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July 27-29, 2007 National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy Conference
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA.

Tel: (202)595-8990

Organized by: National Immigrant Solidarity Network

Yesterday We Marched, Today We Organized, Tomorrow We'll Achieve Our Dreams and Goals!

Together We Build A New National, Broad-Based, Immigrant Rights/Civil Rights Movement!

3-Days conference Ends With Sucessful Adoptions of National Immigrant Solidarity Network 2007 - 2008 Strategic Immigrant Campaign Framework!

We believe our goals for the next 16 months should be focused on building multi-ethnic, multi-constituent, broad-based grassroots immigrant rights movements across the country-especially in the southern states and the rural communities. We envision this as a de-centralized volunteer-based community-rooted immigrant rights movement with youth, women, workers and community members playing a more active role on campaign formulation and decision making processes to shape and lead the movement.

Politically, we should focus LESS on Congressional legislation for the next two years, and focus MORE on building local coalitions, useful resources, and community-based education campaigns, such as: “know your rights” training, and local immigrant campaigns that will directly benefit communities, such as: counter-raids, detention & deportation support networks with useful resources; immigrant labor rights campaigns; campaign against local anti-immigrant ordinances; and linking the immigrant rights movement with other struggles, such as: war in Iraq and globalization.

Based on the feedback from our members and allies we had formulated our 2007-2008 Strategic Immigrant Campaign Strategy during our July 27-29 National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy Conference in Richmond, VA. This is a non-binding resolution, that will only provide you a menu of suggested actions that can guide and encourage your local organization to discuss and choose which action(s) you would like to focus on in order to organize with us:

1. Pressure Political Candidates at 2008 Elections

2. Link Immigrant Rights Movements with Other Struggles, and Building a Multi-ethnic, Multi-constituent-based Immigrant Rights Movement

3. Campaign against Raids, Detention & Deportation; and Support National Sanctuary Movement

4. Support Immigrant Labor Campaigns and Day Labor Centers

5. No to the Border Fence and Militarization of the Border

6. Strategic Resources for the Immigrant Activists

7. Support Local Grassroots Immigrant Campaigns

8. Supports Education Opportunities for Immigrant Youths

9. Immigrant Legislation

10. Diverse Tactics for Immigrant Rights Campaign

>> Read the Full Report and the Call

National Immigrant Solidarity Network Points of Unity

Great Article! (7/29 Richmond-Dispatch) Conference at UR on immigrant solidarity

Conference Photo Album

Program Highlights

Friday Night 7/27 & Saturday Night 7/28 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Community Town Hall/Film Festival on Immigrant Rights
[Free to the Public!]

Keynote Speakers: Friday 7/27

Feature Film Showing: SENTENCED HOME

Putting a human face on controversial immigration policy, SENTENCED HOME follows three young Cambodian Americans through the deportation process. Raised in inner city Seattle, they pay an unbearable price for mistakes they made as teenagers. Caught between their tragic pasts and an uncertain future, each young man confronts a legal system that offers no second chances. >> Read More | Preview

* Followed by community discussion and telephone interview with Many Uch from Seattle, WA--one of the deportees featured in the film, and the speaker from The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center.

Keynote Speakers: Saturday 7/28
Mélida & Carlos Arredondo, the People United for Peace
Their son, Alexander, was killed in Iraq. Instead of sadness, they actively reaches out to other families who have lost their family members and public speaking against the war in Iraq, and linking immigrant rights movement with peace activism.
>> Read More

United Food & Commercial Workers Union
Justice @ Smithfield campaign Linking Immigrant Rights Movement with Labor Activism

Feature Film Showing: REEL BAD ARABS

REEL BAD ARABS is a groundbreaking film that dissects a slanderous cinematic history. The films examined here date from cinema's earliest days to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters that feature machine-gun wielding, bomb-exploding "evil" Arabs. >> Read More | Preview

Conference Workshops:

National Asian American Student Conference (NAASCon)

Virginia Poverty Law Center
Equality Virginia
National Latina Institute of Reproductive Health

and more...

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About the Conference

1) No to anti-immigrant legislation, and the criminalization of the immigrant communities.
2) No to militarization of the border.
3) No to the immigrant detention and deportation.
4) No to the guest worker program.
5) No to employer sanction and "no match" letters.
6) Yes to a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
7) Yes to speedy family reunification.
8) Yes to civil rights and humane immigration law.
9) Yes to labor rights and living wages for all workers.
10) Yes to the education and LGBT immigrant legislation.

We envision this as a grassroots activist conference of broad-based, multiethnic organizers from African American, Native American, African 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 and discuss how to build a new national, broad-based, immigrant rights/civil rights movement, and to set a 6-9 month national strategy for the 2007-2008.

During our 3-days conference, we'll have over 30 workshops and plenary, the topics include: Congressional Legislation, Militarization of the Border Immigrant Detention and Deportation, Labor Organizing, Student/Youth Organizing, Education & Outreach, Multi-Ethnic Organizing, Community Support Network and Diverse Tactics to Achieve Goals.

Please come to join the movement! See you July in Richmond, VA!

Yesterday We Marched
Today We Organized
Tomorrow We'll Achieve Our Dreams and Goals!

Lee Siu Hin
National Coordinator
National Immigrant Solidarity Network

Points of Unity

NISN 2007 - 2008 Strategic Immigrant Campaign Proposal

July 4, 2007 Draft

For the past 3 months, based on the feedback from our members, allies, National Immigrant Solidarity network will formulate our 2007-2008 strategic immigrant campaign strategy, to be discuss, modify and adopt during our July 27-29 National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy Conference at Richmond, VA as Points of Unity. your feedback and opinions are highly welcomed, please send to:

>> Read the Draft

Past Conferences

July 28-30, 2006 Washington DC National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy Conference
A Success and Milestone for the Immigrant Rights Movement!

Yesterday We Marched
Today We Organized
Tomorrow We'll Achieve Our Dreams and Goals!

The 3-day (July 28-30, 2006) Washington DC National Grassroots Immigrant Strategy Conference at American University has been without doubt a success and a milestone for the immigrant rights movement. Organized by National Immigrant Solidarity Network, one of the leading coalitions involved in the March 25 Los Angeles "Gran Marcha" and the May 1st "A Day Without Immigrants" General Strike/Boycott, there were approximately 180 people from over 80 organizations across the country in attendance.

The conference represented diverse groups, including Latin@s, APIs, African Americans, African immigrants, European immigrants, LGBTQ, women, youth/students, interfaith, peace/global justice activists, white allies, labor, immigrant day laborers and community organizers from two dozen states. Community/grassroots immigrant activists from across the country met face-to-face for the first time to discuss how to collectively build a new national, broad-based, immigrant rights/civil rights movement.

Read the Full Report


August 27, 2004 New York City NISN Immigrant-Worker Solidarity Day Of Action & Immigrant Worker Speak Out! Citywide Conference

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