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Community Organizing in Texas, Community Organizing in Dallas, CIR, construction workers, Water Breaks, worker safety

DAI Leads Charge on Water Breaks for Construction Workers

Friday, July 25, 2014
FOX 7 News

DAI leaders are supporting the rights of immigrants already in Dallas through a proposed City ordinance that would mandate water breaks for workers every four hours, bilingual signs explaining the ordinance posted at work and a fine levied on employers for every day there is a violation.  Said Fr. Joshua Whitfield with Sta. Rita Catholic, “a city ordinance would be creating a culture of safety and health in the Texas heat.”


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Austin Interfaith Calls on County to Bring Migrant Children to Central Texas

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Austin American Statesman & More

Austin Interfaith is calling for an organized, coordinated effort to receive a large number of unaccompanied minors.  This, they say, shouldn’t be political.  For Ofelia Zapata, a strategy team member of the organization, the future of migrant children hits close to home.  She sees the face of her own grandchild when she looks at the children.


Austin Interfaith, Secure Communities, Sheriff Hamilton, Resolution 99, Immigration, CIR

Austin Interfaith & Allies Win Vote Against 'Secure Communities'

Friday, June 27, 2014
The Horn & Telemundo

Austin Interfaith and immigration rights allies celebrated a unanimous vote by Austin City Council condemning Travis County's cooperation with Secure Communities and ordering the City Manager to explore alternatives to booking with the County jail.


Community Organizing in Dallas, Community Organizing in Texas, Immigration, Wage Theft, Welcoming the Stranger

500 Dallas Area Interfaith Leaders Launch Immigration Campaign

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Dallas Morning News & FOX News

Pouring into Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, DAI leaders gathered to hear stories of family separation, wage theft, lack of water breaks and undignified apartment conditions.


Community Organizing in Nevada, Nevada IAF, Immigration, ICE detentions, Congressional Hearing, Robert Hoo

Nevada Leaders Big Players in Immigration Congressional Hearing

Monday, March 24, 2014
Las Vegas Review Journal &Las Vegas Sun

Representing Nevadans for the Common Good, a coalition of local faith-based groups, [Bishop Joseph] Pepe questioned whether some people are being detained simply to meet the daily bed quota for immigrants in detention.  “Immigration procedures and laws are applied unevenly and often are not filling prosecutorial priorities,” he said.


Immigration, county resolution, PCIC, Pima County Board of Supervisors, Kevin Courtney

PCIC Gets 5-0 Vote Making Pima County "Immigrant Welcoming"

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Arizona Daily Star & Tucson News Now

After winning a similar resolution in Tucson last year, leaders of the Pima County Interfaith Council leveraged a unanimous vote to make the county in Arizona "immigrant welcoming."  


CIR, DACA, SAFE Act, immigration organizing, TMO, Texas IAF, Elizabeth Valdez

TMO Religious Leadership Stands with Young Immigrants

Monday, November 4, 2013
Houston Chronicle

Diana stood before the cameras and the microphones and in a quiet, nervous voice began to tell her story about coming to America. The 18-year-old, who will be graduating from high school this year as a member of the National Honor Society, spoke in perfect English. She spoke effusively about her love of Houston and Texas and America.


Immigration Reform, CIR, SAFE Act, Bishop Riggle-Huie, Cardinal DiNardo, Elizabeth Valdez, Houston

Houston Clergy Urges Lawmakers to Defeat Immigration Enforcement Plan

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Houston Chronicle

Houston clergy joined dozens of immigration reform supporters Wednesday to call for members of Congress to reject a bill that would permit tougher penalties and enforcement for an illegal presence in the United States.  At a news conference organized by The Metropolitan Organization... 


Immigration Organizing in Arizona, Social Justice, Interfaith, Arizona IAF, Joe Rubio

Flagstaff City Council Passes Resolution for Immigration Reform

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Northern Arizona Amigos

The Flagstaff City Council, by a vote of 6-1, approved a resolution supporting comprehensive immigration reform during a meeting held on Oct. 1 at City Hall. Supporters of the measure spoke before the council prior to the vote, voicing their support. Following the vote, the supporters gathered in the lobby for a celebration, along with an impromptu planning session to map out future action.

The effort was led by the Northern Arizona Interfaith Council,


Community Organizing in California, Immigration, Public Safety, Interfaith, Social Justice

Straight Talk from Immigrants at COPA Meeting with Sheriff

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak took steps toward building trust with the local immigrant community by hosting a town hall meeting Monday to discuss fears around deportation.  Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action, a Watsonville-based community advocacy group, organized the event to address unreported crime in immigrant communities.


Social Justice, Justice for Immigrants, Organizing in Arizona, CIR, Senator McCain, Rep. Grijalva

150 Arizona Leaders Meet with McCain & Grijalva Re: Immigration

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Arizona Interfaith

Clergy and laity (including Catholic Bishop Gerald Kikanes and other denominational bishops) assembled for lengthy, frank and bipartisan conversation with Senator John McCain and US Representative Raul Grijalva about the strategy needed to pass immigration reform this fall. Both concluded...

[Photo Credit: Glenn Jenks]


Justice for Immigrants, Welcoming the Stranger, Joe Rubio, Arizona Interfaith, Organizing in Arizona

AZ Interfaith Meets with Sen. McCain, In Support of Immigration Reform

Monday, August 12, 2013
Arizona Republic

Taking full advantage of the August recess, Arizona Interfaith leaders met with Senator John McCain for frank conversation about the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform.  Judicatory leaders and key Arizona clergy discussed with the Senator how to broaden Congressional support for reform that includes a path to citizenship.


community organizing in Arizona, Social Justice, Interfaith, CIR, Welcoming the Stranger, Justice for Immigrants

Migrant Reform Protests Urged

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Arizona Daily Sun

Roberto isn’t a legal Arizona resident, but he has a dream of becoming one.

He also has a 2-year-old daughter with a serious illness who needs his care.

Now, thanks to a traffic stop, an arrest and the start of deportation proceedings, he is on the verge of losing both....


Community Organizing in Texas, Texas IAF, Justice for Immigrants, Interfaith Ministries

COPS / Metro Challenges Rep. Lamar Smith, Stance Shifts on DREAMers

Monday, July 8, 2013
San Antonio Express-News

At a meeting at his district office last week, Rep. Lamar Smith said something that surprised members of Communities Organized for Public Service/Metro Alliance, a church-based advocacy group that supports comprehensive immigration reform.

According to a COPS/Metro member present at the June 24 meeting, the Republican congressman listed reform measures that he could support, including tightened border security, a guest worker program and the DREAM Act....


Community Organizing in Texas, Social Justice, justice for the immigrant

Central Texas Bishops Call for Immigration Reform

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Austin American Statesman & Univision

In a prayer service and press conference organized by Austin Interfaith, Central Texas Bishops and clergy from six religious denominations “pressed Tuesday for reforms centered on keeping families together and allowing unauthorized immigrants to earn legal residency with a path to citizenship….


Immigration, Public Safety

Senate Sends Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill to Gov’s Desk

Thursday, May 30, 2013
CT News Junkie

bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license received final passage Wednesday night as a group of advocates watched from the Senate balcony. Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, a nonpartisan interfaith group, pushed for the legislation in meetings with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and encouraged them to move forward with it. The organization of about a 15,000 people was founded in 2011, but this was their first full-court press for legislation. It was an uphill battle. All four bills that would have permitted these drivers’ licenses died in the Transportation Committee, but the organization with the support of Rep. Juan Candelaria of New Haven was determined to find a vehicle for passage.


Immigration

Interfaith Group Takes Leading Role In Political, Civic Issues

Monday, May 27, 2013
Hartford Courant

Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut has played advocate for social and economic justice since the nonpartisan interfaith group's founding in November 2011.

Most recently, CONECT successfully pushed for legislation to enable undocumented immigrants to acquire driver's licenses. The group argued the move would not only allow undocumented immigrants to feel secure driving their kids to and from school and themselves to and from work, but would benefit all motorists because immigrants would have to be tested on their driving skills and would be able to register their cars and buy insurance.


Social Justice, Immigration Reform, Medicaid Expansion, community organizing in Arizona

Yuma County Clergy Fight for Immigration Reform & Medicaid

Sunday, May 26, 2013
Yuma Sun

Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas joined nearly 100 members of churches of different denominations from the area who gathered … to organize a campaign in favor of not only a new immigration law but also efforts of Gov. Jan Brewer to expand the state’s health program for the poor: the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).


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Weighing IDs For Illegal Immigrants

Monday, May 6, 2013
Wall Street Journal

Connecticut Democrats are rallying around a plan that would allow people who are in the U.S. illegally to get driver's licenses, making the state one of several to consider the idea this year.... The plan's advocates say it would ensure these immigrants are given proper driving tests and allow them to get car insurance. The proposal could also provide additional state revenue from registration fees and car taxes. "This is a population that has been here for many years and must drive to conduct their lives, and bringing them into the system will benefit the general public," said the Rev. James Manship, co-chairman of Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, a coalition of religious groups.


Immigration

Connecticut General Assembly expected to let undocumented immigrants drive legally

Monday, April 29, 2013
New Haven Register

HARTFORD — The leadership of the General Assembly says the votes are there and they expect to pass a bill this session that would offer driver’s licenses to undocumented residents, citing reasons including training, insurance, revenue and safety.... CONECT, or Congregations for a New Connecticut, which represents some 28 different faith communities in the state, has lobbied hard for the changes since January, making arguments on the economic benefits of insuring all drivers and bringing new revenues to the state, but mainly on the safety aspect.


Community Organizing in Texas, Immigration, Social Justice

Houston Clergy Fight for Immigration Reform

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Jewish Herald Voice

Calling for humane immigration reform grounded in civil and human rights, some 40 Houston-area clergy came to the bimah at Congregation Beth Israel on April 23 to urge support for a bipartisan Senate immigration bill. In a press conference organized by The Metropolitan Organization, the religious leaders applauded the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744)...

West / Southwest IAF


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Arizona Bishops & Clergy Strategize for Immigration Reform

Friday, March 8, 2013
Episcopal Diocese of Arizona

75 bishops and clergy from Lutheran, Jewish, Presbyterian, Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist faiths strategized on the future of immigration reform at an ecumenical gathering organized by the Arizona Interfaith Network.

Bishop Gerald Kicanas, of the Catholic Diocese of Tucson told the group that “today is a day to develop…strategies” and challenged clergy, asking “what can we do to mobilize our congregations?”  Episcopal Bishop Kirk Smith asserted that “the current system is broken, cruel and an affront to God and man.”  West / Southwest IAF


Immigration

2,000 attend New Haven hearing on bill to give licenses to undocumented

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The New Haven Register

NEW HAVEN — Carolina Bortolleto, an undocumented student from Danbury, came forward Monday to testify, not for herself, but on behalf of her parents, explaining what drivers’ licenses would for mean for them. “Sitting in the back seat I can see my mom shaking and praying if she sees the police behind us. ... ‘Pull over anywhere. Pretend we are stopping for coffee. Pretend we are stopping at this restaurant, because if the police stop us, we are going to be deported,” Bortolleto said of the daily fear they experience just driving to work or to school or the grocery store. “All these basic tasks that you take for granted, are filled with anxiety for me and my family,” said Bortolleto, who is a leader in CT Students for a DREAM. She was one of 2,000 people from around the state who came to Wilbur Cross High School where they filled the auditorium and spilled into the gymnasium and the cafeteria to testify on behalf of proposed legislation that would provide licenses to the undocumented


Immigration

Let Immigrants Get Driver's Licenses

Monday, February 18, 2013
Hartford Courant

In a perfect world, everyone in this country would be here legally and be eligible for all of the privileges of citizenship. In the world we've got, however, there are some 12 million undocumented immigrants in the country, tens of thousands in Connecticut. The vast majority came here to work and gain a better life — the same reason people have been coming to these shores for nearly four centuries. As New York Times writer Adam Davidson recently observed, the immigrants mostly help the economy. But to do so, many need to drive.... Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, a group of more than two dozen religious congregations from the southwestern part of the state, has researched the issue and believes that allowing an estimated 54,000 undocumented immigrants to get licenses would make driving safer and less expensive for everyone.


Immigration

Working on behalf of the powerless

Monday, February 4, 2013
Connecticut Post

The angry letters practically write themselves. Illegal means illegal. Stop rewarding law-breakers. And on and on. Few issues lend themselves to demagoguery as easily as immigration. So the idea of allowing people referred to as illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses from the state of Connecticut will be a nonstarter to many people.


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