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SB 1070 Telebriefing: Women's Groups Speak Out Against Attack on Women and Families (TODAY @ 10 AM PST)

Posted: Jun 27, 2012

NAM Media Advisory

NAM Media advisory

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            CONTACT:  CJ Frogozo, 310-570-2622
June 26, 2012

As Supreme Court Upholds Racial Profiling Portion of Arizona’s Anti-immigrant Law,
Women’s Groups Speak out against Attack on Women and Families
Press briefing to be held by phone on Wednesday, June 27.


When:  Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST
How to participate:   Dial in to 805-399-1000.  Access code 188849#.

What: National telephone media briefing on the impact for women and children of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s SB1070

Who: We Belong Together, a collaboration of women’s and immigrant rights groups.

Speakers include:

        • Ellen Bravo, Executive Director, Family Values at Work
        • Karen Tumlin, Managing Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
        • Immigrant women in Arizona, Alabama and Georgia who will share testimonies on the impacts of racial profiling           

Washington, DC – On Monday, the United States Supreme Court upheld Section 2B of SB1070, Arizona’s hateful anti-immigrant law. Section 2B is the provision of SB1070 that mandates that police officers demand “papers” of anyone they suspect of being in the country without authorization. This provision has been criticized by law enforcement and constitutional law experts, many of whom have stated that it will be impossible to implement it in a race-neutral manner, and that it legitimizes racial profiling and discrimination.  Women and child advocates around the country are denouncing this part of the Court’s ruling as an enormous setback for women’s and civil rights.

Says Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, “while we are glad that the Supreme Court has rightly ruled that some parts of SB1070 are unconstitutional, the decision to let Section 2B stand is a direct attack on all of our civil rights, and it will have a deeply negative impact on women and children.  Section 2B will lead to racial profiling, and will legitimize racism and discrimination.  As a result, families will be suspected of not belonging, simply because of the color of their skin.  Mothers will be afraid to take their children to school.  Domestic violence survivors will be afraid to report abuse.  Workers will be intimated from exercising their rights.  The decision stands in fundamental opposition to the values that we, as Americans, hold dear.  We will continue to organize and to stand together with courageous immigrant communities across the country, to bring an end to racial profiling in Arizona and beyond.”   

Trini Garcia is a domestic worker and mother of two who lives in Alabama, a state that is already living with the consequences of racial profiling under HB56, Alabama’s SB1070 copycat law.  She says “SB1070 has created a chain reaction across the country, from Arizona to Alabama and beyond.  Because of these laws, my children are afraid.  Our dignity has been stepped on, and every part of our lives is affected, from work to school to transportation to health.  The psychological damage of these laws is deep, and it affects all of us, citizen or not.  Laws should help build strong families, but families are being torn apart.” 

We Belong Together -- a collaboration of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and numerous women’s rights and immigrant rights organizations – has collected testimonies of immigrant women in Arizona and two of the states that have passed SB1070 copycat laws.  In Arizona, Alabama and Georgia, We Belong Together has found widespread instances of racial profiling, family separation, and children living in fear.  In spite of the hate and fear, We Belong Together has also found immigrant women exercising tremendous courage and leadership and raising their voices to demand a society that upholds justice and dignity for all. 

The groups that compose We Belong Together will continue to speak out against these racist policies until SB1070 and all other laws like it across the country have been fully struck down.

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