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Democracy Initiative’s Wendy Fields Joins Mass Civil Disobedience; Demands End to Family Detention-Today

Thursday, June 28, 2018

                                                                                   

Democracy Initiative’s Wendy Fields Joins Mass Civil Disobedience; Demands End to Family Detention-Today

 

Washington, D.C. — Today the Democracy Initiative’s Executive Director Wendy Fields joins thousands of women, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who just won an upset victory in the NY Democratic Primary), and playwright Eve Ensler, in Washington, DC to demand the safety and freedom of immigrant families and children. The Democracy Initiative is a powerful coalition of 69 partner organizations from labor, civil rights, environmental, faith, women’s rights, democracy reform, and other sectors.

“In a true and functional democracy, we don’t jail children and brutalize asylum seekers. As an immigrant who came here with my family for a better life, I know that voicing our protest is more than a right, it’s a civic responsibility,” said Fields. “I’m humbled to be able to join people of conscience here today, and take collective action as we demand an end to this administration’s cruel zero-tolerance policy.”

When and where: Thursday, June 28th:

  • 11:45 a.m. -- march departs from Freedom Plaza
  • 12:00 p.m. -- march arrives for an action at the Department of Justice
  • 1:30 p.m. -- march departs DOJ for Congress
  • 3:00 p.m. -- direct action in Congress begins. Limited details available by phone, please call Jacqueline Lara at 240-305-2133 for more information

Social media hashtags for the event are #endfamilydetention and #womendisobey.

Today’s event is organized by The Women’s March and DI Partner Center for Popular Democracy, among other groups. Fields joins fellow activists from all walks of life, willing to risk arrest to show federal officials and lawmakers that they will not abide government-sanctioned cruelty to those seeking refuge and a better life in the United States.

 

“At the DI, our North Star is government that works for the people, regardless of whether they are Black, white, Brown or working class,” Fields said, “And the people have spoken: No more children in jail cells. No more midnight raids and families ripped apart. We’ve waited too long for compassionate, humane immigration reform in this country, and if our elected officials can’t get it done, they’re going to hear from us—not just at election time, but all the time. 365 days a year.”

 

“The DI also knows that we must increase participation in off-year elections, like this one, to show our collective demand for a democracy that reflects the values of inclusion, racial and economic justice, civil and labor rights, environmental protection, and humane immigration policies.”

 

Today’s action is just one example of the DI’s Democracy365 idea: one where civic engagement happens year-round and not just in the voting booth. The DI’s partner organizations—representing 40 million members primed for action—have come together because they know a strong democracy is what makes change possible no matter what the issue is: from human and civil rights to worker protections and the environment.

 

Many of these groups will join actions for immigrant families happening across the United States this weekend to remind federal officials and policymakers that they work for the people, and our voices won’t be ignored.

For interviews and media RSVPs, please contact Jacqueline Lara, 240-305-2133; Inarú Meléndez, 413-331-9530. For more on the DI, please contact Mykel Bybee at mbybee@democracyinitiative.org or 202 567-6103. Event website is https://www.endfamilyseparation.us/

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The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of organizations launched in 2013 working toward a bright future in which all Americans participate fully and freely in the democratic process. We believe that the voice of every citizen should be heard and counted, so all of us have an equal say in a democracy that is of, by, and for the people. Our partner organizations pursue a diverse range of progressive goals, including civil rights, workers’ rights, women’s rights, and climate justice, but we know that success in any of these areas depends on reforming our democracy.