South Florida Community Urges Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr. to Protect Floridians By Voting NO on SB 168!

Sheridan Aguirre Press Releases

In the Most Dangerous Session in Over a Decade, Republicans Move to Pass Legislation that Would Devastate Our State’s Future

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | sheridan@unitedwedream.org | 202.793.2267

Miami, FL – Yesterday on May Day, dozens of youth of color from Miami Senior High School, together with concerned community leaders, returned for the second week in a row to gather at the Hialeah Gardens district office of Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. to urge that he vote NO on the family separation and racial profiling law SB 168 when it returns to the Senate for a vote.

Members of Florida Immigrant Coalition, WeCount, United We Dream – Florida and Women Working Together delivered a torn up college acceptance letter and rotten fruit to symbolize the fall out of Floridian’s futures if SB 168 becomes law.

During this year’s legislative session, Republicans have mounted a full on attack on Floridians with a series of harmful bills, making it the most dangerous session in the last decade. During this last week of the legislative session, immigrants and advocates are bringing to light this cruel wave of harmful legislation in an effort to stop the final passage of these bills.

Photos available here (credit Stefani Davilas).
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Recorded livestream part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Paula Munoz, South Florida Organizer for the Florida Immigrant Coalition, said:

“Together, we’ve won important victories in the State of Florida, but our communities are still under attack. We mobilized people to both Manny Díaz Jr’s office and Tallahassee on May 1st to demand that our families are protected and kept whole. We all deserve the opportunity to fulfill our dreams, to thrive. Politicians, when not directly affected forget about our struggle. We will not let them forget and we will still keep fighting. Together, we are fighting to keep our families together, resisting exploitative conditions for workers and demanding fair wages. We are teachers, nurses, firefighters, and we are Florida. We will fight for the democracy of our state and make politicians remember us, because we are not going anywhere.”

Italia Quinteros, undocumented youth leader with United We Dream – Florida and student at Miami Senior High School, said:

“Last week I was in Senator Manny Diaz, Jr.’s office to ask him to vote NO on SB 168 because it will lead to racial profiling and the separation of families and communities, like mine, all across our state. But he chose to shut us out and not listen to his constituents.

The truth is that Sen. Manny Diaz voted to deport our families. He voted to enable police to come after those of us who call Florida home.

This has only lit a fire in us, as youth, to keep fighting for our future and the future of our state. Senator Diaz can still fix this. An amended SB 168 is about to return to the Senate: we need him to protect our communities by voting NO on this dangerous bill.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.