April 22, 2021
Poor People’s Campaign demands respect, dignity & rights for all immigrants
WHAT: Immigration Moral Monday/Lunes Moral: A Moral Monday dedicated to respect, dignity and rights for all immigrants. From ending the militarization of immigration and border enforcement to the repeal of mandatory detention, deportation, child detention and family separation, to ensuring full access to public welfare and social programs and permanent protections for ALL 11 million undocumented immigrants, we are coming together to say that everybody has the right to live and thrive in this country.
WHO: Leaders from the frontlines of immigrant rights struggles across the nation who are fighting for dignity, protection and full human rights, along with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
WHEN: 3 p.m. ET/noon PT Monday, April 26
WHERE: Online at www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/livestream
WHY: Immigrant rights are human rights and our nation’s dehumanizing and violent immigration system embodies the five interlocking injustices of systemic racism, systemic poverty, the war economy/militarism, ecological devastation/denial of healthcare and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. We demand a transformation of our broken immigration system with just and comprehensive immigration reform. Many immigrants are among the 140 million poor and low-income people in this country. Even while on the front lines of the pandemic, immigrant workers have been denied access to health care. Immigrants are more likely to live and work in polluted communities and face disproportionate police violence. The southern border is now the most militarized area of the nation — a laboratory for deportations, detention, and militarized law enforcement that is then exported across the country.
**This event will be Spanish-language interpreted, ASL interpreted & captioned.**
BACKGROUND: Nationally, more than 140 million poor and low-income people live in the United States, or 43% of the country’s population, and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic, and 250,000 die each year from poverty. Among those 140 million people are: 52.2% or 39 million children (below 18); 41.9% or 21 million elders (above 65); 42.6% or 65.8 million men; 45% or 74.2 million women; 60.4% or 26 million Black people; 64.1% or 38 million Latinx people; 40.8% or 8 million Asian people; 58.9% or 2.14 million Native/Indigenous people; 33.5% or 66 million white people. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, with organizing committees in 45 states, is building a moral fusion movement to address the five interlocking injustices of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism and a distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. Our demands are reflected in our Jubilee Platform.
CONTACT: Martha Waggoner | firstname.lastname@example.org | 919-295-0802