Immigration Reform 2013: Livestream of Contentious Protests in Washington
Over 100 women have been arrested outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday morning as part of a protest urging the House of Representatives to pass immigration reform to "treat women fairly." The organization We Belong Together has brought over 300 women to march on Capitol Hill, approximately two dozen of whom are in the country illegally. Among those arrested is Gloria Sweetlove, Tennessee state president of the NAACP.
According to their Facebook page, We BelongTogether is an initiative of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, and several other groups to "bring attention to the ways in which unjust immigration laws affect women, children, and families."
Three-quarters of U.S. immigrants today are women and children. The group's website requests that supporters tell their representatives, "I stand with the 100 women risking arrest for immigration reform that treats women fairly and keeps families together."
Check back here for updates as the situation unfolds.