Jodie Geddes and Alex Garrison, both Guilford College students in Greensboro, NC, joined 15 other young people in Washington DC to attend AFSC’s first Human Rights Summit June 24-28, 2013. The youth each picked topics to focus on, and each day participated in workshops giving them background on Human Rights and preparing them for speaking with US Senators and Representatives on their topics of choice. Alex and Jodie chose to focus on immigration reform, which was a hot topic; the immigration reform bill S744 passed the Senate while they were in DC.
"As a documentary photographer and journalist, I don't claim to be an unbiased observer. I'm on the side of immigrant workers and unions in the United States and share their struggle for rights and a decent life. I take the side of people in Mexico trying to find alternatives for democratic political change. If the work I do helps to strengthen these movements, it will have served a good purpose."
Annual Fundraising Dinner to Benefit the New Hampshire Program
David Bacon, author of the new book, The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration, will be the guest speaker at the NH Program's annual fundraising event. As usual, the event will feature a dinner prepared by AFSC volunteers or donated by local restaurants. The event will kick off David's East Coast tour launching his new book, published by Beacon Press.
Philadelphia (June 27, 2013) - The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization with nearly 100 years of experience working to support the needs and aspirations of communities across the globe, including immigrant communities in the U.S. We are deeply concerned that the Legal Workforce Act (HR 1772) and the SKILLS Visa Act (HR 2131) will only continue to perpetuate the heartbreaking impacts of the broken, punitive, and unjust U.S. immigration system we see daily in our work.
At the writing of this commentary, the Senate is on the verge of approving a final “deal.” AFSC staff have been attentive to news reports and chatter from inside the DC Beltway. What is clear is that the final Senate product will be much worse than anticipated, especially for southern border communities, and immigrant workers. No amount of positive amendments can improve the bill at this point. However the bill’s provisions are not the focus of this week’s commentary.
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