Economic Boycott/Lenten Week of Solidarity for Humane Immigration Reform Begins! You can HELP!
Starting on Sunday, March 25th through April 1, immigrants and their supporters in Denver, Boulder, Longmont, Ft. Collins, Greeley, Grand Junction, Montrose, Yuma, Alamosa, Dillon, El Jebel, Colorado Springs and Durango are :
- Not spend money or make any purchases during the week.
- Withdraw money from the bank, leaving only the minimum.
- Not send money to countries of origin.
- Not make any consular transactions.
- Turn off the television and use minimal electric energy.
Press coverage of boycott and CIRC campaign for fair reform has included: Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Univision, News Channel 7 and 9, Greeley Tribune, Longmont Times-Call, KOA Radio, Fox Cable News (reached 80 million homes), Grand Junction Free Press, Washington Times, Infoshop News, United Press International, Post Chronicle.
From The Illinois Coaltion for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
(check out their website, www.icirr.org – for more info)
“After so much hard work, HB 1100,The Roadway Safety and Mandatory Auto Insurance Act, passed out of the State House today with 60 representatives voting in favor and 56 voting no. This legislation would give immigrants without Social Security numbers the chance to acquire driver’s certificates and drive safely, legally, and with insurance. Supporters of HB 1100 include State Rep. Edward Acevedo (D-2), former Governor Jim Edgar, Mayor Richard Daley, dozens of law enforcement associations, police chiefs, judges, bar associations, businesses and many other organizations.
“This is a big step forward for roadway safety in Illinois. I thank my colleagues and the many organizations who have worked on this bill for the last 12 years,” said State Rep. Edward Acevedo, lead sponsor of the bill. “This bill will benefit all people in Illinois, making safer roads all across the state.”
We should celebrate this first victory and thank all of those who made it happen, but we must also work harder than ever to ensure that this important bill passes the Senate and becomes law. To read our press release, click here.”
There was certainly an exciting week of organizing in Michigan from the Michigan Organizing Project (MOP): from an in-person meeting with Senator Stabenow (after 5 years of waiting), to a rally of over 100 people calling for an end to the raids, to a start of another Democracy School.
MOP is just one of hundreds of groups working for immigrants’ rights across the country. We are proud to be a part of this kind of movement. Read their story HERE. Send your organizing updates and photos to Nicola firstname.lastname@example.org