With Congress back in session this week, 100 women—several among them undocumented—participated in an act of civil disobedience in front of the House of Representatives today. Organized by the We Belong Together initiative, the women came together to highlight the undue burden faced by women in the struggle for immigration reform.
Four undocumented women joined the demonstration today, risking arrest and subsequent deportation to advocate for immigration reform. These women were joined by directors and representatives from organizations including the National Domestic Workers Alliance, CHIRLA, NOW, UltraViolet, America’s Voice, The Black Institute, 9 to 5 Working Women, the Tennessee State Conference of NAACP, and many others.
With an incredibly short amount of time left this year to deal with a host of issues, Congress is unlikely to pass the much contested immigration bill. Yet activists have continued to participate in actions such as today’s protest to highlight the struggle of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. who have been told —yet again—they must wait for reform.