Category: LATISM

Congress must move quickly on immigration

Kica Matos

April 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

What does it take to get Congress to listen? On April 10, more than 100,000 people from 31 states descended on the nation’s Capitol to send a strong message that now is the time for immigration reform. Thousands of immigrant families knocked on Congress’ door and met with policymakers while in Washington, telling their stories […]

Is the RNC Ready for an Immigration Makeover?

Guest Blogger

March 19, 2013 at 12:00 am

By Alesia Lucas & Sarah English The Republican National Committee (RNC) has wrapped up their meeting and may be ready for a party makeover. Instead of playing the blame game, like they did after losing last November, Republicans took an introspective look and identified key flaws in their platform and campaign. This resulted in a […]

Tell your Representatives that you want immigration reform, now!

Alesia Lucas

March 18, 2013 at 12:00 am

Tomorrow is the final day of National Call-in week for immigration reform.  We need everyone to call their representatives and urge them to support immigration reform that keeps families together and creates a reasonable pathway to citizenship. We have the chance to fix our country’s broken immigration system which has torn apart so many people […]

A Great Day as VAWA is Reauthorized

Community Change

March 7, 2013 at 12:00 am

Today, President Obama reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), expanding protection to immigrants, LGBT individuals and Native Americans.  At the bill signing, President Obama spoke of when the bill was first passed in 1994, saying, “It didn’t just change the rules—it changed our culture.”  He described how VAWA started a conversation about domestic abuse […]

A Bus Tour, Full of Stories and Strength

Emily Gelbaum

March 5, 2013 at 12:00 am

Last week, the National Keeping Families Together Bus Tour launched from Chicago, IL carrying families and individuals directly impacted by the current immigration system. The bus riders are calling on legislators and the American public to support just and humane immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship and keeps families together. These incredible events […]

Immigrants to Yale, “We aren’t Guinea pigs!”

Alesia Lucas

February 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

Yale recently suspended plans to create a center in conjunction with the Department of Defense that would train U.S. soldiers in the art of interrogation by using immigrants as their guinea pigs. The basis of this center raises serious ethical and moral questions. Although Yale has suspended their plans, a program like this shouldn’t get […]

Alone on Valentine’s Day Because Of Deportation

Alesia Lucas

February 15, 2013 at 12:00 am

In December the Fair Immigration Reform Movement launched the Keeping Families Together campaign, the campaign collects the countless stories of families split because of our broken immigration system. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, a day where people spend time with their loved ones.  Imagine having to spend a holiday all about love without your sweetheart. Since […]

Immigration and LGBT Advocates

Alesia Lucas

February 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

When two Portland women renewed their vows in Oregon, living as a mixed-status couple, the moment was impactful for more than one reason.  The couple renewed their vows to illustrate interconnectivity of the immigrant and LGBT rights movement. Deepak Bhargava, Executive director of the Center for Community Change, has been speaking about the similarities between […]

The OFA Takes a Page from Keeping Families Together

Alesia Lucas

February 7, 2013 at 12:00 am

With President Obama’s second term in full swing his former campaign organization has decided to take on immigration reform.  Taking a page from the Keeping Families Together Campaign, The Obama For America organization has sent out a heartfelt plea to the immigrant community. Through the words of Jose Magana, a DREAMer, the OFA is looking […]

An Eye-Opener of a Week for Me

Community Change

February 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

I’ve been volunteering at the Latino Student Fund (LSF), a local nonprofit in Washington, DC, that provides “academic support to at-risk and underprivileged Latino youth,” for nearly two years. And it never dawned on me until this week that some of my students and their families may be suffering under our current broken immigration system. […]

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