militarization of the border.

SEE: https://www.facebook.com/militaryfamiliesforfamilies/

Immigrant Justice Now: https://www.immigrantjusticenow.org/our-vision

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