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Mom's Rising Creates Blog-a-thon to Shed Light on Georgia's Anti-Immigrant Law, HB-87

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MomsRising.org, a revolutionary site for moms who want to change the world, has orgazined an amazing Blog-a-thon of posts, written by a dozen of the women delegates who responded to Georgia’s HB-87.  The women, who represent over two dozen organizations, including the National Domestic Workers AllianceAFL-CIOCenter for Reproductive RightsNational Asian Pacific American Women’s ForumFeminist Majority as well as MomsRising, are part of the We Belong Together Delegation, a group of women who are bringing attention to “the ways in which unjust immigration laws affect women, children and families.



Latina blogger, Elisa Batista, wrote about the women delegates, who met in Georgia recently to bring an apposing voice to the conversations about HB-87 and similar anti-immigrant laws, on Fox News Latino.  She writes,

The women’s delegation in Georgia is bearing witness to stories such as these: mothers separated from their children or their spouses; women who fear reporting domestic violence and sexual assault, even at the hands of U.S. citizens; women dutifully contributing to our economy, yet living in the shadows for fear of workplace and home raids by local police; racial profiling and division in their communities as one group is pitted against another.

These women are not just a statistic. They are our mothers, grandmothers and ancestors who have come to America’s shores for a better life for their children and are working hard to make it. They are our neighbors and the moms of our children’s friends. Criminalizing them is not only an affront to their humanity, but what we stand for as a country.”


I absolutely agree with Elisa and I see immigration laws like SB-1070, HB-56 and HB-87 as an attack on families, on those who can do little to defend themselves and ultimately, against basic human rights.  We often think very little about the individuals that these laws affect, since American media channels only tell one side of the story, but more than ever before, there are opportunities to learn about the true affects of our broken immigration system and the harsh laws that are cropping up in states that give little thought to human rights, like Alabama, Arizona and Georgia.  Take the opportunity, do your homework and take a stand.

Learn more about these recent state-enacted immigration laws:


Learn more about immigrant families and how basic human rights are being infringed:


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  • Elisaabatista
    October 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful story, Chantilly! We are so grateful to have allies like yourself.

    • Chantilly Patiño
      October 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you Elisa.  Very grateful to meet you!  What took us so long!?  lol

  • Jen Marshall Duncan
    October 10, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Thank you for sharing this story, Chantilly. I didn't even know about momsrising…will be checking them out and trying to take a more active role against those awful immigration laws. We had a story in Iowa about the town of Postville. It was a town with a very large latino immigrant population-every aspect of the community depended on the immigrant population in order to function. It was raided by the FBI and many people were detained. The schools lost most of their students, businesses lost most of their employees, landlords lost most of their tenants. The town has been struggling to rebuild ever since. These were people who were positively contributing to society…it makes no sense to imprison them or send them away. I am glad to know that there is a site where women can actively take a stand.

    • Chantilly Pati&ntild
      October 10, 2011 at 2:41 am

      Thank you for sharing that Jen.  Many use scare tactics to make people fear that undocumented immigrants are a drain on the economy or that they are criminals, etc.  But this only makes up a very small amount of the undocumented population.  Most contribute their share and then some…since they don't receive the same benefits as citizens, but pay all the dues.  I think you make some really great points here about that little town and wish more people could see that.  Thanks for sharing that story and for stopping by.  I love that I've met so many other women and mothers who take a stand too.  It can get lonely at times and you guys are like my family. <3

      • Jen Marshall Duncan
        October 11, 2011 at 12:57 am

        I agree, Chantilly, many women bloggers are like family now and I am so glad to have found you all. You'll be seeing a bunch of family members soon at Blogalicious! I am so excited for you all to meet in person!