12/10-18: International Migrants Day Events From Across the Country
12/10-18: International Migrants Day Events From Across the Country
Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ), Jobs with Justice (JwJ) and the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR), are jointly organizing a week of action for global justice and immigrant rights from December 10th through December 18th, 2005.
The WTO Ministerial is taking place on December 13-18 in Hong Kong and we are calling on your organizations to take part in organizing or attend an event during the National week of Action.
There are 2 SIMPLE ways your organization can get involved:
- Signing on to the NNIRR’s Statement on International Migrants Day
- Join one of the actions taking place close to your area
Please let us know if your organization is organizing an event by filling out the form below. We have a national media coordinator who is helping to put our voices out there!
Let us know if you’re event is not listed!
Partial List of U.S. Events & Activities in Recognition of International Migrants Day, and Week of Action for Global Justice and Immigrant Rights, Dec 10-18, 2005
Boston, MA Teach-In on Global Justice and Immigrant Rights Wed., Dec 14 33 Harrison Ave. (UNITE-HERE Bldg.) Ariana Flores Boston Jobs with Justice 617-524-8778
Boston, MA Right to Organize March Thur., Dec 8 Ariana Flores Boston Jobs with Justice 617-524-8778
California-wide (San Bernardino, Temecula, Los Angeles) La Posada sin Fronteras (Posada Without the Border) Sun., Dec 18 3pm – 6pm State Field Park, San Diego Betty Canton-Self Interfaith Coalition for Im. Rights 415-227-0388
Chicago, IL “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” Film Screening and Panel Discussion Wed., Dec 14 6:30pm Instituto del Progresso Latino 2570 S. Blue Island Ave. Khemarey Nuth CAAELII 773-248-1019
Chicago, IL Migrants Day Community Gathering & New Orleans Trip Report-back Sun., Dec 18 3pm – 6pm Efebos Internet Cafe, 1640 S. Blue Island Ave Khemarey Nuth CAAELII 773-248-1019
Chicago, IL Right to Organize March Thur., Dec 8 Carlos Fernandez Chicago Jobs with Justice 312-738-6100
Clarksville, TN Community Presentation of “New World Border” Sun., Dec 18 Jerrika Rivera Asociacion Latina 931-906-6114
Denver, CO “Light a Fire for Justice!” Candle-light Vigil Sun., Dec 18 3:30pm Julia Gonzalez Colorado Grassroots Movement for Immigrant Justice 303-477-6111 x17
Jackson, MS – New Orleans, LA March to New Orleans Sat., Dec 10 2pm Tonga Square City Hall Walda Katz-Fishman Project South 301-367-1079
Los Angeles, CA Workers Convention & Educational on Household Work Sun., Dec 18 2pm – 5pm Liz Sunwoo MIWON 213-550-6042
Louisville, KT Fair Trade Day Tues., Dec 6 Attica Scott Kentucky Jobs with Justice 502-582-3508 x124
Mexican border (Arizona, Bahia, El Paso, Houston, New Jersey, New Mexico, San Jose) March for Human Rights Sun., Dec 10 Eberto Romero Border Network for Human Rights 832-533-0029
New York, NY Popular Theatre, Mock Caroling, and Petition Sat., Dec 17 Radio City Music Hall Anita Graham Community Voices Heard 212-860-6001 x114
Oakland, CA International Migrants Day and Anti-Minutemen City Resolution Cary Sanders CA Immigrant Welfare Collaborative 510-663-8282 x303
Portland Right to Organize March Global Justice Teach-In Sat., Dec 10 Sat., Dec 17 Chris Ferlazzo Portland Jobs with Justice 503-236-5573
San Antonio, TX Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe Vigil o Posada Thur., Dec 15 RubenSolis Southwest Workers Union 210-299-2666
San Francisco Screening of “Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary” Sun., Dec 18 4pm Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom @ 23rd St. Sheila Chung Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition 510-839-7598
San Francisco Press Conference denouncing raids and announcing drivers’ license campaign Thur., Dec 15 10am 16th & Mission Luis Herrera Coalicion Deporten a la Migra 415-487-9203
Santa Fe, NM Event and Film on Border Vigilantism Marcela Diaz Somos un Pueblo Unido 505-424-7832
Toledo, OH Immigrant & Latino Low-Wage Workers Hearing and Reception Sat., Dec 10 5pm – 6:30pm 1221 Broadway Street Beatriz Maya Farm Labor Organizing Committee 419-243-3456 x3
Tucson, AZ 3rd Annual Corazón de Justicia Awards Fri., Dec 16 6:30pm Las Cazuelitas Event Center Kat Rodriguez Coalición de Derechos Humanos 520.770.1373
Tucson, AZ Vigil to Remember Lives Lost on the Border Thur., Dec 15 7pm El Tiradito Shrine Kat Rodriguez Coalición de Derechos Humanos 520.770.1373
Washinton, DC An Afternoon of Performance and Education about Immigrant Labor Rights Sat., Dec 10 1pm – 4pm Marie Reed Learning Center 2200 Champlain Street NW Rosita Choy Amnesty International 202-544-0200 x301
Call to Action for International Migrants Day, 2005
Following a year of tremendous challenges for the immigrant rights community, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights invites your support and participation in activities to celebrate International Migrants Day and to reaffirm our commitment to the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families.
About December 18 (International Migrants Day)
On December 18, 1990, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was approved by the United Nations General Assembly, after almost a decade of governmental negotiations and advocacy by migrant groups around the world. On December 4, 2000, following lobbying efforts by international agencies and migrant groups, the United Nations recognized and proclaimed December 18 as International Migrants Day.
Since 2001, in solidarity with migrant organizations around the world, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) has commemorated this day in the U.S. alongside its members, through local events, an annual national statement and press release, educational and organizing materials, media campaigns, and even a commemorative poster and t-shirts. (For more details, visit www.nnirr.org/dec18 <http://www.nnirr.org/dec18> and for more details on international events, visit www.december18.net <http://www.december18.net/> and www.migrantwatch.org <http://www.migrantwatch.org/> .)
International Migrants Day 2005
This year has been a particularly significant year in the struggle for immigrant rights. In recognition of the accomplishments by immigrant communities, and the challenges ahead of us, NNIRR is calling on organizations and individuals around the country to commemorate this year’s International Migrants Day on December 15th, 2005 (Thursday) with a local vigil ceremony highlighting one or more of the following issues/struggles:
· Fighting back the right-wing attack on immigrants: Immigrants have been scapegoat-ed and criminalized by armed, vigilante right-wing groups such as the Minutemen Project, who have expanded their deadly activities around the country, often with sanctioned approval of local government officials. But immigrants and allies have resisted this attack, and we will draw attention to the right-wing agenda that has bluntly disregarded immigrants’ basic human rights, and put the lives of immigrants in grave jeopardy.
· The injustices suffered by immigrants in the Gulf region in the wake of hurricanes: Undocumented immigrant victims have been denied disaster relief by FEMA and other agencies, while immigrant contract workers have been made to do hazardous cleanup work, handling toxic materials without proper safety equipment -- and then abandoned, without pay, by their employers. Immigrants and anyone who “looked or sounded foreign” were harassed, denied assistance, and evicted from Red Cross shelters, accused of being undocumented immigrants. We want to draw attention to these injustices, as well as to the structural racism and patterns of poverty that have plagued immigrants and other communities of color in the region.
· The WTO’s (World Trade Organization) impact on migration and migrant labor: The WTO is having a critical meeting in Hong Kong on Dec. 12-18. The WTO’s trade policies have caused unemployment, and the depression of farmers and small businesses in poor communities everywhere. These have caused mass involuntary migration of people who are forced to look for work and other sources of living in other regions and countries. Now, through its “Mode 4” deal, the WTO is proposing to create a global guestworker program that will enable corporations to dictate the flow of temporary workers -- whose rights and immigrant status are tied to their employer, exposing them to significant abuse such as those endured by Braceros and other guestworkers, with no possibility of permanent residency. We want to highlight how trade agreements struck by the WTO have caused communities to lose their livelihoods and forced people to migrate, while using immigrants as cheap, disposable labor for corporations.
The vigil can take place at any number of places, and in various forms – late afternoon at a Federal Building , an evening gathering at a place of worship – even a potluck dinner at a local community organization’s office or center. We encourage you to publicize your activity in the media to help call attention to the significance of the day as well as to your own efforts to promote the rights of immigrants. And we also encourage groups to coordinate their efforts with others locally, and to reach out to allies and new friends through this event.
NNIRR is developing educational, outreach and organizing materials to support these actions around the country. We will shoulder responsibility for collecting information on all these activities to publicize them nationally and internationally, to raise the collective power of grassroots community action. We will also be circulating a national sign-on statement for International Migrants Day.
Complete and email registration form by Monday, December 12th, to celiaalario@...
Yes! Please register our activity as part of the Week of Action for Global Justice & Immigrant Rights.
Name of Organization:
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