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Human rights group Unitarian Universalist Service Committee joins Boston, Washington rallies, calling for no strings attached legislation to protect Dreamers

MEDIA ADVISORY 

BOSTON/CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Tuesday November 05, 2017 — Immigrants and allies, faith leaders, elected officials will rally at Boston’s Faneuil Hall, Wednesday, December 6 at 4:00 PM in solidarity with the massive “Defend Our Immigrant Families” mobilization taking place the same day in Washington, D.C.

The mobilization has inspired tens of thousands to descend on Washington with echo actions, rallies and events across the country. Motivated by the Trump administration’s ongoing attacks on immigrant families, thousands will demand that Congress make good on its promises to pass a clean Dream Act and protect Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries before the end of the year.

WHAT: Defend Our Immigrant Families Rally, one of the National Day of Action events happening nationwide

WHEN: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 4:00 PM

WHERE: In Front of Faneuil Hall, 4 South Market Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02109

WHO: Local DACA recipients and Temporary Protection Status holders will be joined by local elected officials, national and regional advocacy organizations and community allies.

The following organizations will be present and are co-sponsoring Boston’s Wednesday event: SEIU 32BJ, Agencia Alpha, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), The American Muslim Center, Chelsea Collaborative, Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Fight for $15 MA, Haitian Americans United, La Comunidad. Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA), Jobs with Justice (JwJ), Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN), Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, the New England Jewish Labor Committee, the Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network, SEIU 509 (Service Employees International Union), The Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), TPS Comité de MA and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).

Buses of activists and supporters from New York City, Philadelphia, cities in New Jersey and from the DMV area will join demonstrators at the Washington, D.C. rally, where tens of thousands are expected to rally on Capitol Hill, in addition to Boston’s demonstration and echo events in Stamford and Hartford, Connecticut.

A Boston rally participant, UUSC Senior Program Leader for Activism Hannah Hafter says, “Here in Massachusetts, people with DACA and Temporary Protected Status are integral parts of our communities, congregations and workplaces. Current policies indicate the administration wants us to believe that the economic security of U.S.-born Americans is threatened by immigrants and refugees. Yet the tax reform package just passed by the Senate this past weekend makes it crystal clear that the real threat is from corporations and the wealthiest, not from individuals and families working hard to achieve the same things that the rest of us want for ourselves and our families.”

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BACKGROUND

The U.S. administration’s termination in recent months of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provision and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians and Nicaraguans caps a series of attacks and setbacks for vulnerable immigrant communities across the nation. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of other TPS holders face uncertainty as well, as renewal deadlines loom.

The timing for the Boston, Washington and nationwide Day of Action events is intended to press members of Congress to pass a clean Dream Act immediately, unattached to the current appropriations bill at deadline this week or to any of its inclusions, and for Congress to deliver a solution for the 300,000 TPS holders who have been U.S. residents for years.

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As a lead organizer of the Boston Day of Action, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country and one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers nationally, with 163,000 members in eleven states and Washington, D.C.,

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has protected and advocated for human rights and social justice for more than 75 years, on behalf of marginalized and vulnerable people within the United States and internationally.

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