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    http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/07/14/18287865.php City of San Francisco | Anti-War AG Alberto Gonzales Coming to San Francisco by lito Friday Jul 14th,
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      City of San Francisco | Anti-War

      AG Alberto Gonzales Coming to San Francisco
      by lito 
      Friday Jul 14th, 2006 10:08 AM
      The San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting Attorney General, and supporter of torture, Alberto Gonzales at Medjool in the Mission on Friday the 21st. Hopefully protests will be planned - hopefully they will connect the anti-war and pro-immigrant movements.
      From the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: 

      Breakfast Forum with U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales 

      Date: Friday, July 21, 2006 
      Time: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
      Place: Medjool, 2522 Mission Street, between 20th and 21st Streets 

      The SFHCC is honored to present a rare opportunity to have an intimate discussion with U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales regarding immigration and the President's call for comprehensive immigration reform. This event is limited to the first 100 participants registered. 

      President Bush has asked Congress to work with him to achieve significant immigration reform that protects the homeland by controlling the borders; serves America's economy by matching a willing worker with a willing employer; promotes compassion for unprotected workers; provides incentives for temporary workers to return to their home countries and families; protects the rights of legal immigrants while not unfairly rewarding those who came here unlawfully or hope to do so. This legislation must also meet the Nation's economic needs and live up to the promise and values of America. 

      "The desire to achieve this title, this status, of American citizenship is why we are a nation of immigrants - and that is a characterization that we should preserve. Diversity makes our country strong and rich in ways that are difficult to quantify. What is clear is that a nation made up of people who came here for freedom, or who were born to parents or grandparents who sought freedom - is a special land indeed. The diversity this has rendered is important to cherish and to protect," said Honorable Gonzales. 

      The President's proposal is based on five basic principles: 

      Protecting the Homeland by Controlling Our Borders: The program should link to efforts to control our border through agreements with countries whose nationals participate in the program. It must support ongoing efforts to enhance homeland security. 

      Serve America's Economy by Matching a Willing Worker with a Willing Employer: When no American worker is available and willing to take a job, the program should provide a labor supply for American employers. It should do so in a way that is clear, streamlined, and efficient so people can find jobs and employers can find workers in a timely manner. 

      Promoting Compassion: The program should grant currently working undocumented aliens a temporary worker status to prevent exploitation. Participants would be issued a temporary worker card that will allow them to travel back and forth between their home and the U.S. without fear of being denied re-entry into America. 

      Providing Incentives for Return to Home Country: The program will require the return of temporary workers to their home country after their period of work has concluded. The legal status granted by this program would last three years, be renewable, and would have an end. During the temporary work period, it should allow movement across the U.S. borders so the worker can maintain roots in their home country. 

      Protecting the Rights of Legal Immigrants: The program should not connect participation to a green card or citizenship. However, it should not preclude a participant from obtaining green card status through the existing process. It should not permit undocumented workers to gain an advantage over those who have followed the rules. 
      Agenda: 

      · 7:30a Registration/ Continental Breakfast 

      · 8:00a Opening Remarks - Richard Ventura, SFHCC Executive Director 

      · 8:10a Keynote - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales 

      · 8:40a Roundtable discussion 

      · 9:25a Closing Remarks - Richard Ventura 

      · 9:30a Media interviews (The forum will be closed to TV and Radio media until 10a to ensure an open and candid discussion with the community. Interviews will be opened at 930a with all media) 

      You can download Fact Sheet for the Fair and Secure Immigration Reform at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/01/20040107-1.html and get more information about the President's immigration activities at http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/immigration/. 

      Fees: 
      Members of SFHCC & Partnering Organizations $35 
      Non Members $45.00 

      Registration: 
      For registration, see https://sfhcccalendar.chamberbusinesssuite.com/EventDetail.aspx?key=435 or call 415-278-9611 with any questions. 


      Partnering Organizations: 

      Arriba Juntos 
      Asian Business Association, Inc. 
      Asian Inc. 
      California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 
      Chicana Latina Foundation 
      Chinese Chamber of San Francisco 
      Council of Asian American Business Associations - California (CAABA) 
      Hispanic-Net 
      La Raza Lawyers 
      Latino Business Professionals 
      Latino Community Foundation 
      Latino Film Festival 
      Latino Issues Forum 
      Mexican American Political Association 
      Mission Language and Vocational School 
      National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals 
      National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals 
      National Association of Women Business Owners 
      National Latino Peace Officers Association 
      National Society of Hispanic MBA's 
      Northern California Supplier Development Council 
      Northern California The Council of Asian American Business 
      Associations of CA 
      Filipino American Chamber of Commerce 
      San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 
      San Francisco Small Business Commission 
      Small Business Development Center 
      Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 
      The Mexican Museum 
      Women's Initiative for Self EmploymentBolivian American Chamber of Commerce 
      Camara de Comercio de Marin 
      Camara de Comercio Salvadorena Americana 
      Greater San Jose Chamber of Commerce 
      Guatemalan American Chamber of Commerce 
      Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Alameda County 
      Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Contra Costa County 
      Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley 
      Marin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 
      Monterey County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 
      Napa Valley Latino Business Association 
      Nicaraguan American Chamber of Commerce 
      San Mateo County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 
      Sonoma County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

      SFHCC - 703 Market Street, Suite 611 - San Francisco, CA 94103 - (415) 278-9611 - http://www.sfhcc.com 

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