by Eleanor Goldfield
Today, Many Languages One Voice organized a march as part of the Day Without Immigrants (Dia Sin Inmigrantes), a nationwide initiative to stand up against deportations and the harassment of undocumented immigrants in the US. Here in DC, the march started from the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of DC and made its way downtown, first to the DC City Council and Mayor’s Office and then on to the White House – making the important tie-in of local politics to the over-arching policies of Trump’s administration. At the Wilson building, home to DC’s City Council, speakers bi-lingually called on officials to hear and accept this list of demands: – ICE out of DC – no ICE presence and declining of all ICE detainer/notification requests; – If we lose our federal funds for being a sanctuary, the local government must make up the difference; – Immediately pass and fully fund the Language Access for Education Amendment Act of 2015 so that all limited and non-English speaking District residents can access DC resources; – Stop unchecked police violence committed against immigrants, including Black people and all people of color; – Remove undocumented mark from DC drivers’ licenses; – That there is no discrimination against Muslims and that DC does not support the creation of a Muslim registry or specialized surveillance of these communities; – Not one unjust firing of anyone who chooses to participate in the Day Without Immigrants.
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