October 20, 2009
Great Post from Jenny Levy Manager, Grassroots Advocacy American Immigration Lawyers Association
"Thousands of immigration reform advocates from around the country traveled to DC today (last week) to meet with members of Congress and to rally in support of CIR. Beginning at 6:30am, bus after bus arrived at Union Station staging areas and in front of the Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill to drop off hundreds of passengers at a time. Drenched in their eagerness to make their voices heard on the Hill, the activists stepped off the buses they'd ridden patiently for hours, some for over a day, with cheers for unity and progress!
After a rousing morning of speeches from a Massachusetts Pastor, a leader from the Polish Initiative of Chicago (who demanded immigration reform for families in Spanish, Polish, French, and English), a mother with her two children desperate for immigration reform, and the Manager of Grassroots Advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the crowd was prepared to march to Congressional offices to carry the banner (literally and figuratively) for reform.
The successful day of meetings swelled louder still when the thousands of advocates gathered on the west lawn of the US Capitol to rally for CIR. Joining them were key Congressional supporters: Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia, Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Sen. Robert Menendez of Illinois, Rep. Yvette Clark of New York, Rep. Nydia Velazquez of New York, Rep. Mike Honda of California, and Rep. Xavier Becerra of California. Further elevating the importance of the day, Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois proudly articulated his core principles for an immigration reform bill which he intends to introduce in the coming weeks.
Today was a reminder that the immigration social movement, of which we are apart, is fiercely energized and prepared to fight for the reform our country needs. Today was a reminder that Si Se Puede!".
October 16, 2009
Need to lobby for immigration reform
I will start a new series of entries on how to lobby for immigration reform.
October 01, 2009
A woman posing as an "Immigration officer" steals baby in Nashville"
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A woman posing as an immigration officer went to a Nashville home yesterday afternoon and threatened to arrest the woman inside. Instead, the "officer" stabbed the victim repeatedly and, when the woman ran to get help, stole her baby. More here from the Tennessean.