As thousands of children and mothers continue to stream across the southern border of the United States, the world watches.
The WOMEN of BATs call on our Federal Government to find safe, humane asylum for the refugee women and children coming across our borders. While buildings stand empty, people should not be kept in jails. Nursing mothers should not have to feed their babies on filthy floors. Children should not be threatened by vigilante gun violence. We demand action from our leaders NOW! The world is watching.
We are a country raised on the backs of the First Peoples, built by the labor of Africans brought in bondage, and through the exploitation of generations of immigrants from around the world. We have expanded our lands through war, theft, and conflict. The children's migration is an unprecedented event. This time we must stand on the right side of history. This time we must respond not with fear, ignorance, hatred, threats, intimidation and violence. We must live up to our potential. We must live up to our professed American values. The world is watching.
These children come from our North American continent. These children share the ancestries of millions of Americans. These children look like us because they are us. They are our sisters, our cousins. They are the students in our classrooms.
Who stands in New York Harbor ?
"A mighty woman with a torch, "
"and her name Mother of Exiles." Lady Liberty is an immigrant. Lady Liberty is a mother. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..” These mothers and children are tired. They walked here on foot. They are poor and risked it all to come here. They are yearning for Hope, for Peace, for Safety. They are yearning for Roses and Bread. They came with the Faith that they could find that here, in America.
National Leaders: Your actions speak louder than words. To do nothing in the face of injustice is to be an accomplice to said injustice. The world is watching. The WOMEN of the WORLD are watching. The GRANDMOTHERS and MOTHERS and SISTERS and TEACHERS that are WOMEN are watching. ACT.