20 March 2014
Minnesota immigrant leaders will participate in a 24-hour fast on March 22nd in both Minneapolis and St. Cloud, in solidarity with national “We Belong Together” fasters.
"We Belong Together" is a month-long, cross-country action. Its purpose is to continue pressuring decision-makers to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill and to halt all deportations. More information can be found here.
Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (“Assembly for Civil Rights”) is fasting in conjunction with the Gamaliel network, a national organizing network of non-partisan faith-based organizations.
Fasters with Asamblea will be gathered March 22nd-March 23rd, 11AM-11AM, at Holy Rosary Church in Minneapolis and 12PM-12PM in Centro Hispano in Waite Park.
For media inquiries, questions, or comments, please contact Antonia Alvarez at 651-207-9260 or Cirien Saadeh at 952-426-2429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we ever needed a reminder about why do the work we do, La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles’ 2014 annual retreat served us well. A local family joined us to share their story of injustice, separated from their mother who disappeared almost a year ago crossing the US-Mexico border, at the same time that we were short one of our leaders who had fallen ill.
If there was a theme to this year’s work, it might be “We are strong. We are united. We will not give up. The struggle continues until all our free.”
2013 was a very important year for the struggle and the work for Emancipation. As an organization, our numbers grew and we began settling down roots with a new office and staff. In the fight for Emancipation, on all fronts, we also took many steps forward.
In the fight for a just path to citizenship our numbers continued to grow in their own leadership, several trips to Washington, DC. and across the Midwest to visit with congressional offices; forums and community meetings; as well as over a dozen actions, including an extraordinary act of civil disobedience outside of the office of Representative John Kline. We also organized around the 2013 Minneapolis elections and a need for transit equity around the Cedar Ave. BRT and the Southwest and Bottineau transit development plans.
The work continues in 2014. Leaders of La Asamblea met in mid-January to evaluate the past years work, to continue with the task of relationship-building, and to plan and prepare for the remainder of 2014. On thing is clear: Asamblea members know that the work for Emancipation will not be easy but that it will continue. While we continue the fight, pressuring the House of Representatives to pass HR-15, we are also gearing up for an massive get-out-the-Latino-vote effort, as well as continued work for transit equity in the Latino communities we serve.