PRESS RELEASE: Immigrants Rights Activists will hold a Rally on Labor Day

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 23, 2013

Contact: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, ph: 425.344.8641 and 253.347.4229, em:  info@elcomitewa.org.

Immigrant Rights Activists Will Hold A Rally for a Just Immigration Reform at Westlake Park on Monday September 2nd, 2013.

SEATTLE – El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social will hold a rally at Westlake Park, on Monday September 2nd, 2013. The purpose of the rally is to draw attention to the plight of the immigrant community in wake of the passage of Senate Bill 744 in the U.S. Senate. Details for the event are below:

WHO: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social.

WHAT: Labor Day Rally for a Humane and Just Immigration Reform.

WHERE: Westlake Park (400 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101)

WHEN: Monday September 2nd, 2013, 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Background

SB 744, which is currently stalling in the U.S. House of Representatives, is legislation that will benefit only a select portion of the estimated 11 Million undocumented residents in the United States, while simultaneously pumping more capital into an already bloated Border Enforcement Mechanism. The 13 year process, which makes documentation hinge on the ability to maintain continuous employment, places many immigrants in a tenuous position where they are at their employer’s will, making for an atmosphere that can lead to workplace abuses. The clear winner in this proposal are the Arms and Private Detention Center Industries which benefits from unprecedented spending allocated toward policing the border and detaining undocumented immigrants. We join our peers in the southern borderlands in opposing this proposal. The bill is short-sighted, lacks protections for immigrant workers, and further works at corroding the fabric of our communities. As workers who are essential to the U.S. economy we deserve better! We will continue to voice our concerns and push for a just immigration reform that respects the human, civil and labor rights of all.

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité Pro Reforma Migratoria Y Justicia Social, ph: 425.344.8641 and 253.347.4229, em:  info@elcomitewa.org

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May Day Marches in Washington State

Some Information Courtesy of May Day United [http://maydayunited.org/actions/list-of-events/washington/]

If you know of other May Day Marches and you’d like them featured on this blog, please e-mail the information and image of the flyer to El Comite’s In-House Blog-ista at: oscarr@uw.edu

Mt. Vernon
Location: 2405 East College Way
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Description: 24th Annual Farm Worker Solidarity March – farm workers and their supporters will march for the right to organize.
10:30am- Rally in Maiben Park, Burlington, WA
March for approximately 7 miles to Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, WAThe Northwest’s longest running farm worker rights march; Community will march to strengthen the Farm Worker and Immigrant Rights Movement on May 1, 2011
Web Site:
More Info: Please call 360-941-1509

Seattle
Location: 611 20th Ave S
Time: 1:00 PM
Description: Starting point: Judkins Park (next to St. Mary’s Church)
611 20th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
Ending point: Memorial Stadium, 401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98109
Web Site: https://elcomitewa.wordpress.com/
More Info: 206-356-3500

Yakima
Location: Corner of North 3rd ST and East E ST
Time: 3:30 PM
Description: Starting point: Miller Park in Yakima
Web Site: N/A
More Info: Contact Rogelio Montes, 509-728-6679

May Day March Keynote Speaker Bio: Carlos Arango

Carlos Arango was a participant in the popular student movement in Mexico City in 1968. Soon after, he immigrated to Los Angeles, California where he served as Director of Political Education for the Center for Autonomous Social Action-General Brotherhood of Workers (CASA-HGT, by its Spanish acronym), and organization of Mexican immigrants founded by famed Labor Leader, Bert Corona.

[More on the History of CASA HGT can be found at this link:http://faculty.rcc.edu/gutierrez/docs/Chicano/Borders.pdf ]

Carlos went to Chicago, Illinois in 1975 to organize with the local chapter of CASA-HGT where he helped develop educational and organizational work in the region. He also helped co-found the Midwest Coalition in Defense of Immigrants. He also participated in the International Conference for the Rights of Undocumented Workers and their Families, hosted in Mexico City.

In 1985 he helped found the National Network for Immigrants and Refugee Rights (NNIRR), and as part of the network in 1986, participated in the campaign for unconditional amnesty for all undocumented people and reject the section of the law that would force employers to require immigration documentation for workers. In 1989, he also directed an educational program to help people attain their permanent resident status by studying English, History and the U.S. Constitution.

In 1994 he actively fought against Proposition 187 in California and in 1996 was part of the organizing committee of the Coordinadora 96 and organization of the Latino March on October 12th 2006.

In 1994 he was named Executive Director of the Casa Aztlán, a community center in Chicago, a position he still currently holds.

In 1983, Carlos also participated in the movement to elect the first African American Mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington and worked to help obtain Latino representation within city politics and within the popular electoral process.

Since the 1990s he’s been involved in the struggle for Mexican voting rights abroad during Mexican election cycles as well as the fight to obtain political representation for migrant Mexicans in the Mexican House of Representatives and Senate.

In addition, Carlos has also participated in coordinating the March 10th Movement in Chicago which drew a few hundred thousand demonstrators who took to the streets of Chicago on March 10 2006 to protest the proposed Sensenbrenner Bill (H.R. 4437) and to advocate the legalization of all immigrants. In recent year he has participated in the Movimiento Nacional por la Esperanza and the United Front for Immigrants, to defend the rights of the undocumented people.

[Link to May Day March Organizing Efforts in Chicago:http://www.facebook.com/pages/May-Day-Chicago-March-10th-Committe/109918525694254?sk=info ]

Carlos has received multiple awards for his activist work and writes and contributes to various newspapers in the city of Chicago.

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Carlos Arango fue participante del movimiento estudiantil  popular de 1968 en la ciudad de México. Inmigro a Los Ángeles California donde fue director de educación política de Centro de Acción Social Autónoma Hermandad General de Trabajadores (CASA-HGT) una organización de inmigrantes mexicanos fundada por el líder histórico Bert Corona.

Carlos  FUE A Chicago Illinois en 1975 para organizar con el Comité local de Casa Hermandad de Trabajadores,  le toca desarrollar trabajos organizativos y de educación en 1980 le toca  se co-fundador de la Coalición del Medioeste en defensa del Inmigrante, Participa en la Conferencia Internacional por los Derechos de los trabajadores indocumentados y sus familias en la Ciudad de México

En 1985 ayuda a fundar la Red Nacional Por los Derechos de los inmigrantes y Refugiados,  En 1986 participa en la campaña por la Amnistía Incondicional para  todos los indocumentados y para rechazar la sección de la ley migratoria que busca poner sanciones a las compañías que empleen trabajadores sin documentos. En 1989 dirige un programa de educación para que las personas  puedan lograr su residencia permanente estudiando Ingles y Historia  de Estados Unidos y la constitución.

En 1994 activamente lucha contra  la proposición 187 de California y en 1996 Es parte del comité organizador de La Coordinadora 96 y la organización de la Marcha Latina del  12 de Octubre del 2006.

En 1994 es nombrado director Ejecutivo de Casa Aztlán un centro comunitario en la comunidad de Chicago, actividad que desarrolla hasta la fecha.

En 1983 Carlos participa en el movimiento para elegir al primer alcalde afroamericano en Chicago Harold Washington y para  obtener representación Latina en los órganos de elección popular.

Desde los años noventa se incorpora en la lucha para obtener el voto de los mexicanos en el exterior para cargos de elección popular en México, así como la lucha para obtener representación política de los migrantes en la Cámara de Diputados y el Senado.

Carlos participa en la dirección del movimiento 10 de marzo en Chicago en  que marcharon ciento de miles de personas que se oponían a la  ley Sensenbrenner y por una legalización plena. Desde esta fecha ha participado en  el Movimiento Nacional por la Esperanza, El  Frente Unido de Inmigrantes   para defender la  causa de los indocumentados.

Carlos ha recibido múltiples reconocimientos y escribe y colabora para varios periódicos en esta ciudad de Chicago.

Obama to Send Up to 1,200 Troops to Mexico Border

May 25, 2010

By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD

LOS ANGELES — President Obama will send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border and increase spending on law enforcement, yielding to demands from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers there that border security be tightened, administration officials said.

Mr. Obama is expected to make the announcement Tuesday, the officials said, after a meeting with lawmakers.

Homeland Security officials said that the troops would provide support to law enforcement officers already working along the border by helping observe and monitor traffic between official crossing points, and would help analyze trafficking patterns in hopes of intercepting illegal drug shipments. They performed similar tasks in an earlier deployment along the border from 2006 to 2008, when they also assisted with road and fence construction. The troops have not been involved directly in intercepting border crossers.

Calls to send troops to the border mounted after the shooting death of a rancher in southern Arizona on March 27; the police suspect the rancher was killed by someone involved in smuggling. Advocates of a new state law in Arizona that gives the police a greater role inimmigration enforcement also emphasized what they considered a failure to secure the border as a reason to pass the law.

Representative Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat from southern Arizona, praised the decision. Ms. Giffords is expecting a strong challenge for reelection, and was an early proponent of sending troops to the border.

“The White House is doing the right thing,” she said in a statement announcing the move. “Arizonans know that more boots on the ground means a safer and more secure border. Washington heard our message.”

In addition to the soldiers, the White House said it would request $500 million in supplemental funds to pay for more federal agents, prosecutors, investigators and technology at the border.

Homeland Security officials have said that they have significantly increased border security efforts since Mr. Obama took office. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a former governor of Arizona, said last month that the border was “as secure now as it has ever been,” though she conceded there was room for improvement. Critics on the right derided her remarks as out of touch.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/us/26border.html?hp