Recently in Pro-Migrant Sanctuarysphere Category
First, if you haven't heard, Presente.org, where I am a Campaign Associate, has a new Executive Director, Arturo Carmona. Jorge Rivas at Color Lines covered the announcement and here's Presente.org's official press release. After participating in a lengthy interview process, I can truly say that I'm really excited to work under Arturo's leadership, and having him on full-time this new year has already made a huge difference.
Second, Amalia Deloney of Latinos for Internet Freedom has a great post on why Latin@s should oppose SOPA/PIPA that's adds to my post on why migrants should oppose SOPA/PIPA.
Finally, Crooks and Liars published my post on Scott Douglas's interview on the Colbert Report, where he effectively states his opposition to Alabama's HB 56, the nation's worst statewide immigration law. Thanks to John Amato and the rest of the C&L team for continuing to be supportive of my pro-migrant blogging.
Happy Thursday everyone!
Jaya Ramji-Nogales discusses a pair of recent European court decisions applying provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights to protect the children of migrants. Most strikingly, a Dutch appellate court recently prevented the Dutch government from placing a failed asylum-seeker's children in foster care to facilitate their mother's deportation. According to Ramji-Nogales, "The court decided that the children's right to family unity overrode the state interest in immigration enforcement." Ramji-Nogales sums up:
For those of us beyond the jurisdiction of the ECHR, the decisions offer a tantalizing glimpse of the impact of a robust supranational human rights regime on domestic law and policy on the treatment of migrants. And though the holdings are modest, the use of human rights language with respect to undocumented immigrants and their children and the explicit prioritizing of their rights as individuals over the state's interest in enforcement (as compared to the federal preemption analyses used to assess the rights of immigrants in recent U.S. decisions) holds significant expressive power.
Julianne Hing, guest blogging at the Atlantic, struggles with the tension between the quest for the Perfect Immigrant and the reality of imperfect human beings. I was raised in a religious household, and sometimes scriptures still pop into my head. Reading Hing's post and some of the inevitable anti-immigrant comments it triggered, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" comes to mind.
And via Dee at Immigration Talk, reggaeton artists Wisin & Yandel created a music video to accompany their song "Estoy Enamorado" that captures the migrant struggle in a way too rarely seen in mainstream popular culture.
This is also a good time to let folks know where they should be getting their immigration news and views. Prerna Lal has always been a leader over at change.org and she's been joined recently by Alex DiBranco, who also does good work.
1. Drop in to visit Congressional members: If you are in the Washington D.C. area or can afford to come to D.C. to lobby Senators, now is the time to do so. There is no risk involved, even if you are undocumented. To date, no Senator or House representative or their various aides on Capitol Hill has ever looked at an undocumented student in the eye and actually said, "I don't think you deserve to live here." Here is a small guide on how to meet with your Senator or Representative.
2. Keep those calls coming - On Thursday, the immigrant youth network alone made close to 10,000 calls. They aimed for 15,000 on Friday. For some offices, pro-DREAM Act calls are finally matching and even beating the anti-immigrant calls against the legislation. Now is not the time to give up. If a third-grader can make calls, so can you. Here is a target list to get you started with instructions for what to say.3. Email, email email - Don't underestimate the power of email petitions. At Change.org, we have stopped several deportations and directed thousands of emails to Congressional members and their aides for immigrant rights.
4. Join the grassroots actions - Immigrant youth are organizing in their own states to show their support for the DREAM Act. It shows solidarity while drawing media attention to the issue. You can see a list of actions here and even hold your own.
5. Fax - After making the calls and driving the emails, how about helping to jam some fax lines for the DREAM Act? Get on it here.
Prerna Lal - Change.org (19 September 2010)
It's been one month since the DREAM Now Series started, and it's been far more successful than I had ever imagined. DREAM Now Letters have been cross-posted and mentioned by a wide selection of bloggers. Those blog posts, in turn, have been viewed, shared and retweeted tens of thousands of times.
This post will mark the completion of the first week of the DREAM Now Letters. This social media campaign has been an immediate success, which is in large part due to the historic actions of DREAMers this week.
Major bloggers from across the net, which I will link to below, have already cross-posted both Mohammad Abdollahi's and Yahaira Carrillo's stories. The letters even made a brief appearance on memeorandum, a news aggregator that I'm addicted to.
Stateless People at Dream Act Texas.
Who is a Stateless Person? Someone who is undocumented in the U.S. - doesn't matter if you have lived here since you were an infant, if you do not "papers" you are stateless. There are Stateless people all over the world...
Be A Part of It: A Movement Led by Undocumented People at Dream Activist.
Will you March FOR America? at Reform Immigration for America.
Today we are at a pivotal moment in the history of this nation. We are faced with a choice. We can do nothing, and watch as new American families are torn apart by the broken immigration system; watch as profiteers continue to take advantage of people desperate for work; and watch as all American families struggle to find good jobs and make ends meet. Or we can stand up, and stand together for our families and our communities.
Video Update: Congressman Becerra Addresses Future of Immigration Reform at Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
Rep. Gutierrez in Los Angeles - "Love Thy Neigboor Means Not Tearing Families Apart" at Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
'Qué pasa' in Immigration: Members of Congress Debate Reform at America's Voice.
Tea Party Leader Exemplifies Hypocrisy at its Worst at Anti-BVBL.