From Fortune 500 companies to spelling bees and science fairs, immigrants and their children figure prominently as achievers, entrepreneurs and innovators across our country. They also make enormous contributions to the economy.
What does it mean to be an effective and activated ally for immigrants and their struggle for equal rights? Take some time to learn more and see how you can join with your immigrant neighbors in work towards justice.
Note: The below blog post was written by Lucy Duncan, but with contributions and editorial support by Gabriela Flora, Jenn Piper, and M'Annette Ruddell.
“That invisibility to which I refer occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact. A matter of the construction of their inner eyes, those eyes with which they look through their physical eyes upon reality.” – Ralph Ellison
The threatened deportation of 37 Indonesian immigrants brought a delegation of New Hampshire clergy and lay activists to the Manchester offices of Senator Jeanne Shaheen and the federal immigration enforcement agency January 24 to call for the deportations to be cancelled.
Join in a Mirgant Rights Vigil while community groups meet with Governor Chafee to discuss: denouncing the (in)Secure Communities Program, ending police submission to hold request from Immigration, and driver's licenses for all. We will tell our migration stories, enjoy music, and solidarity. Sponsored by the Todos Somos Arizona coalition (We are all Arizona).
After a multi-year campaign highlighting the positive contributions of immigrants and refugees to the Greater Dayton, Ohio community, the city made history recently by unanimously approving a comprehensive “Welcome Dayton” plan. Dayton officials say the plan focuses on making the community “one that treats all people kindly, fairly and humanely,” as Mayor Gary Leitzell put it.
During this holiday season, one little girl in New Jersey is getting a special present: a literal chance at life. Five-year-old Yarelis Bonilla has an acute form of leukemia and her best chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant. After her family was tested, she was lucky that her seven-year-old sister, Gisselle, is a perfect match. However, while Yarelis is an American citizen, her sister lives in El Salvador, and the United States denied two requests for a visa.
For decades, the American Friends Service Committee has worked with immigrants and prisoners in this nation, highlighting the often malicious treatment they face. In 2011, the private prison industry advocated for increasing detentions in many states. AFSC’s research has shown that private prisons have little accountability and poor safety conditions. We oppose profiting off human misery, and have worked to improve prison conditions and reduce the number of people detained.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.