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Immigrant Rights Program, Newark NJ

Jocelyn family

Joceyln and her family

Joceyln (bottom row, middle), her father, and five siblings in front of their home in New Jersey.

At the Immigrant Rights Program (IRP) in Newark, N.J., our goal is to achieve policies that respect the rights and dignity of all immigrants, including a fair and humane national immigration policy.

The Immigrant Rights Program’s successful integration of legal services, advocacy and organizing has made a dramatic difference in the lives of immigrants in New Jersey and beyond by ensuring that immigrant voices are heard in policy debates, by assisting immigrants with challenging immigration cases, and by changing the narrative about immigration issues to influence policy.

The Fast Way to Solidarity

By Jennifer Piper, AFSC Colorado Interfaith Organizing Director

Immigrant Rights Organizing Conference in Newark, NJ

Saturday, December 18, 2010 - 9:00am - 4:30pm

A day-long  conference on International Migrants Day for immigrant rights organizers to share and learn...

-Tools and resources such as popular education for community organizing;

-Immigration and police collaborations and how to challenge them;

-Detention and deportation;

-Effective messaging and speaking;

-Youth organizing;

-Who is doing immigrant rights organizing work in New Jersey?

 And much more . . .

In the Shadow of the Raid

Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 4:00pm

This documentary explores the impact on Postville, Iowa and on the home villages of some of the workers arrested in the 2008 raid at a meatpacking plant. It is filmed partly in Postville and partly in Guatemala, interviewing the workers themselves and taking us to meet their families and to understand what drove them to the US for a better life. It also shows the impact on businesses and the community  in general in Postville.

Welcome to Shelbyville film screening

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 6:00pm

Welcoming Colorado Prompts Community Discussion through Preview of New Film

Aurora, Colorado – At a time when many U.S. communities are exploding with tension around immigration and religion, grassroots and faith leaders in a southeastern Tennessee community are about to tell a different story. Welcome to Shelbyville, a new documentary about how residents in their town have worked to understand, challenge, and accept new immigrants, will be the focus of a community screening and dialogue. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Free admission and refreshments.

Groups Call for Dignity, Not Detention

Coloradoans Mark First Anniversary of Obama Administration’s Detention Reform Announcement

By Jennifer Piper, Immigration Interfaith Organizing Director, AFSC Colorado

APP.com: Freehold vigil message: Dignity, not detention

Dignity, not detention, was the rallying cry Wednesday, when approximately 30 people gathered at the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office to protest conditions for immigrant detainees and the detentions themselves. 

 

 "Immigrants have equal rights. ... We don't believe detention is the solution to the current broken (immigration) law," said Chia Chia Wang of the American Friends Service Committee to the crowd.

News Source: 
app.com

Dignity Not Detention March, Freehold, NJ

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

March from the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office to the Hall of Records.

On October 6th, please join us in New Jersey in calling for Dignity, Not Detention!

October 6th marks the anniversary of a report that recognized the need for serious reform of the immigration detention system.

Join us as we come together on the anniversary of the ICE reform announcement to raise public awareness about deportations and detentions in record numbers through actions and press events across the country.

SignonSanDiego.com: Immigrant guide on raids, deportation stirs debate

A countywide public school network for at-risk children is encouraging teachers to address students’ concerns about immigration raids and deportations — an effort that’s receiving mixed reviews from law enforcement agencies. Benjamin Prado of the AFSC's San Diego office weighs in.

Bill Mefford to Keynote Fall MFSA Gathering

Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 10:00am

The Iowa Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) is delighted to welcome Bill Mefford, Director, Civil and Human Rights, General Board of Church and Society, to be the keynote speaker for our Fall Statewide Gathering. Mefford  will address the issue of immigration, and will emphasize the importance of our role as persons of faith in bringing about comprehensive immigration reform.  Lunch (free will offering) will be provided by Las Americas, and a short business meeting will follow.     

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