This quote is from Martin Luther King’s March on Washington speech, which took place 50 years ago today. Yet it still rings true to the many citizens of color, especially immigrants, who struggle daily to live a dignified life.
Juanita Valdez Cox, LUPE Executive Director shares, “As border community members we recognize that discrimination and racism still exist. We have been successful at removing most State sanctioned racism, but much work remains to overcome racism of hard hearts and closed minds. We will not stop organizing and allow the suffering to continue unchallenged.”
Juanita joined the Fast and Prayer against Militarization and for Citizenship today, saying, “Anti-immigrant forces need to realize that immigrants are key to helping build and strengthen our economy and our nation.”
America has forgotten about the immigrants that have helped build our nation. With dignity and respect we must fight for equality for our families and community. For us, equality means not having to worry if you will come home at night when leaving for work each morning. Equality means not being subjected to unwarranted searches by law enforcement officials just because we live within 100 miles of the border. Equality means being able to reunite with family members without risking our lives crossing the river or the dessert.
We have a dream that our immigrant families will one day enjoy the promise of equality. And we will organize each day to turn that dream into a reality.