Join the Boston Workmen's Circle Sunday School's 5th grade class in its annual labor protest! This year, the fifth grade students are calling for an end to unjust immigration laws and practices, and standing in solidarity with Francisco Rodriguez, Siham Byah, and all those detained by ICE and facing deportation.
Francisco came to the U.S. in 2006 after fleeing violence in his home country of El Salvador, and lives in Chelsea with his wife and three children. He has been a janitor at MIT for the last five years, owns his own carpet cleaning business, and is a member of SEIU Local 32BJ. He was detained this July at a regular ICE check-in, and was not permitted to leave to witness the birth of his youngest child.
Siham Byah, a 40 year old citizen of Morocco and mother to an 8-year-old US citizen son, was detained after a regular check-in with immigration authorities the morning of November 7th. She has lived in the U.S. since 1999, and is a resident of Nahant. Siham has been a leader of the local community and has been advocating for many social justice causes including LGBTQ rights and Arab Spring movements.
The Boston Workmen's Circle children’s labor protest is inspired by the history of Jewish immigrant workers who toiled in textile sweatshops. Today, immigrant workers, who are the backbone of the US labor force, live in fear of exploitation and deportation. 5th graders in the Workmen’s Circle Sunday school have studied the history of their ancestors, and today are demanding that ICE stop the deportations. Help put pressure on ICE by marching with our 5th grade class on Sunday, December 10th! Stop the detentions, stop the deportations!