by Rocío Inclán/image by Sewell B. Johnson
A week ago today I was arrested outside the U.S. Capitol.
I was not alone. I joined 105 women — grandmothers, mothers, daughters — from all walks of life and every nationality and ethnic group.
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Call 1.866.632.6057 and urge your representative to support an up-or-down vote on an immigration bill with a path to citizenship for our students and their families.
We claimed the street outside the Capitol to demonstrate that we would not move until the House schedules a vote on a comprehensive immigration bill. When the police asked us to move, we refused and were arrested.
I met David, a DREAMer, this summer. He wants to become a doctor. Thanks to his teacher’s encouragement, he stayed in school, graduated top of his class and is now enrolled in Cornell University to become a doctor. Unless we pass a commonsense immigration bill, he’ll never get to become a citizen and contribute in the way he wants to the country he loves.
There are more than enough votes in the House to pass immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for DREAMer students and their families. It’s time to give it an up or down vote.
Through this action I was saying the time is NOW!
Leading up to our act of mass civil disobedience, I was incredibly nervous and was attacked by some momentary doubts — what will my sister say? What will my former school colleagues think? But women take risks every day to contribute to the well-being and success of our families and loved ones.
I don’t expect everyone to do what I did. But you can help.
Will you add your voice to the call for the House to act? Pick up the phone and dial 1-866-632-6057. Tell your representative to bring an immigration bill to the floor.
Inclán, a former elementary school teacher in Arizona, is the director of NEA’s Human and Civil Rights department.