Thousands Rally Together for Immigrants & Refugees
On Saturday, January 14, thousands of immigrant families, union members, progressive leaders and allies joined together in a national day action on behalf of immigrants and refugees. The “We Are Here to Stay” day of action generated close to 65 events across the country, and brought together progressive organizations, labor unions, faith leaders and immigrant families, to send a strong message of unity and resistance to Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.
The day was coordinated by United We Dream and the FIRM network. Many of CPD partner organizations led the planning of the national strategy, and helped anchor and mobilize thousands of people across the country.
Over 3,000 people gathered at the historic AME Church in Washington DC, and were joined by progressive leaders from labor, reproductive justice, civil rights and LGBTQ rights organizations and more. Close to 1,000 members from CASA, and almost 500 members from Make the Road NY-NJ-PA-CT brought their energy, stories and powerful resolve to stand together. The church was filled to capacity, with hundreds rallying outside in the rain.
In Chicago, more than 1,000 people poured into a Teacher’s Union hall in a gathering organized by ICIRR. In Oregon, PCUN members joined close to 400 people that convened at the steps of the state capitol to send a strong message to the governor and legislature. In Houston, TOP members led a town hall meeting in partnership with UWD members to launch “four years of resistance”. In Florida, New Florida Majority members helped lead a rally in Miami’s little Havana. Many other CPD partners mobilized hundreds of people to events across the country to make sure this national day of action was a success, including WAPUSA in San Jose, CA; LUCHA in Phoenix, AZ; Action NC in North Carolina, and more.
Several national progressive organizations helped mobilize and promote the “#WeAreHereToStay” day of action, including The Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, the Human Rights Campaign, NextGen, AFT and MoveOn.org and others.