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Change.org's Immigrant Rights page is a good source of information and a portal for taking action through targeted online petitions. (Disclosure: I used to blog there.) Petitions are no substitute for other types of offline action, but I have seen their effectiveness in leveraging other forms of support in deportation defense cases. Targeted petitions can bring visibility to individual cases that otherwise would be swept under the rug by the Obama administration. I speculate that they might also be a type of "gateway" activism, informing and engaging participants who are then more likely to pick up the phone to call legislators, attend rallies, and meet like-minded people offline.
With that in mind, here are three recent immigrant rights petitions on change.org. If you would like to add your voice to those who have already signed, jump on in:
Ask President Obama to save Florinda and halt ICE's "Secure Communities" program.
Florinda is the mother of U.S. citizen children, and is at risk of deportation because of the notorious "Secure Communities" program. "Secure Communities" puts local police at work enforcing immigration law - misusing local resources and undermining of community/police relations. U.S. citizens, babies and kids are separated from their parents and family members because of "Secure Communities."
PLEASE HELP US FREE INNOCENT 19YR OLD PEDRO JOEL ESPINOZA!!!!!!!!!!
My boyfriend was brought to the U.S at 3months old by his father, he is now 19yrs old and has been here all his life, his dad was going to help get his legal status but his dad passed away when he was 4years old and his grandma who had legal status had a petiton set up for him and other grand kids to get their legal status but during the process she died and they canceled everything. He was currently attending school to get his diploma, he was riding his bike home to get clothes to go camping with us and got stopped for riding without a light, now hes been in jail for almost 2 months on no charges, hes never been in trouble. In a second his life changed, he didnt ask to be brought here. Everyday he is calling us crying so scared that he will get deported to a country hes never been to and has no family or place to live.
Don't Hold Tucson's School District Hostage For Teaching Hispanic Heritage
The Tucson school board, student activists, Ethnic Studies teachers and educators agree -- the Ethnic Studies program is a great asset to students in Arizona. Tell the state's Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education to overturn Horne's ruling and keep this valuable program running.
The list of almost 130 pro-migrant blogs I've come up with are not a random assortment of obscure blogs. I'm actively in touch with an author at each of these blogs, they have all been updated in the past year, and they meet a stringent set of requirements. Please continue to contact me if I'm missing any. I missed quite a few obvious ones in the beginning.
I will paste the updated list, again, below, and give it a rest for a time.
Eventually I learned what other bloggers on the site had realized long before, that a certain reactive style of blogging based around the news of the day or content provided by other sources was not the most effective use of time or blog space. What I saw other editors doing there which I tried to mimic was to introduce new content and analysis into the blogosphere and use the site to promote offline campaigns.
It is clear that management and the bloggers at change.org are committed to achieving impactful social change. I only recently started to realize the truly revolutionary potential of the platform which the site's founders have put in place. I sincerely hope that the site reaches its goal of becoming a hub for grassroots collaborative activism, and I am happy that the site plans to maintain its current commitment to promoting the rights of migrants both inside and outside the U.S.
I've got to say though, that the best coverage of Herta's story comes from Hoa Quach of Global Voices. Quach seems to have grasped the nuances of this story better than most. It's probably because she has covered the work of dreamactivist.org before.
I am continuously updating media outlets that have covered Herta's story here.
Following is a list of
The Morning Review is a progressive radio show. You can tune into 90.7 FM (Los Angeles) or 98.7 FM (Santa Barbara) or listen live online (http://www.kpfk.org/listen
This space will be used to educate the general public on issues affecting undocumented students and their families. We will also promote any local events and actions by our allies, like the CA Dream Network and United We Dream -DreamAvtivist.org
Although it's not our first time in the radio, this is our first time participating in such an exciting project. So, we hope you listen to us tomorrow and if you have any suggestions or questions, please send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org Type in "MORNING REVIEW-KPFK" in the subject line.
So here's a bit of explanation. When the website Change.org relaunched about a month ago, I joined the site as the immigrant rights blogger. I also changed jobs and moved to a new city around the same time, and the time seemed right to stop using my pseudonym, "yave begnet." So that is why you've been seeing less of yave, and more of me. It's less schizophrenic this way and less confusing to me, at least.
So check out the new site, if you get a chance. I'll still be blogging here regularly, but not quite as frequently as I have been for the past year.