Let My People Stay Rally
When: Tuesday, January 30, 12pm-1pm
Where: Pittsburgh office of the Department of Homeland Security (3000 Sidney Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203)
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If you’ve seen the video, you know that two weeks ago 82 rabbis and leaders representing 18 Jewish organizations were arrested for civil disobedience in support of a clean Dream Act. We were just two of the many whose voices reached millions of Americans in every corner of the country.
As we sat and sang on the floor of the Russell Senate Building, our eyes were on the balcony, where dozens of Dreamers gathered to support our act of resistance.
As the descendants of immigrants and survivors, we recognized in their eyes the fear and determination our own ancestors must have felt. As Jews, we know the danger when those in power scapegoat entire communities — so when the Senate voted to the fund the government without a solution to protect Dreamers, we took it personally.
Now it’s time to bring the fight home to Pittsburgh.
In our own neighborhoods, ICE raids and deportations continue. The Port Authority wants to quadruple its number of armed officers and criminalize fare violators, which makes undocumented folks more vulnerable to deportation. This climate of fear has devastating effects on our immigrant neighbors, who are reporting missing school, work, and medical appointments.
Tomorrow at noon we'll stand in front of the Department of Homeland Security office alongside our allies from Casa San Jose and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement to let them know that they are not alone in this fight.
I hope you'll be there to join us.
Tammy Hepps and Joshua Friedman, Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh leaders
PS: Did you see the video of our powerful national action? Watch and then join us in the streets tomorrow.