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News from Across the Country
3/21: One month to go! Earth Day to May Day!
By Alliance for Global Justice
When Cheri Honkala, of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, spoke at the Tear Down the Walls National Gathering this past November, she asked the participants to get involved with the Global Climate Convergence as one of the Tear Down the Walls national days of local action. It was accepted and following up, AFGJ would like to encourage people and organizations to add their weight to this important global effort....
3/21:Eight Year Old Reportedly Committed Suicide After Deportation
By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee - ThinkProgress
An eight year old reportedly committed suicide last week after border patrol authorities caught her with a migrant smuggler as they attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the Associated Press. Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (National Human Rights Commission) released a press statement on Monday, saying that it would investigate her death and find her parents who live in the United States....
3/22: NW Hunger Strike: Strike leader speaks publicly for first time; strike leaders communicate encouragement to those on hunger strike in Texas
By Maru Mora Villalpando - Latino Advocacy
Jose Moreno, newly released hunger strike leader, spoke publicly about conditions inside the Northwest Detention Center and the reasons for the hunger strike....
3/20: From Tacoma to Texas, Hunger Strikers Challenge Private Immigration Detention Centers (2)
By Candice Bernd - Truthout
The hunger strikes have highlighted specific aspects of federal immigration policy such as the "bed mandate" policy, which sets a quota of 34,000 beds that the Department of Homeland Security is required to fill to receive appropriations. Another policy the strikers criticize is that of mandatory detention, in which immigrants suspected of being undocumented are held indefinitely without bail pending deportation review. The policy leaves people such as Vásquez, who have been apprehended under Operation Cross Check, in limbo at detention centers while authorities review their immigration status....
3/20: From Tacoma to Texas, Hunger Strikers Challenge Private Immigration Detention Centers (1)
By Candice Bernd - Truthout
A hunger strike at a private GEO Group immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington, has spread to another GEO facility in Texas after President Obama called for a review of immigration-enforcement policies last week. But will private prison lobbying ensure beds at these facilities stay filled?
3/19: Immigrant struggle for drivers licenses heats up in Minnesota
By Brad Sigal - Fight Back! News
With the new legislative session underway, the drivers licenses for all campaign is kicking back into high gear in Minnesota. The immigrant rights movement is mobilizing to press the state legislature and Governor Dayton to pass a bill that would grant basic equality for immigrants....
3/19: Immigrants Launch Hunger Strike in Texas Detention Center
By Priscila Mosqueda - Texas Observer
Immigrants in a for-profit detention center in Conroe are refusing to eat to protest conditions at the facility. The protests in Texas follow a similar hunger strike that began two weeks ago at a Tacoma, Washington, detention center....
3/7: Obama’s 2015 Budget Adopts Contradictory Stance on Immigration
By Walter Ewing - American Immigration Council
The Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal is of two minds about how to deal with the broken U.S. immigration system. On the one hand, the document calls for the creation of “a pathway to earned citizenship for hardworking men and women” who are in the United States without legal status. On the other hand, the budget would continue to devote significant sums of money to the detention and deportation of many of the same people for whom the administration would like to create a path to citizenship. In other words, the administration pledges that it will do its best to deport from the country the very same people it wants to help stay....
Spring 2014 U.S.
Immigrant Alert! Newsletter
2014: What’ll be Happen to the Immigration Reform?
The Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal is of two minds about how to deal with the broken U.S. immigration system. On the one hand, the document calls for the creation of “a pathway to earned citizenship for hardworking men and women” who are in the United States without legal status. On the other hand, the budget would continue to devote significant sums of money to the detention and deportation of many of the same people for whom the administration would like to create a path to citizenship. In other words, the administration pledges that it will do its best to deport from the country the very same people it wants to help stay.
While the budget underscores how we'll benefit from commonsense immigration reform by accounting for savings the Congressional Budget Office has forecast, it continues our dysfunctional and illogical immigration detention system. As in past years, the budget includes billions of dollars for the detention operations of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — part of the Department of Homeland Security — including funding for 30,539 detention beds....
Immigrant News Summary
By National Immigrant Solidarity Network
May Day 2013
Mobilization For Immigrant Workers Rights!
of Cities/Communities, Hundred of Thousands People
Across the Country March to DemandImmigrant Workers
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 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 2013!
May Day Actions:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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