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Note on a fellow warrior, survivor of domestic violence, domestic worker, and member of the Domestic Workers’ Committee in south Texas

Note on a fellow warrior, survivor of domestic violence, domestic worker, and member of the Domestic Workers’ Committee in south Texas

By on Oct 11, 2017 in News |

In front of Juanita, a domestic worker, immediately beginning the conversation, I feel a deep connection with her, who at first has a hard time remembering her past and her gaze is lost in the void when remembering her origins in Mexico. Born into an indigenous family in her native Chiapas, she decided to become independent at age 18 when her parents came to live in Mexico City and she moved to Mexico City with the firm intention of studying a university career. There she meets the father of his son who works making prosthetics and in agriculture in Monterrey and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. They decide to come to work definitively to U.S. but they return and their son is diagnosed with a serious disability and needs to undergo several surgeries. Upon returning, she began her immigration problem because she was not allowed to cross the bridge and her son was required to be operated on. She hires an attorney, whom defrauds her and she hands herself over to the immigration authorities and eventually gets granted a 10-year permit, time she spent supporting her son with therapies, surgeries and everything necessary to save his life. The father of her son decides to abandon them. Years later she marries the father of her second son, who at the beginning of the relationship was an excellent stepfather and companion, and he decides to submit papers to request her permanent residence in this country. As a result of a departure to Mexico to give the last goodbye to her mother who had died, wanting to re-enter the country she is imprisoned 1 month and treated as a drug trafficker. She still remembers with pain as they opened her legs looking for drugs and is finally deported to a border town of Tamaulipas. At that moment I feel her pain when expressing how she suffered being separated from her children, not knowing about them, without giving them the care and love of mother. Her family turned their back on her when she needed them most out of fear of immigration. Knowing that her partner is trying to take custody of her children she made the decision to cross the river...

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Women’s March For Justice

Women’s March For Justice

By on Mar 8, 2017 in News |

Women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender expression or economic status. With a political climate and administration that has threatened these rights through rhetoric and practice, women and the community of the Rio Grande Valley will stand up and march to uplift the justice we seek and the dignity we deserve on Saturday, March 11. March 8th is recognized as International Working Women’s Day, a historical day of action and mobilization for women’s rights all over the world. For decades, women across borders and walls, have mobilized for a better world, justice and dignity for all. This March 11, we continue this struggle towards a new day for women in the RGV and everywhere. Join us, Saturday, March 11 at 9:30am in Brownsville in solidarity with this movement for women’s rights and justice! What: Women’s March For Justice When: March 11, 9:30 AM Where:  600 E. Harrison Street, Brownsville, TX. For more information contact: Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center 956-283-5650 fuerzadelvalle@gmail.com or NLIRH RAL TX – “Las Poderosas” 956-459-1031 paula@latinainstitute.org CONTRIBUTE NOW AND DONATE TO FUERZA DEL VALLE (for check or money, click here for...

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Walk for Migrant Rights-July 11-Harlingen, TX

Walk for Migrant Rights-July 11-Harlingen, TX

By on Jul 8, 2016 in News |

Walk for Migrant Rights –– July 11, 2016 Lt. George Gonzalez Jr -500 W Harrison, Harlingen, Texas 6:30 PM to start at 7:00pm 1 Mile walk to the Prelude in downtown Harlingen Join us as we Walk for Migrant Justice!   The Domestic Workers’ Committee of Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center invites you as: We walk to demand an end to family detention! It is a shame  as a society we claim to value families while openly incarcerating them- mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, grandmothers- instead of supporting them to connect and find their loved ones. #EndFamilyDetention #FreetheFamilies #ShutDownDilley #ShutDownKarnesCity We walk to demand an end to the deaths of migrants in the borderlands as they try and reach a better life. We need an immigration policy that prioritizes human life; one that fully respects ALL of our human rights. We will be collecting donations of $1 to support the work of the South Texas Human Rights Center. $1 = 1 gallon of water that can save a life. We need funds to keep the water stations fully stocked all summer in north Hidalgo County, Webb County, Brooks County, and Kennedy County. #NoMoreDeaths #Falfurrias  We walk to call an end to the separation of families; an end to deportations that terrorizes our communities nationwide. We Walk for Justice for all Workers. #Not1More #StopDeportations Migration is not a crime. We walk for freedom! For more info email, txt, or call: fuerzadelvalle@gmail – (956)...

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Walk for Migrant Rights / Caminata por Derechos Migrantes

Walk for Migrant Rights / Caminata por Derechos Migrantes

By on Jun 9, 2016 in News |

    This Saturday morning, June 11th, join the Domestic Workers’ Committee of Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center as we ‘Walk for Migrant Rights’ in Mission, TX. These monthly walks started in October of 2015, after the historic 100 Women 100 Mile ‘Walk For Justice’ of September. We have continued with these gatherings and they keep gaining momentum when we collectively meet up on the 11th of every month. We walk for an end to Family Detention, it can not be we claim to value families and incarcerate them instead of letting them unify with their love ones. We walk to end the deaths of migrants in the borders as they try and reach a better life. We need an immigration policy that prioritizes human life, that fully respects all of our human rights. We walk to end the separation of family that terrorizes our migrant communities nationwide. We walk because we all deserve freedom. We are joining the South Texas Human Rights Center, and are asking attendees to bring at least $1.00 for one gallon of water to support the Water Stations Project. The STHRC builds water stations in Brooks County and nearby areas for the migrants who are passing by, in need of water for survival. STHRC needs your help to keep this important project going.     If you would like to donate immediately you can donate here, or you can get in contact with the Workers’ Center at 956-283-5650 if you would like to drop off the donation in the RGV or have it picked up. What: Walk for Migrant Rights / Caminata por Derechos Migrantes When: 10 AM, June 11th, Saturday morning. Where: Starts at 2215 N Conway, Mission, TX 78572; Ends at 620 N Dunlap Ave, Mission, TX. RSVP for the Walk For Migrant Rights / Caminata por Derechos Migrantes on Facebook. ‘Like’ Fuerza del Valle on Facebook. ‘Like’ South Texas Human Rights Center on...

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Honoring Migrant Lives – Welcoming the Antorcha Guadalupana – Two Years of Human Rights Center in Falfurrias

Honoring Migrant Lives – Welcoming the Antorcha Guadalupana – Two Years of Human Rights Center in Falfurrias

By on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Members of Fuerza del Valle Workers’ Center participated in events Honoring Migrant Lives this past weekend and helped raise awareness on the plight of migrant families as they cross through the brush for a better life in the north. Friday, October 30th members and allies gathered at the South Texas Civil Rights Project in Alamo, where Fuerza del Valle is housed, to construct at traditional Day of the Dead altar for a ceremony to honor migrant lives. In the evening the dozens of unidentified bodies found in Brooks County in the previous year were honored with a ceremony that consisted of a moment of silence, offerings of water for the water stations in Brooks County, and a reading of the unidentified migrant bodies identifying exactly at which ranches and what date they were found. “That night at Fuerza, that was a beautiful altar we built. Seeing one up closely in real life was beautiful. It made me think of my own dad who has passed away. I took care of him during his last years but was not there for those final moments a lot like the families of these migrants. It’s a frustrating type of confusion; you can’t get rid of that….There’s no closure.” -Martha, Fuerza del Valle Member- Read more about this: Somber ceremony honors migrant lives Saturday the 31st we joined the South Texas Human Rights Center in welcoming the Antorcha Guadalupana and in celebrating two years of the Humans Rights Center and the fight to save Migrant Lives. We marched with the Antorcha for about a mile to the grounds of the Brooks County Courthouse where we then went on to commemorate the two year anniversary of the South Texas Human Rights Center, a big hug and shout out to Eduardo Canales, Sister Pam, and the community that supports the Human Rights Center and prioritizes the struggle to save Migrant Lives. The South Texas Human Rights Center maintains over 100 water stations throughout Brooks and surrounding Counties and has been the catalyst in getting DNA testing for migrant remains. Read more about this: Remembering the dead “I got motivated, they are so brave [the migrants] to continue forward for their lives, for their families. They...

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