From Mobilize the Immigrant Vote!
California Immigrant Rights Organizations Call for Common Sense Immigration Process that Ensures Opportunity for All
– (CA) Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV) and its partners, call for a common sense immigration process that will unite families here in America, and ensure opportunities for all Americans, including the 11 million aspiring citizens who’ve moved to this country to pursue the American Dream.
“This bill is historic step forward and a strong start toward a modern and just immigration system in this country, but there is still a lot of work to be done. We appreciate and applaud the Senate’s work on this initial proposal and we look forward to changes that reflect a common sense immigration process that will keep our families together,” said Aparna Shah, Executive Director of Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV).
“We will continue to advocate that the final piece of legislation to include family reunification, protection of worker’s rights and a roadmap to citizenship for aspiring citizens,” said Patricia Diaz, Executive Director of Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN). Diaz also contributed, “While this legislation is a step in the right direction we are disappointed to see enforcement measures that have been leveraged to gain agreement on the bill. The time is now for a common sense immigration reform that upholds our nations values of equality and justice and strengthens the foundation that America was built on.”
Today, immigrant organizations across California including Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN); Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA); Chinese Progressive Association (CPA); California Partnership (CAP); Korean Resource Center (KRC); Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ); and Mobilize the Immigrant Vote Action Fund stand together with community, faith, labor and education allies [...]
MIV is seeking a campaign consultant from June 4-September 3, 2012. Specific responsibilities include:
• Coordinate Campaign Logistics with partner organizations that includes helping them plan, and coordinate campaign leading to “Ramp up Week” of August 27.
• Consultant will hold nightly and Thursday calls with partners once campaign starts.
• Consultant will work with Ethnic Media consultant to implement earned media program.
• Implementn other projects as determined in the course of the contract.
San Francisco – Today a coalition of immigrant rights organizations released findings of its statewide survey of Asian immigrants, 85% who overwhelming support taxing the top 1%. The survey “Take Back the American Dream” was conducted through coalition partners Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Korean Resource Center (KRC), Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) and the Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) as part of the Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV) coalition.
In conjunction with these findings, MIV reaffirmed its support of Governor Brown’s November ballot measure that would raise taxes to help balance the budget.
“On the eve of tax day, we want to remind voters that tax revenue pays for vital services that benefit all our communities including schools, hospitals and libraries. Vietnamese voters overwhelmingly supported taxing the top 1% wealthy and corporations to help restore vital services.” said Patricia Diaz, Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN)
In recent weeks, Americans have witnessed the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, the occupation of Wall Street and cities across the country, some of the most anti-immigrant legislation to date in Alabama, and hopeful immigrant rights legislation in California for education access, changes to car impound policies, and recognition of the diversity of the Asian Pacific Islander community. At home in California, grassroots leaders across the state in multiple coalitions are engaging voters in critical policy campaigns and building momentum towards 2012, with some high profile local races including this November’s election to decide the next Mayor of San Francisco. At MIV, we launched our Take Back the American Dream Campaign with a six-region campaign to engage voters around a values message of reclaiming the promise of this country and uniting around tax and fiscal reform solutions. The preliminary results of our 2010 Treatment and Control Study are now available. We hope the following updates are useful to your work and look forward to future opportunities for collaboration.