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News from Across the Country
9/8: Obama broke his promise to Latinos
By Carmen Velasquez - Politico.com
When Barack Obama and I last sat down in 2006, I refused to shake his hand. Today, I still won’t. His announcement last weekend that he would delay executive action on immigration is his fifth broken promise to Latinos on this all-important issue for our community. He has been blind to the pain of the 1,100 deportations our communities face every day and the anguish our families feel as they are swung back and forth as political pawns....
9/6: White House Immigration Relief Delay: Politics Over People!
By Voces de la Frontera
"Today's news is a clear statement from Washington that once again, politics trumps the lives of people....
9/3: National Religious Leaders Send One-Sentence Letter to Obama: Don’t Trade Kids' Lives in Immigration Action
By Coalition of National Faith Leaders
Forty national religious leaders have delivered a succinct, one-sentence message to President Barack Obama urging him not to compromise the lives of children fleeing violence in Central America as the Administration considers its next steps on immigration....
8/24: America's Continuing Border Crisis (2)
By Aviva Chomsky
In fact, the so-called “crisis” of these last months is anything but new, while the “debate” over where to temporarily detain the children is beside the point. The number of Central American youths crossing the U.S.-Mexican border has been rising steadily since 2000. Figures for minors apprehended at the border have gone up from a few thousand a year as the twenty-first century began, to 6,000-8,000 annually through 2011, 13,625 in 2012, and 24,668 in 2013....
8/24: America’s Continuing Border Crisis (1)
By Aviva Chomsky
Call it irony or call it a nightmare, but the “crisis” of Central American children crossing the U.S.-Mexican border, which lasted for months amid fervent and angry debate, is now fading from the news. The media stories have been legion, the words expended many. And yet, as the “crisis” leaves town, as the sound and fury die down and attention shifts elsewhere (even though the children continue to arrive), the real factors that would have made sense of what’s been happening remain essentially untouched and largely unmentioned. It couldn’t be stranger -- or sadder....
8/21: Seven Reasons Why Undocumented Immigrants are Rooted in America
By Immigration Impact
With immigration legislation now moribund in Congress, all eyes have turned to the White House to see what sorts of non-legislative fixes to the immigration system might be implemented by the Obama administration....
8/5: As U.S. Speeds the Path to Deportation, Distress Fills New Family Detention Centers
By Julia Preston - New York Times
After declaring the surge of Central American migrants crossing the border a humanitarian crisis, the Obama administration has shifted sharply to a strategy of deterrence, moving families to isolated facilities and placing them on a fast track for deportation to send a blunt message back home that those caught entering illegally will not be permitted to stay....
8/10: Private Prisons House More Latinos Than Do Public Ones, Study Finds
By Matt Thompson - NPR
In March, Rina Palta reported for Code Switch on a study that found private prisons were disproportionately filled with inmates of color. A broader recent study of federal data from 2005 has revealed something similar: The proportion of white inmates was significantly smaller in private prisons than in public ones, and the proportion of Latino inmates was larger....
Fall 2014 U.S.
Immigrant Alert! Newsletter
National Religious Leaders Send One-Sentence Letter to Obama: Don’t Trade Kids' Lives in Immigration Action!
WASHINGTON – Forty national religious leaders have delivered a succinct, one-sentence message to President Barack Obama urging him not to compromise the lives of children fleeing violence in Central America as the Administration considers its next steps on immigration.
With new reports of Honduran children being killed following their deportation from the US and Mexico, this incredibly short message underscores the critical importance of protecting children and families seeking safety. The full letter reads:
While we celebrate the potential of executive action to alleviate the suffering caused by our nation’s broken immigration system – particularly in light of political inaction in Congress – it must not come at the cost of due process and access to humanitarian protection for children and families fleeing violence in Central America.
9/6: White House Immigration Relief Delay: Politics Over People!
Joe Shansky, Voces de la Frontera
White House Immigration Relief Delay: Politics Over People
In response to the President's announcement today that he will again delay executive action on immigration, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, released the following:
"Today's news is a clear statement from Washington that once again, politics trumps the lives of people.
Six years ago, President Obama was elected on a pledge to pass immigration reform in the first 100 days of his term. Instead, his administration has squandered the opportunity to move a bill under a majority Democratic Congress.
They have chosen to continue the previous administration's "endgame" enforcement policies to build and expand a deportation machinery that has torn families apart, criminalized working class people whose labor we benefit from, and only served to benefit private prisons and private military contractors on the border.
Yet again the President asks the people for more time. Our families don't have that time - not when ICE's arbitrary quotas demand that 32,000 people be detained a day and 1,100 end up being deported daily.
The major lesson for our movement now is to overcome the cruel partisan gamesmanship that dominates our culture, and for the people most impacted to escalate our activity and voices on the ground.
That's how we defeated draconian legislation like Sensenbrenner's HR 4437 or Arizona-style criminalization laws, and secured meaningful victories like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
And that's why we'll mobilize harder than than ever to defend our communities, in the face of these cynical political calculations."
Immigrant News Summary
By National Immigrant Solidarity Network
May Day 2014
Mobilization For Immigrant Workers Rights!
(Photo: Los Angeles May Day 2013)
May Day 2013 Reports
from Across the Country (PDF
National Immigrant Solidarity
We are calling
A national day of multi-ethnic unity with youth,
labor, peace and justice communities in solidarity
with immigrant workers and building new immigrant
rights & civil rights movement! Wear White
T-Shirt; organize local actions to support immigrant
1. No to anti-immigrant
legislation, police surveillance and the criminalization
of the immigrant communities.
2. No to militarization of the border.
3. No to the private prison, immigrant detention
4. No to the guest worker program.
5. No to the TPP, NDAA, Gitmo political prisoner's
6. Yes to a path to legalization without condition
for undocumented immigrants NOW.
7. Yes to speedy family reunification.
8. Yes to civil rights and humane immigration
9. Yes to labor rights and living wages for
10. Yes to the education and LGBTQ immigrant
everyone to actively linking our issues with
different struggles: wars in Africa, the Americas,
Asia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine & Korea
with sweatshops exploitation in Asia as well
as in Los Angeles, New York; international arm
sales and WTO, FTAA, NAFTA & CAFTA with
AIDS, hunger, child labors and child solider;
as well as multinational corporations and economic
exploitation with racism and poverty at home—in
order we can win the struggle together at this
May Day 2014!
Please send your May Day 2014 annoucement and reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
May Day Actions:
May Day 2013
May Day 2010 Reports from Across the Country
Day 2010 Reports Home Page
Los Angeles, May Day 2010
25th 2006 Los Angeles Mobilization
Past and Recent National Immigrant Solidarity Network Campaigns
National Immigrant Solidarity Network
4th National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy Conference
& Immigrant Rights Film Festival
April 10-12, 2009 Chicago, IL
Stop Immigrant Raids! Support Immigrant Workers Rights!
Together We Build A New Immigrant Rights Movement!
Successful Ending! Together We Build A New Immigrant Workers Rights and Justice Movements of 2009!
Conference Report, Campaign Proposals
National Immigrant Solidarity Network (NISN) is a grassroots, broad-based, multiethnic coalition of community, immigrant, labor, human rights and student activist groups, founded in 2002 in response to the urgent needs for the national coalition to fight immigrant bashing, support immigrant rights, no to the sweatshops exploitation and end to the racism on the community! We also actively linking our issues with different struggles: wars in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine & Korea with sweatshops exploitation in Asia as well as in Los Angeles, New York; international arm sales and WTO, FTAA, NAFTA & CAFTA with AIDS, hunger, child labors and child solider; as well as multinational corporations and economic exploitation with racism and poverty at home—in order we can win the struggle together.
Between April 10-12, 2009 on Chicago, IL; over 110 organizers, activists and community members from African American, Native American, African immigrant, European Immigrant, Asian American, Latino/Latina, Arab-Muslim-North African, progressive labor, interfaith, LGBT, student, anti-war/peace and global justice groups from across the country. To meet face-to-face at to discuss how to build a new national, broad-based, immigrant rights/civil rights movement, and to set our 2009-2010 national grassroots immigrant campaign strategy.
We agrees together we’ll focus on building all multi-ethnic, multi-constituent, broad-based grassroots immigrant rights movements run by de-centralized volunteer-based community-rooted immigrant rights activists from youth, workers and community members who can play more active role on campaign formulation and decision making for local coalition building to organize popular education campaigns, such as: campaign to against immigrant dentition, deportation & raids; immigrant labor rights movement; campaign against local anti-immigrant ordinance; comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) and linking the immigrant rights movement with other struggles, such as: anti-war and anti-globalization movements.
We welcomes our new steering committee member Alex Franco from Movement for Unconditional Amnesty, Philadelphia, PA.
We'll also discuss the lessons from the 2008 election and what we should expect from the new President and the Congress affecting immigrant legislation for the next two years.
We acknowledges that different people from different organizations, backgrounds have different believes on how to achieve the justice and better future for the tens of millions of immigrants across the country, and how immigrant rights movements can link to the broader peace and justice movements.
We had agreements, we have difference and even heated debates; after three days conference, at Sunday April 12th based on the feedbacks and proposals submitted to the conference, we had draft our new points of unity and strategic immigrant campaign proposals.
For those didn’t able to come, we welcome your feedback and any suggestions of additions/modifications to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org no later then Friday April 24, 2009.
For more information, please visit:
Jan 29, 2007 Washigton
D.C. Congressional Lobby
and National Call-In Day for Immigrant Rights
by: National Immigrant Solidarity Network
On Monday, January 29, a group
of us, representatives from San Francisco La Raza Legal
Centro, National Organization of Women, veterans and I met
with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's staff on immigration and present
our open letter and exchanges ideas on the immigration issues.
In addition, thank you for everyone who had visited and
call your representatives at the Call-In day, at dozen states.
the Congressional Lobby Day Report
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Day 2006 - We Have Made History!
Ten Millions Across
the Country Take to the Streets to Demand Immigrant Rights!
Today was one of the
most important days in U.S. history: ten millions of immigrants,
activists and allies in over 200 cities from across the
country chose to skip work, school, and the normal daily
routine to participate in "A Day Without Immigrants."
We held a national boycott, general strikes, rallies and
symbolic actions in order to demand basic rights for all
immigrants, and to build a new multi-ethnic united civil
rights movement for the 21st century!
from Spirng 2006 Immigrant Mobilizations