The National Education Association is sponsoring National Call In Days for Dreamers. The Senate is preparing to debate the most important immigration bill our country has seen in decades. Included in this monumental step towards compassionate, comprehensive reform of a broken system are protections for families to stay together; a path to citizenship for hardworking immigrants; and, for Dreamers –students who were brought here as children and who dream of belonging to a country they call home, a chance to finally become a citizen.
Call your Senator by dialing 1-866-632-6057
The time is now for the Senate to take a bold step forward on behalf of millions of aspiring new Americans and help them reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
Read more here: http://www.nea.org/home/55700.htm
via @VoxxiNews: Dr. Russell Moore, president-elect of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, quoted in Evangelicals doing more than just praying for immigration reform
#Fairdora for Fairness: Women wear many hats - as community leaders, mothers, workers, volunteers, and much more. To celebrate this, the We Belong Together campaign is using the fedora as a metaphor for the many hats that women wear to create a brighter future for all. It is also a symbol of the need for immigration reform that treats women fairly, and a declaration that though women wear many hats, on this issue we speak with one voice.
#Fairdoras for Fairness: Women wear many hats - as community leaders, mothers, workers, volunteers, and much more. To celebrate this, the We Belong Together campaign is using the fedora as a metaphor for the many hats that women wear to create a brighter future for all. It is also a symbol of the need for immigration reform that treats women fairly, and a declaration that though women wear many hats, on this issue we speak with one voice.
The Center for American Progress (CAP) study begins by quantifying the immense economic gains to the nation as a whole that would flow from a new legalization program:
via @WRCommission: Diverse Group of Faith Leaders Urge Senators to Protect Refugee and Asylum Provisions in Immigration Bill
Washington, DC – On the eve of the Senate’s first markup of the bipartisan immigration reform bill, a wide array of faith leaders are urging legislators to ensure that comprehensive immigration reform upholds the United States’ proud history and tradition of protecting and welcoming refugees, asylum-seekers, and those fleeing persecution.
The Senate’s immigration bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, S.744, includes several provisions that would protect refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless people, while also increasing efficiency and supporting integration. The provisions would not reduce or circumvent the current numerous background checks for refugees and asylum seekers, or reduce the rigorous fraud detection mechanisms currently in place.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin considering amendments to S.744 on Thursday, May 9th, with additional considerations on May 14th, 16th, and 20th-24th. The committee will then send its version of the bill to the full Senate for debate and consideration.
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Over 100 members of the creative community have called on President Obama and Congress to pass just and humane immigration reform. Help spread the Migration is Beautiful butterflies! See migrationisbeautiful.com.
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via @ImmCouncil: A Plea from America’s Scholars. Over 600 American scholars have signed on to a letter of support for immigration reform. You can find the full letter here
Currently at least 11 million people live in in the U.S. in the shadows of our society. Many of them work in jobs that expose them to dangerous conditions, chemicals and pesticides, and many more of them live in areas with disproportionate levels of toxic air, water, and soil pollution. To protect clean air and water and prevent the disruption of our climate, we must ensure that those who are most disenfranchised and most threatened by pollution within our borders have the voice to fight polluters and advocate for climate solutions without fear.
The Sierra Club takes a position to support an equitable path to citizenship for residents of the United States who lack official documentation. America’s undocumented population should be able to earn legalization and a timely pathway to citizenship, with all the rights to fully participate in our democracy, including influencing environmental and climate policies. The pathway to citizenship should be free of unreasonable barriers, and should facilitate keeping families together and reuniting those that are split whenever possible.
The Sierra Club announced its support for an equitable path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
The Sierra Club Board of Directors, made up of elected volunteer leaders, has unanimously adopted the position
via @culturestrike: Are you marching on May Day for migrant rights?
4/30: Art Party for #MayDay LA! Calling Los Angeles Artists & Art Fans: Come helps us make signs, costumes and art for the the May Day LA March!
Tuesday April 30 from 5:30 - 10:00pm
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org