August 27 2004 SpeakOut!

Immigrant Voting Rights Campaign
New Immigrant Community
Empowerment (NICE)

Street Vendors Struggle
Proyecto de los Trabajadore
Latino Americanos (PTLA)

Day Laborers Struggle
Casa Freehold

The War
Against The Poor

Poor People's Economic
Human Rights Campaign

Wackenhut Detainees Hunger Strike
Coney Island Avenue Project

Immigrant Detention
Grassroots Leadership TX/STOPP

Immigrants in US Politics
Erin Hawkins

Fundamental Rights
of Immigrants

African Services Committee

With music by
Nana Soul

Food Not Bombs &
Seeds of Peace

MC/DJ by Artists & Activists United for Peace

Initial Schedule for the August 27 Immigrant Workers Speak Out!

4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
setup, welcoming people, pre-discussion gathering (just people who come early to create a space to talk)

5:00 PM

opening ceremony, introduction to the Speak Out!

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Exposeé (tabling, cultural performance and speakers)

8:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Break out sections (workshops and meetings)

9:15 PM - 9:45 PM
Report back and Closing ceremony

9:45 PM - 10:15 PM

clean up

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1. August 27 2004 New York City Immigrant Workers Speak Out!
2. Updates on Civil Liberties Restoration Act (CLAR)
3. Press Release: Anti-Immigration Group is Distorting EPI Research
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Friday August 27, 2004
Immigrant-Worker Solidarity Day Of Action
SpeakOut! in New York City Brings Hundreds Together

A day of immigrant workers and community activists gathering to speak out the Issues

On the first day of the mobilization to protest the Bush Agenda at the Republican National Convention in New York City, 500 people attended the Speak Out! organized by the Immigrant Solidarity Network. The program was designed to lift the voices of grassroots Immigrant organizations and workers, raising awareness of the many varied issues and struggles being led from within immigrant communities themselves.

Speakers from Latino, South Asian, Muslim, Asian and African communities came together to relate news from their struggles. One of the goals of the conference was to bring the disparate focuses of many groups into a forum that would emphasize unity and promote the development of strategic action for all immigrant groups to share in the coming years.

Another goal was to present the specific information about "on the ground" immigrant struggles to the mostly foriegn policy oriented activists who make up the non-immigrant and non-people of color "left."

Many people who came to listen commented on the value of the day and expressed an appreciation for the event, reflecting that there is a need for this type of community and movement-building work.

Over 30 grassroots groups participated or endorsed the event. Speakers and tables from these groups provided a broad slice of the experience of Immigrants in post-911 US.

Organizers are looking forward to moving forward in the future with the idea of a national stategy conference in which grassroots groups from all regions of the US could meet and develop a common stategy for increasing their political power and securing the goals of legalization, justice and a life free from discrimination and racism.

Immigrant Solidarity Network joined in two marches/demonstrations on Monday, August 30. The Marches - Still We Rise's Poor Peoples' March and the Poor Peoples' Economic Human Rights Campaign March For Our Lives - focused on redressing injustices and the negative domestic effects of US policies that have spread war and neo-liberal colonialism around the world.

Photos from the Aug 27 Speak Out!

Demands expressed for Immigrants Rights at the Aug 27 Speak Out included:

Voting Rights for Immigrants

Widely practiced during the first 150 years of U.S. history, immigrant voting is now undergoing a revival across the United States as communities embrace the idea of universal enfranchisement. In more than 20 countries in Europe, immigrants already have voting rights, which they have held for decades. New York City is now home to 1,361,007 immigrants of voting age who are not yet citizens. That means one 1of 5 New Yorkers of voting age can't vote. These city residents are subject to all the laws that citizens must observe. They contribute in countless ways to the economic vitality and social and cultural life of this city that serves as the unofficial capital of the world.

No to the Future Special Registration and Immigrant Deportation

Although declared “ended” by the Bush administration, according from the National Immigration Forum the special registration didn’t end and it can come back anytime the government wants it to. The "call-in" provisions of the INS Special Registration program require innocent immigrants to report to INS offices to “register”, only to find themselves subjecedt to arbitrary arrest, detention, abuse and possible deportation.

Oppose the CLEAR Act

This bill requires state and local police to enforce federal, civil immigration laws. Using local police to enforce federal immigration laws conflicts with their primary mission of fighting crime in our communities. Under CLEAR, Domestic violence, gang intimidation and drug activity will likely all increase because when immigrants begin to see local police as agents of the federal government, with the power to deport them or their family members, they are less likely to approach local law enforcement with tips on crimes or suspicious activity.

Support the DREAM Act

Many undocumented students find colleges and university doors closed to them because of their immigration status after graduation. These are longtime residents of this country who have grown up and have made the United States their home. Thus, many students are forced to abandon their dreams and hopes of a career. By supporting the DREAM Act, we are investing in communities that would eventually benefit from the careers that these students are pursuing. Our communities cannot afford to be ignoring these students anymore!

Contact Information for Selected Participating/Endorsing Organizations

New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
71-34 Roosevelt Ave. (Lower Level)
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Tel: (718)205-8796


Still We Rise Coalition
Tel: (718)802-0678
Web: http://

Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign
PO Box 50678 Philadelphia, PA 19132
Tel: (888)233-1948


Proyecto de los Trabajadores Latino Americanos (PTLA)
Tel: (718)628-6222

Coney Island Avenue Project
718 859-0238 or 917 440-9002

Casa Freehold
732 492-4766

African Services Committee
429 West 127th Street, New York, NY 10027
Tel: (212)222-3882


Asociación Tepayac
251 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212)568-6616

New York City AIDS Housing Network
80A Fourth Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tel: (718)802-9540

Web: http://

Artists & Activists United for Peace (AAUP)
Tel: (212)545-4178


New York Legal Aid Society
199 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
Tel: 212 577-3300

Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10012
Tel: (212)614-6470


International Action Center (IAC)
39 West 14th St. Rm. 206, New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212)633-6646


Campaign for Labor Rights/Nicaragua Network
1247 E St. SE Washington DC 20003
Tel: (202)544-9355

Web: http://www.campaignforlaborrigh

Center for Immigrant Families
Tel: (212)531-3011

Special thanks to all of the above and more for whom we are lacking contact information, but to whom we are indebted for their important contributions to the Speak Out. And special thanks to St Mark's Church, Rev. Frank Morales, Sean, Jimmy, Tylon, Shawana, Shirley, Marc, Arif, Tom, Pamela and Alice for their help and support.

Call to Action

Friday August 27, the day before the RNC Mobilization in New York City we call for a day of immigrant workers and community activists to put minds together and declare: No Immigrant Bashing! Support Immigrant Rights! No To Sweatshops! End The Racism On The Community!

National Immigrant Solidarity Network and community, immigrant, human rights and student activist organizations will come together to call August 27 The Immigrant Worker Day of Action and Speak Out as a part of upcoming counter Republican National Convention Mobilization at New York City, August 29 to September 2.

We hope the Speak Out! can achieve a bourgeoning unity among community activists for a campaign strategy on immigrant-labor issues. We need to strengthen the anti-sweatshop campaigns, and the fight against racism. We will further the understanding on how to build a sustainable community campaign for the alternative to state and corporate causing poverty and refugees.

We want people and organizations participating in the Speak Out! help build the national structure for national campaign strategies.

We also hope the Speak Out! can be a model for the anti-globalization movement by creating a the new direction for joining international campaigns with community campaigns, to work with immigrant and student-labor organizations to support domestic immigrant rights campaigns from Mexico, Central and South Americas; and to link local issues to the anti-sweatshops and anti-globalization movements.

We will take back our communities.