Wednesday, June 27, 2007

At the US Social Forum, Immigrant Rights Groups Press Congress to Stop Repressive Senate Bill


At the US Social Forum, Immigrant Rights Groups Press Congress to Stop Repressive Senate Bill

Immigrant and Refugee Communities Advocate a New Start, Based on Human Rights, Dignity and Justice for All People and Communities

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 28, 2007

Immigrant Rights Groups Press Congress to Stop Repressive Senate Bill and to Restore Rights as Part of Deliberations at the U.S. Social Forum

Arnoldo García, (510) 928-0685, (English / Spanish)
Colin Rajah, (415) 203-8763, (English / Bahasa Melayu-Indonesia)
Catherine Tactaquin, (510) 459-4457, (English)
Diana Pei Wu, (510) 847-9339, (English / Spanish / Mandarin)

WHAT: A media conference to address the hotly debated immigration reform bill before the Senate and other concerns being expressed by immigrant and refugee communities during the U.S. Social Forum.

WHEN: 9:30-10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, Thursday, June 28, 2007

WHERE: At the Immigrant Rights Tent at the Atlanta Civic Center (in back corner, in front of the registration site entrance), site of the U.S. Social Forum proceedings.

WHO: Members and allies of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights with participants of the "Immigrant Rights Caucus" at the U.S. Social Forum. (See caucus list and national immigrant and refugee rights contact list for media below), representing African, African American, Latino, Asian & Asian American, Pacific Islander, South Asian and other communities.

WHY: Ignoring broad immigrant community opposition, the U.S. Senate continues pushing forward an immigration reform bill (S.1639) that offers little relief for immigrant communities seeking legalization and family reunification. S.1639 would continue criminalizing immigrants, eroding the civil rights and liberties of the foreign-born. Based on a new guest worker program, S.1639 would dismantle the family unity basis of current immigration policies and impose a "merit" point system that favors skilled, educated, and English speaking workers considered more beneficial to the U.S. economy. The bill will deepen the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border, expanding immigrant prison construction, interior immigration policing, detention and deportations.

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Immigrant Rights Caucus at the U.S. Social Forum (partial list)
June 26-July 1, 2007 - Atlanta, GA

Carol Barton
United Methodist Women's Division, New York, NY
Cell/Telephone numbers: (917) 584-9726 (cell); Atlanta Marriott
Language(s) spoken: English (Spanish)

Gabriel Camacho
American Friends Service Committee, Project Voice, Boston, MA
Cell (617) 947-7019
Languages Spoken English, Spanish

Viola Cásares and Alejandra Bergemann
Fuerza Unida, San Antonio, Texas
Cell (210) 273-5510
Email: and
Language(s) spoken: Español/Spanish, English

Trishala Deb
Audre Lorde Project, New York, NY
Cell (917) 488-6701
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Urdu, English

Lillian Galedo
Filipinos for Affirmative Action, Oakland, CA
Cell & Telephone numbers (510) 409-1679 cell; (510) 465-9876 (w)
Language spoken: English

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Arnoldo García, cell (510) 928-0685, (English, Spanish)
Colin Rajah, cell (415) 203-8763, (English, Bahasa Melayu / Bahasa Indonesia)
Catherine Tactaquin, cell (510) 459-4457 (English)
Diana Pei Wu, cell (510) 847-9339, (English, Spanish, Mandarin)

Isabel Garcia and Alexis Mazón
Coalición de Derechos Humanos, Tucson, AZ
Cell/Telephone (520) 891-6169 and (520) 390-1604)
Email: and
Language(s) spoken: English, Spanish

Adriana Jasso
American Friends Service Committee, San Diego, CA
Cell (619) 808-7277
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Hamid Khan
South Asian Network, Los Angeles, CA
Cell Voice 562-403-0488 x 105
Languages Spoken English; Urdu; Punjabi

Gerald Lenoir
Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Berkeley, California
Cell: (510) 435-0382 (510) 849-9940 (voice)
Languages spoken: English

B. Lowe and Francisco Pacheco
Latino Union of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Cell (773) 791-4668 (Loewe) and (240) 463-6410
Languages Soke Spanish/English

Monami Maulik
DRUM: Desis Rising Up & Moving and the Immigrant Community Action coalition, Queens, NY
Cell: (347) 385 9113
Languages spoken: Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, English

María Poblet
St. Peter's Housing Committee, San Francisco, CA
Cell (510) 725-9646
Languages Spoke: Spanish/English

Janis Rosheuvel and Prince Brown
Families for Freedom, Brooklyn, NY
Cell (917) 526-1136
Languages Spoken English (both); French (Ms. Rosheuvel)

Pedro Rios
American Friends Service Committee; US/Mexico Border Program, San Diego, CA
Cell 619/370-5908
Languages Spoke: Spanish/English

Rafael Samanez
(VAMOS) Vendedores Ambulantes Mobilizando y Organizando en Solidaridad; New York, NY
Cell: (646) 330-1951
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Lily Xiong
Hmong American Women Association,
Tel (414) 342-0858.
Languages Spoken: Hmong, English


For more information, the full schedule of events and links to the latest news & analysis:

NNIRR Network News & Analysis:
Immigrants Rights Caucus:
NNIRR Dispatches on the Road:
U.S. Social Forum homepage:
NNIRR Homepage:


About The Immigrants Rights Caucus at the US Social Forum (partial list)

The Immigrant Rights Caucus is convened by the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (

The Caucus includes members and advocates from over 25 organizations, including the following groups and partner organizations:

· American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
· Audre Lorde Project (ALP)
· Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition (BAIRC)
· Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
· CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities
· Center for Parrticipatory Change (CPC-NC)
· Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
· Coalicion de Derechos Humanos
· Coalicion de Organizaciones Latino Americanas (COLA)
· Colectivo Flatlander
· Colonias Development Council
· Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)
· Esperanza del Barrio
· Families for Freedom
· Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc.
· Fuerza Unida
· Grassroots Global Justice
· Highlander Research and Education Center
· Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA)
· Movement for Justice in el Barrio
· Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA)
· Multiethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network (MIWON)
· National Immigration Project (NLG)
· National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
· Priority African Network (PAN)
· Progressive Communicators Network (PCN)
· Queers for Economic Justice (Q4EJ)
· South Asian Network (SAN)
· Southeast Regional Economic Justice Network (REJN)
· Southwest Workers Union (SWU)
· St. Peter's Housing Committee
· Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research & Action (TIGRA)
· United Methodist Church - Women's Division
· Vendedores Ambulantes Mobilizando y Organizando en Solidaridad (VAMOS)



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