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March 23, 2005

Wednesday evening I attended the Tennessee immigrant legislative reception

The reception brought together New American, immigrants, their supporters, Tennessee legislators, Howard Gentry, the vice-mayor of Nashville, numerous representatives of all branches of government. It was a good reception where we talked about issues and met with each other. This was the 2nd annual reception with the Tennessee legislators and elected officials. There I met numerous friends who had taken time out of their busy schedules to attend. This is a great example of using a network to create an event to allow discussion of issues. These are difficult times for immigrants and it is important use our collective efforts together. If your state has not organized this type of event it is very important to host one in your state capital. There were persons and groups from all over Tennessee who attended the reception. Recognition was given to Senator Douglas Henry, Representative Mike Turner and others who have supported the New American and immigrant issues. The event conveners were the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Conexión Américas, Egyptian National Association, Lao Association of Tennessee, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors; American Association of Refugee and Immigrant Women (AARIW), Nashville Chapter, Asociación Latina de Tennessee, Columbian Solidarity Network of Tennessee, Centro Latino of Shelbyville, Highlander Center, Hispanic Achievers, Iranian Association of Middle Tennessee, Iraqi House, Knoxville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Kurdish Forum, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), Middle Tennessee Chapter, Nashville Immigrant and Refugee Task Force, Nigerian National Association , Somali Community Center, Woodbine Community Organization. Business Sponsors; Ajax Turner, Nashville Hotel and Lodging Association, Stewart Clifton, Tennessee AFL-CIO, Tennessee Foreign Language Institute, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, PLLC (event location). Media Sponsors; El Crucero, El Paisano, La Campana, La Noticia, La Prensa Latina, Mundo Hispano, Solo Nashville, Telefutura Channel 42. For more information contact David Lubell, TIRRC (615) 846-6672 www.tnimmigrant.org

Posted by VisaLawyer at March 23, 2005 07:24 AM

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