Read on for news and more information on upcoming immigration reform events across the country
Read on for news and more information on upcoming immigration reform events across the country
While Democratic Congress members will be in Alabama, showing their support for immigrants, others in Washington D.C. will rally in solidarity.
On Monday, November 21, a congressional delegation will hold hearings on the effect of HB 56 on Alabama’s residents, and the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice will launch its “One Family, One Alabama” campaign to repeal HB 56 and “uphold the legacy in the shared struggle for dignity and justice for all.” Allies across the country will hold vigils in solidarity.
Join the DC community to show solidarity with Alabama on this historic occasion and stand up for the civil rights of all America’s families!
Monday, November 21
Please wear white and bring positive messages of family and unity.
Hosted by Jobs with Justice, American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital (ALCU-NCA), National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Rights Working Group, NCLR
Confirmed speakers include: Father Moises Villalta, OFM Cap, Shrine of the Sacred Heart; Margaret Huang, Executive Director, Rights Working Group; Johnny Barnes, Executive Director, ALCU-NCA; A. Elena Lacayo, Immigration Field Coordinator, NCLR, Kathy Doan, CAIR Coalition
Click this link, for more details.
This Thanksgiving, it’s time to do something more than just enjoy your dinner. Have your meal while marching for immigrant rights.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) will hold a Thanksgiving march on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. to honor immigrant contributions to the United States and remember the 1.5 million immigrants deported since the beginning of the Obama administration.
Thanksgiving meals will also be served to 500 people, along with food basket giveaways to needy families.The procession will begin at the North Hollywood Day Laborer Center at 11841 Sherman Way and conclude at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church at 7800 Vineland Ave. in Sun Valley.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles was formed in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations; and through coalition-building, advocacy, community education and organizing, empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just society, according to its website.
See this link, for more information.
Several Congress members, community leaders, and activists are joining hands this Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at 7:00 p.m in a rally against Alabama HB 56.
There will be a PUBLIC HEARING from 3-5 p.m. on the same day in the Birmingham City Council Chambers.
Monday, November 21st at 7:00 pm (time subject to change) at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham (Map)
Alabama and national leaders stand together to uphold the legacy in the shared struggle for dignity and justice for all.
Guests include: Congresswoman Terri Sewell; Congressman John Lewis; Congressman Luis Gutierrez; Rev. Arthur Price Jr., Pastor of the Sixteenth
St Baptist Church; Bernard Simelton, President, NAACP of AL, Hillary Shelton, National NAACP; Mitch Ackerman, Executive Vice President SEIU; and (invited) Richard Trumka, President AFL-CIO
Una Familia, Un Alabama Lanzamiento de de la Campaña de la Coalición de Alabama por la Just ici a para los Inmigrantes
Lunes, el 21 de noviembre a las 7:00 pm (la hora esta sujeta a cambios) a la Iglesia 16th Street Baptist en Birmingham (Mapa)
El estado de Alabama y líderes nacionales se unen para mantener el legado en la lucha que compartimos por la dignidad y
justicia para todos.
Los invitados incluyen: Congresista Terri Sewell; Congresista John Lewis; Congresista Luis Gutiérrez; Reverendo Arthur Price Jr., Pastor de la 16th
St. Baptist Church; Bernard Simelton, Presidente de NAACP de AL; Hillary Shelton, NAACP a nivel nacional; Mitch Ackerman, Vice-Presidente Executivo SEIU; y (invitado) Richard Trumka, Presidente de AFL-CIO
For a map, please click on the IRN Events Calendar, or IRN Events Map.
WHAT: Community Forum on Immigration with Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL)
WHEN: Sunday, November 20, 2011
Doors Open 2:00 p.m. (ET) | Event Starts 3:00 p.m. (ET)
WHERE: Longshoreman’s Union Hall Building, 1142 Morris Drive, Downtown, Charleston, SC
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez of Chicago will hold a public meeting with immigrants, allies, and leaders in Charleston to discuss state immigration matters in South Carolina and the national picture for immigrants and immigration reform. The Congressman, who is Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Immigration, is a leading advocate for immigrants and immigration reform in the U.S. Congress. He has traveled to more than 20 cities this year urging the Obama Administration to adjust deportation policies that have seen a record number of immigrants deported and announcements from the Department of Homeland Security over the summer indicate that changes are being made. However, ramped up federal enforcement and state level measures in South Carolina and elsewhere have left immigrant communities feeling under siege.
To read more, on this event, click here for the press release.
For a summary or link to map, please see our IRN Events Calendar and our IRN Events Map page. (Hover your mouse over the Events Tab above.)
For more information about the Stewart Detention Center and other similar detention centers, see our recent article summary: http://immigrationreformnow.org/2011/11/the-stewart-detention-center-reaping-billions-in-benefits-of-anti-immigrant-laws/
Scroll to the bottom of this entry, to see a video on this issue, by Cuentame.org. If you are unable to attend the Vigil, you can virtually attend! Simply go to this link: http://immigrantsforsale.org/, write a message (no matter how brief) and sign your name. They will be printed out and read or written on a wall at the vigil tomorrow!
Georgia Detention Watch and human rights groups hold
Stewart Detention Center Vigil V: “No More Profits Off Our Pain”
November 18 at 10 am in Lumpkin, GeorgiaAdvocates call for the for-profit detention center to be shut downAtlanta, GA – On Friday, November 18 at 10 am, Georgia Detention Watch will hold its fifth annual vigil at Corrections Corporation of America’s Stewart Detention Center. “This year’s vigil will highlight the traumatic impact of detention on the families, especially children of those detained, while CCA continues to secure record-breaking profits off of human misery,” said Georgia Detention Watch Steering Committee member, Priscilla Padrón of Atlanta.
Families that have been directly impacted by detention at Stewart will play a major role in this year’s vigil. In 2010, Emily Guzman spoke on behalf of her husband, Pedro, who was detained inside Stewart for 19 months. Emily’s mother, Pamela Alberda and seven others were also arrested for a nonviolent act of civil disobedience at last year’s vigil as they demanded the release of her son-in-law. Earlier this year, victory was declared by advocates as Pedro was granted relief and reunited with his family. He will now address those in attendance at the vigil himself as a legal permanent resident of the United States.
“There’s so much money they make from us, but they’re not investing any money in detainees,” Pedro Guzman said in an interview upon his release from the for-profit detention center in the remote town of Lumpkin, population 1300. “The treatment you get is like you’re an animal. I have two dogs, and I treat my dogs much better than the detainees are treated in there.”
Others directly affected by the for-profit detention of immigrants at Stewart will also attend this year’s vigil, including Lilian Quiroz
Quiroz’s husband, Paul, entered the United States in 1984 when he was only 11 years old and now has two children and a wife in a familial crisis as his detention at Stewart goes on for five months with no end in sight.
“It is time to close this for-profit detention center and end the mandatory detention of immigrants,” said Anton Flores-Maisonet of Georgia Detention Watch.
Additional individuals slated to speak at the vigil include Theresa El-Amin, a veteran of the civil rights movement and representative of the Southern Anti-Racist Network; Flores-Maisonet; Bryan Holcomb, a former employee-turned-whistleblo
wer of Corrections Corporation of America’s Stewart Detention Center; and Azadeh Shahshahani of the ACLU of Georgia.
§ About the Stewart Detention Center
Located in rural Southwest Georgia, the Stewart Detention Center detains approximately 2,000 immigrant men for deportation proceedings. Stewart, the largest immigrant detention center in the U.S., is operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a Nashville-based corporation with revenue of $1.7 billion in 2010; CEO Damon Hinninger received a compensation package of $3,266,387 the same year. The average cost to the tax payer to house each detainee is $122 per day per bed.
Case-by-case data also show that the highest proportion of deportation orders in the country (98.8 percent) were issued by the judges in the Lumpkin, Georgia Immigration Court.
§ Conditions at Stewart: Substandard and Inhumane
An April 2009 report by Georgia Detention Watch on conditions at Stewart documented violations of ICE’s own detention standards at the facility. The report charged that food and medicine are withheld as punishment and that solitary confinement is routinely imposed without a disciplinary hearing. In March 2008, Roberto Martinez Medina, a 39-year-old immigrant held at Stewart died of a treatable heart infection. To this day, many unanswered questions surround his death. Additionally, Mark Lyttle, a U.S. citizen formerly detained at Stewart , has a lawsuit pending against the U.S. government for his wrongful detention and deportation.
§ About Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)
2010 revenue: $1.7 billion
Prisoner capacity: 90,037
Year founded: 1983
Headquarters: Nashville, Tenn.
Head: Damon Hininger (president and CEO)
Executive compensation: $3,266,387 compensation package for Hininger in 2010 (according to Morningstar)
Sources: CCA: 2010 Annual Letter to Shareholders; A Quarter Century of Service to America; About CCA; Morningstar, Corrections Corporation of America, Key Executive Compensation.
Lead Sponsor: Georgia Detention Watch
Collaborators and Endorsers:
School of the Americas Watch
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia
Asian American Legal Advocacy Center
Atlanta Friends Meeting Social Concerns Committee
Coalicion de Lideres Latinos of Dalton
Cobb Immigrant Alliance
Detention Watch Network
Georgia Immigrants and Refugees Rights Coalition
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights
Georgia Peace and Just Coalition
Georgia Rural Urban Summit
International Action Center
International Center of Atlanta
Southern Anti-Racism Network
Southerners on New Ground
Georgia Detention Watch is a coalition of organizations and individuals that advocates alongside immigrants to end the inhumane and unjust detention and law enforcement policies and practices directed against immigrant communities in our state. Our coalition includes activists, community organizers, persons of faith, lawyers, and many more.
Member organizations of Georgia Detention Watch include: the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, American Immigration Lawyers Association Atlanta Chapter, Amnesty International-Southern Region, Amnesty International -Atlanta local group 75, Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment (ABLE), Coalición De Líderes Latinos (CLILA), Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, Immigrant Justice Project- Southern Poverty Law Center, International Action Center, Open Door Community, Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA), and others.
On November 21, 2011, 10 members of Congress will have a 2-hour long public hearing in Birmingham, Alabama, to hear about Alabama HB 56′s impact on the economy, community, etc.
The ten members, including U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, will then join a rally at the 16th Street Baptist Church, part of a campaign to have the law repealed.
The hearing will be held from 3-5p.m. and the rally will be at 7 pm. If you are in the Birmingham area, go and show your solidarity.
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The following is a re-post from the Georgia Students for Public Higher Education. Sign the petition below against unfair, anti-immigrant policies in our educational system. Spread the word.
According to a Birmingham News article:
“Leaders of the Alabama New South Coalition, Alabama Arise, Alabama AFL-CIO, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama and other groups plan to hold a ‘leadership summit’ here Nov. 19 to discuss joblessness, Alabama’s immigration law and other concerns, organizers said.”
Another summit organizer, state Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, said he is greatly concerned that Alabamians ”are going back to a past” in which blacks, Hispanics and poor people in general will have fewer rights.
”I don’t know the answer to all of this. I don’t know any one person who knows the answer, but I believe that when folks get together to talk they can find the answer,” said Sanders, a past president of the New South Coalition, a majority-black political lobby.
“The summit is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Abernathy Hall auditorium at Alabama State University, near the Acadome… People seeking more information may call Shelley Fearson, the New South Coalition’s state coordinator, at 334-262-0932.”
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