Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ends: Bring 'em all in!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 1:14 PM

If you love getting politically involved, but think waving teabags seems a little impotent, here's a rally with an actual purpose (from the Farmworkers Association of Florida; emphasis added):

Rally and March at Lake Eola

Location: Lake Eola Park - northwest corner of the park (near Panera's)

Time: May 1 (tomorrow) 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Spokespersons: Tirso Moreno, FWAF: 407-886-5151

Ana Treviño, FWAF: 407-427-2090

Roberto Cancel, Democracia Ahora: 407-406-1672

Jose Luis Marantes, Florida Immigrant Coalition: 786-942-6332

Participating organizations include: Farmworker Association of Florida, Farmworker Self-Help, Hope CommUnity Center, Democracia Ahora, American Civil Liberties Union of Orlando, Florida Immigrant Coalition, National Farm Worker Ministry, Central Florida Jobs with Justice.

Bills, such as the Dream Act, AgJobs, TPS (Temporary Protective Status) for Haitians, and Comprehensive Immigration Reform, have been debated in Congress in the past, but failed to win passage due to the heated debate over immigration reform that began in late 2005. The debate has resulted in a stalemate that keeps many immigrant families' lives hanging in the balance, while they wait to see what direction our federal lawmakers will go on issues that affect their families at a very basic and personal level. Local activists are calling on the Obama Administration to put a halt to raids, detentions and deportations that have separated and caused heartache for hundreds, if not thousands, of immigrant families in Central Florida and around the country. They denounce the harmful discrimination and criminalization of immigrants that has caused trauma for many immigrant children and their families, and the abusive treatment by some law enforcement agencies that keeps families living in fear. There is no more time to wait. The time for a fair and just immigration reform is now.


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