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January 02, 2007

Featured Activists

The Pulse: Your Resource for Immigration Advocacy


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December 26, 2006

Special Year-End Edition:
It Doesn't Take Super Powers to Make a Difference

Being an Advocate
You're the Best - Immigration Attorneys as Activists
AILA Advocacy Made Simple: A Guide for New Activists
How to Meet With Members of Congress
How to Use the Congressional Action & Information Center
Advocacy Contacts Form
AILA's Town Hall Toolkit
AILA's Guide to Media Advocacy
Featured Activists
Mario Ramos, Mid-South Chapter
Ginger Jacobs and Diana Vellos Coker, San Diego Chapter
The Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter
You Don't Need Super Powers to Make a Difference
AILA Lobby Day 2007
Keeping Up with the Action
The Pulse
Being an Advocate
You're the Best - Immigration Attorneys as Activists
AILA members are uniquely positioned to promote positive messages about immigrants and immigration because of your expert knowledge of immigration laws, your power of persuasion, and, most of all, your passion.

You’re an expert. You know more about the real life impact of immigration law than most legislators and their staffs.

You’re persuasive. Your career is based on your ability to be a persuasive advocate for your clients. Your ability to make a clear and persuasive argument is a true asset to this social movement.

You CARE. Your compassion and sincerity are your greatest strengths as an advocate. You have the intensity of a social activist and the professionalism of a businessman- a great combination for promoting fair and workable immigration laws and policies.

Not convinced? Check out this short presentation about attorney advocacy on AILA member Carl Shusterman's website.

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AILA Advocacy Made Simple: A Guide for New Activists
Use these 4 easy-to-follow instruction guides to promote CIR, make your voice heard on local radio, engage the business community in your advocacy work, and build coalitions locally!

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How to Meet With Members of Congress
These tips will walk you through the process of setting up a meeting with your legislator, preparing for the meeting, discussing your concerns and asking for your legislator’s support, and following up afterward.

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How to Use the Congressional Action & Information Center
A simple Q&A on the Congressional Action & Information Center, AILA’s tool to help you contact your legislators, as well as local and national media, and find information about immigration-related legislation pending in Congress.

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Advocacy Contacts Form
Does the local newspaper editor live next door to you? Let us know! Our collective advocacy contacts are invaluable as we educate policy makers and our communities about fair and reasonable immigration laws. Fill out this confidential form, and we’ll help you communicate most effectively with your influential contacts on our advocacy priorities.

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AILA's Town Hall Toolkit
This Tool Kit will provide you with an overview of Town Hall meetings, tips for developing strategic questions to ask your Member of Congress, and the steps for maximizing the effectiveness of your advocacy at the event. You will also find AILA’s step-by-step instructions for attending and making the most of your Town Hall participation.

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AILA's Guide to Media Advocacy
Media advocacy is essential to the creation of pro-immigration policies and laws that directly impact your clients and your practice, since the terms of the immigration debate often are played out, if not determined, through press coverage. Most of us form opinions or take actions based upon how the media presents an issue. Politicians pay particular attention to the media and public opinion in planning their campaign and policy priorities and contemplating their votes. That's why it's so important for us to work pro-actively with the media, to drive the story rather than just respond to it. As demonstrated by the advertisements and articles our opposition has placed, our adversaries recognize the importance of media advocacy and act on it. We need to do the same!

For more information and to download AILA's Tips for Media Advocates, visit the Media Guides page on InfoNet.

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Featured Activists
I was selected as a featured activist by the American Immigration Lawyers Association in the year end edition of the Pulse. Here is the entry;

"Mario Ramos, Mid-South Chapter
AILA Advocacy can be just as easy and routine as getting your coffee fix. AILA Mid-South Chapter member Mario Ramos met one key staff person from the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for coffee one time and introduced him to the issue of immigration. Two more meetings and two more months later, executive members of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce came to Washington, D.C., to lobby for comprehensive immigration reform. Read about Mario's outstanding advocacy on pages 6 & 7 of the July/August 2006 issue of AILA's Dispatch".

I will put the Dispatch article on my website with a link.

Posted by VisaLawyer at January 2, 2007 08:49 AM

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