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Southerners On New Ground
Building Connecting and Amplifying LGBTQ Organizing for Liberation
SONG Calls for Support and Power-Building as Key Southern LGBTQ leaders Sit in Jail to Stop Deportations
LIVE COVERAGE: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2013/11/19/atlanta/
At this moment 16 Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice and LGBTQ leaders in Georgia (including SONG Founder Suzanne Pharr, Co-Director Caitlin Breedlove, and Board Member/Co-Director of Project South, Stephanie Guilloud) are participating in a non-violent civil disobedience at the U.S. Immigration Court in Atlanta, GA to stop today’s deportations.
These brave leaders have locked arms to demand Obama puts an Immediate End to Deportations and Detentions and the violent policies of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Together they demand #not1more. Immigrant people, people of Color, and LGBTQ often live lives filled with violence, fear, and isolation. We are central to the fabric of our communities and our economy. We deserve so much better.
People being deported at this time in the US are the people who wash our dishes, pick our vegetables and build our houses. We need to honor their work and their lives, not rip them out of their communities.
United in the vision of what is possible for all of us beyond our fear when we are willing to take shared risk, this group has chosen to put their bodies on the line to demand an end to the fear mongering and caging of our family who is undocumented. Over 2.2 million individuals have been deported during Obama’s presidency and thousands languish in detention right now. More than 276,000 undocumented LGBTQ immigrants are living in fear in the US today. Our communities cannot afford to wait. Si se puede!!!
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US
SONG is reaching out to ask for your support. Our movements badly need moments of shared risk to build our integrity across lines of race, class, culture, gender and sexuality. Our communities are sitting in fear, violence and cages. SONG along with one of our closest organizational partners, The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) is partnering with the Not1More campaign to hold a major rally and press event to call on President Obama to end deportations and show that LGBTQ people are deeply a part of the fight for immigrant communities to live free of violence and fear.
WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO HELP?
1. Could you write a Blog or Op/Ed telling your own story about why this is important to you, using our talking points?
2. Would you join our twitter campaign (goal—100 tweets to @MHarrisPerry and @MHPShow) to ask Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC TV host, to have Paulina Helm-Hernandez (SONG Co-Director) on her show to tell their viewers that it is PAST TIME to unite the fight for lives of LGBTQ people with the fight for the lives of immigrants and people of Color and the poor. We are uniting and have been. More people just need to know!!!!
3. Could you share our Memes on Facebook? These can be found at http://www.facebook.com/ignitekindred
4. Want to make a donation to legal fees or bail fund for leaders? Please go to www.notonemoredeportation.com for evolving information about how to give.
If you can help, please let Hermelinda Cortes at SONG know how and share with her (Hermelinda@southernersonnewground.org)
SONG envisions a sustainable South that embodies the best of its freedom traditions and works towards the transformation of our economic, social, spiritual, and political relationships. We envision a multi-issue southern justice movement that unites us across class, age, race, ability, gender, immigration status, and sexuality; a movement in which LGBTQ people – poor and working class, immigrant, people of color, rural – take our rightful place as leaders shaping our region’s legacy and future. We are committed to restoring a way of being that recognizes our collective humanity and dependence on the Earth.
Southerners On New Ground
250 Georgia Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30312-3032