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“Washington, D.C’s immigrant communities answer the call for “A Day Without Immigrants”, going on general strike to protest the President’s immigration policy and to demand that Mayor Bowser take concrete steps to expand and affirm D.C.’s standing as a Sanctuary City. A multicultural, multiethnic group immigrants, including members of Many Languages One Voice (MLOV) will march from the historic immigrant neighborhood Mount Pleasant to the White House.
What: A Day Without Immigrants in Washington, D.C.
Where: 3166 Mount Pleasant Street NW, Washington D.C 20010, marching to the White House down 14th Street
When: Thursday, February 16, 12pm
The march is organized by Many Languages One Voice (MLOV), which organizes with DC’s immigrant communities to demand their rightful place in the District. The group is marching with the following demands:
ICE out of DC – no ICE presence and declining of all ICE detainer/notification requests;
If the District loses our federal funding for being a sanctuary, the local government must make up the difference;
Immediately pass and fully fund the Language Access for Education Amendment Act of 2015 so that all limited and non-English speaking District residents can access DC resources;
Stop unchecked police violence committed against immigrants, Black people and all people of color;
Remove the mark from DC limited purpose driver’s’ licenses and have one license for all;
That there is no discrimination against Muslims and that DC does not support the creation of a Muslim registry or specialized surveillance of these communities;
That no worker who participates in the general strike be fired for their participation.”