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4/15 New York City: IMPORTANT Immigrant Voting Rights Rally
Released 13 April 2005  By Shirley Lin - New Immigrant Community Empowerment

Rally and Press Conference

Friday, April 15th, 12:00 noon
Outside of the Main Post Office
441 8th Ave, between 31st and 33rd Streets
New York, NY

Info: Cheryl Wertz at 718-205-8796

Organized by: New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)


Dear NICE friends, supporters and volunteers,

Our local democracy is in crisis. 1 in 5 adult New
York City residents cannot directly participate in the
political process because he or she is not a citizen.
Here in Jackson Heights, 45%, or almost one half of
the adult population is disenfranchised. As a direct
result, our calls for health care access, quality
public educaiton, and multi-lingual government
services can be ignored by elected officials and City

Immigrants pay $18.2 BILLON dollars in New York
State income taxes every year, but 1.3 million New
York City residents have no direct say in how those
tax dollars are spent. Not only do non-citizens pay
the exact same tax rate as their citizen neighbors,
but many do not qualify for many of the services that
those tax dollars pay for, like Social Security, food
stamps, or Medicare.

Immigrants voted for the first 150 years of U.S
history, in federal, state and local elections, until
that right was taken away in an attempt to curb civil
rights and limit the distribution of political power.
Immigrants currently vote in 20 democratic countries
on every continent in the world, in Chicago and in 6
cities in Maryland. In fact, here in New York City,
non-citizen parents were able to vote in school board
elections from 1965-2003, when the school boards were

On April 15th, tax-day, please join NICE for an
exciting and energizing rally and press event to
highlight our campaign to allow documented
non-citizens to vote in New York City municipal
elections! If we are going to enfranchise 1.3 million
people, we need to show the world that there is a
large and diverse coalition of community members
willing to stand up and fight for this issue.

Friday, April 15th,
12:00 noon

Outside of the Main Post Office
441 8th Ave, between 31st and 33rd Streets

If you have any questions, please feel free to call
Director of Government Cheryl Wertz at 718-205-8796 or
send me an email at

Thanks and I hope to see you all on the 15th!!!

Shirley Lin
Community Organizer, Coordinator
Another City Is Possible Project

New Immigrant Community Empowerment
71-34 Roosevelt Avenue, Lower Level
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Phone: (718) 205 8796
Fax: (718) 505 7130

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