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      3/17: Civil Liberties Update and Immigrant Related News by ISN
      National Immigrant Soliadrity Network
      No Immigrant Bashing! Support Immigrant Rights!
      Webpage: http://www.actionla.org/ISN/
      March 17, 2004

      1) Civil Liberties Update by National Immigration Forum
      2) US COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS FORUM, MArch 19 at Washington DC
      3) Mexicali Opens Border Facility for Repatriated Minors (FNS)
      4) United Students Against Sweatshops is Hiring!

      1) Civil Liberties Update: Conference Call to Discuss Media Rollout for Civil
      Liberties Restoration Act
      Date: 3/17/2004 2:02:27 PM Pacific Standard Time
      From: ssivaprasad@...

      To: Colleagues interested in Post September 11th Civil Liberties Issues
      Fr: Shoba Sivaprasad

      Re: Civil Liberties Update: Conference Call to Discuss Media Rollout for CLRA
      and Other Updates

      I hope this message finds you well. This e-mail contains the following items:

      Conference Call to Discuss Media Rollout for Civil Liberties Restoration Act
      on March 25
      Important Happenings! US Commission on Civil Rights Forum

      If you are receiving this e-mail through a forward, please e-mail me
      (ssivaprasad@...) to join this working group.

      Shoba Sivaprasad, Esq.
      Senior Policy Associate
      National Immigration Forum
      50 F. Street, NW
      Suite 300
      Washington, D.C. 20001
      main phone: (202)-347-0047

      SAVE THE DATE! The National Immigration Forum's Keepers of the American Dream
      Awards Dinner will be May 19, 2004, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

      Conference Call to Discuss Media Rollout for Civil Liberties Restoration Act
      on March 25

      As you know, several groups have worked on a legislative proposal known as
      the Civil Liberties Restoration Act (CLRA) that would minimize the impact of
      some of the most egregious post-9/11 civil liberties violations in effect today.
      The CLRA is currently being finalized by our co-sponsors.

      In order to have a powerful response when the CLRA is introduced, the
      National Immigration Forum will convene a conference call on March 25, 2004 at 3:00pm
      EST for advocates who are interested in organizing local press conferences
      around the rollout of the bill. To join the call, please dial (801) 303-7410.
      Then, you will need to enter in your account number. The title for this
      conference call is "civil liberties." To activate an account with our conference call
      company please visit: https://neo.callcntr.net/newsubs/newaccts and complete
      the sign-up form. If you have any questions, please contact our Account
      Manager, Tiffany Jensen, at (800) 945-7730 x517.

      Proposed Agenda for March 25 Planning Call:
      1. Goal and Purpose of local press conferences

      2. Framework for local press conferences

      3. Logistics: During this call, we will discuss the date, cities, and
      locations for local press conferences.

      4. Message and Messengers: Identify Messengers and Message- Ideally, each
      local press conference would have three to four speakers. For example, two of the
      speakers could be personal stories by individuals who would benefit from the
      CLRA. Up to two speakers could be policy experts or advocates who can provide
      an overview of the CLRA in a larger framework.

      5. Materials: Identify materials the Forum will compile for distribution at
      local events
      · Sample Media Advisory
      · Press Conference Checklist
      · Background Materials on CLRA
      · Quotes Page from a Range of Experts on Civil Liberties Post 9-11
      · Backgrounders and Issues Briefs from organizations on Civil Liberties Post

      2) Important Happenings!
      Friday, March 19, 2004 at 10:30 a.m.
      U.S. Commission on Civil Rights 624 Ninth Street. NW, 5th Floor Conference
      Rm. Washington DC

      What: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to hold briefing on the civil rights
      implications of the Patriot Act and related anti-terrorism efforts.

      Speakers include: Mary Rose Oakar, president of the American-Arab
      Anti-Discrimination Committee; Nadine Strossen, President of the American Civil Liberties
      Union; Paul Rosenzweig, Professor of Law, Georgia Mason University School of
      Law and Senior Litigation Research Fellow, the Heritage Foundation.

      When: Friday, March 19, 2004 at 10:30 a.m.

      Where: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights 624 Ninth Street. NW, 5th Floor
      Conference Rm. Washington DC
      For more information, Deborah Reid or Kamala Sessoms at 202-376-8351
      3) FNS: Mexicali Opens Border Facility for Repatriated Minors
      March 17, 2004

      Baja California has opened its second border facility to take in Mexican
      minors repatriated from the United States. While the first center to be
      inaugurated was in Tijuana, the second one is in Mexicali.

      Maria Elena Blackaller de Elorduy, the state head of Desarrollo Integral de
      la Familia (Family Development, DIF), said that the facility will offer
      psychological, legal and social-worker support to help stabilize minors
      during the crisis they go through when being returned to Mexico.

      An additional benefit of the program says Blackaller is that it will give
      DIF the opportunity to get an exact count of how many minors are repatriated
      to Baja California through Mexicali and Tijuana.

      According to statistics provided by the Mexicali newspaper La Crónica, Baja
      California receives the highest number of repatriated minors among all
      Mexican states. BC is followed by Chihuahua, and then by Tamaulipas and

      In 2003, 4,250 of Mexico's 12,298 repatriated minors were sent back to
      Mexico through Baja California.

      Ana Teresa Orozco, national director of DIF, recognized the effort that BC
      is making to keep minors safe upon their return to Mexico. However, she did
      comment that work must be done in migrants' home communities to keep them
      from sending children illegally to the US.

      Source: La Crónica (Mexicali), March 17, 2004. Article by José Manuel
      Greg Bloom, Outreach Coordinator
      Center for Latin American and Border Studies
      New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

      4) United Students Against Sweatshops is Hiring!

      ActionLA and National Immigrant Solidarity Newtork is a close ally with
      United Students Against sweatshops, a major-leading student anti-sweatshops
      organization in the U.S. created by students, run by students.

      I hope we can find some good people from immigrant communities, people of
      color youth to apply, we need more people from the voice of the voiceless to come
      to take the laeds on the immigrant-labor anti-globalization movements!

      To Apply:
      Send your responses to the questions below along with a resume, cover letter,
      and contact information for 3 references to organize@...

      Or fax us at 202-293-5308

      Or mail us at USAS, 1150 17th St NW Suite 300, Washington DC 20036.
      United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is currently hiring for THREE
      full-time National Organizer positions - Outreach, Program, and Organizational
      Development. Each position requires a two-year commitment, a dedication to social
      and economic justice, and a willingness to work independently. The position
      offers a competitive non-profit salary, health and dental benefits, and flexible
      vacation time. People of color, immigrants, women, working class, and LGBTQ
      folks are strongly urged to apply.

      USAS is a national student-run organization with chapters across the country
      running exciting grassroots campaigns focused on issues of worker rights and
      social and economic justice, from our campuses and communities, to the
      factories across the world that manufacture garments and other products for U.S.
      corporations and universities. The national staff works closely with students
      nationwide to support ongoing campus organizing; coordinates the activities of lo
      cal organizations into national actions and campaigns; puts together national
      meetings, trainings, and conferences; maintains communication and coordination
      with national and international allies; and facilitates the infrastructure
      development of a dynamic movement.
      Each of the three National Organizer positions has a different focus:
      OUTREACH, PROGRAM, and ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Please indicate a preference in
      your cover letter; however, you may be offered a position other than your
      indicated preference. All National Organizer positions will have campaign
      responsibilities (WRC affiliation, campus living wage, etc) to be determined at the time
      of hiring.
      The National Organizer for Outreach will help support student efforts to
      expand our organizational base as well as reach out to allied organizations. The
      position’s responsibilities include supporting our student Regional Organizer
      program; working with established allies as well as developing new
      relationships; developing organizing strategies; coordinating media outreach; and
      developing the affiliates program.
      The National Organizer for Development will focus on supporting the
      infrastructure of our growing organization to ensure that we are building power
      sustainably. The Organizer will coordinate USAS fundraising and finances, student
      leadership development, action alerts, and materials production. All staff share
      these responsibilities, particularly fundraising, but the Organizer will
      function as a “bottomliner” who retains ultimate responsibility.
      The National Organizer for Program will coordinate conferences and trainings,
      as well as the international internship program. As above, all staff share
      these responsibilities, particularly the conferences, but the Organizer takes
      the lead, delegates responsibilities, etc.
      · Experience as a student/youth organizer; preferably some experience with
      USAS and/or the student labor movement
      · Knowledge of/experience with the labor movement
      · Bookkeeping and database general skills
      · Financial management skills a strong plus; additional training will be
      · Fundraising experience required; Grant-writing experience is strongly
      · Strong commitment to building diverse leadership and combating oppression
      · Previous office experience is a strong plus
      USAS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer

      Describe your organizing experiences, with particular attention to student
      organizing and/or organizing for worker rights.
      Describe a success and a challenge from your organizing. Focus, if possible,
      on campus organizing.
      How would you build the organizational infrastructure of USAS? Alternatively,
      describe an experience you’ve had building and sustaining an organization.
      How would you work to end racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and other
      forms of identity-based oppression in USAS? Alternatively, describe how such
      forms of oppression have intersected with your organizing.
      What’s the most successful thing you’ve done to promote leadership
      development in those you work with?
      What do you do to avoid burnout?
      What languages do you speak? Are you fair, proficient, or fluent in speaking,
      listening, reading, and writing?
      When are you available to start working for USAS?

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