Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Democracy Now! - Thousands Turn Out For Immigrant Rights Protest Against Social

Expand Messages
  • peaceandjustice2005
    courtesy Democracy Now! [edited] Links to Spanish translations follow English! ... in this email: 1. Thousands Turn Out For Immigrant Rights Protest Against
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 13 10:35 AM
    • 0 Attachment
      courtesy Democracy Now! [edited]

      Links to Spanish translations follow English!

      ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      in this email:

      1. Thousands Turn Out For Immigrant Rights Protest Against Social
      Security "No Match" Letters

      2. Immigrant Groups Launch Boycott of Western Union Over Money
      Transfer Fees

      3. Separated by Deportation, Mother, Son Lead Joint Rallies for
      Immigrant Rights

      4. Meatpacking Workers File Suit Over Immigration Raids


      ================

      http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/13/1445232



      Immigration rights activists declared Wednesday a national day of
      action against new immigration measures announced by the Department of
      Homeland Security last month. One of the rules converts Social
      Security "no match" letters into a tool of immigration enforcement.
      The letters are sent to employers when a worker's stated social
      security number does not match records in government databases.


      Immigration rights activists declared Wednesday a national day of
      action against new immigration measures announced by the Department of
      Homeland Security last month. One of the rules converts Social
      Security "no match" letters into a tool of immigration enforcement.
      "No match" letters are sent to employers when a worker's stated social
      security number does not match records in government databases. Until
      now they were used to notify employees of the benefits they could lose
      as a result of the discrepancy. Under the new rule, employers are
      required to fire workers or face fines and criminal charges unless the
      discrepancy is remedied within 90 days.

      Last month, a San Francisco judge ordered a temporary stay on sending
      out new versions of the letters. A hearing is scheduled for October
      1st, but activists warn that some employers are not waiting for the
      case to be resolved in court before taking action.

      On Wednesday, thousands took to the streets in cities across the
      country against this pending crackdown that threatens the jobs of 8
      million documented and undocumented workers. Milwaukee, Wisconsin had
      the largest turnout with an estimated 10,000 people observing a day of
      "No work, no school, no purchases."

      * Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la
      Frontera, a low-wage and immigrant workers center in Milwaukee and
      Racine, Wisconsin. Voces de la Frontera organized Wednesday's rally in
      Milwaukee.

      To read, watch, or listen:
      http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/13/1445232


      ========================


      Thursday, September 13th, 2007
      Immigrant Groups Launch Boycott of Western Union Over Money Transfer Fees

      A network of over 150 immigrant organizations across the country have
      launched a boycott of money transfer giant Western Union. The
      organizations accuse Western Union of charging immigrants exorbitant
      fees and non-standard exchange rates when they try to send money home.
      We speak with a coordinator for the Transnational Institute for
      Grassroots Research and Action, the umbrella organization coordinating
      the Western Union boycott.

      Immigration reform might have died in the Senate earlier this summer,
      but the movement for immigrant rights is very much alive. Although
      Democratic hopefuls at the first Spanish-language Presidential debate
      broadcast Sunday focused on the importance of border security,
      immigrant rights advocates aim to steer the debate in another
      direction. They are emphasizing the economic security of migrant workers.

      A network of over 150 immigrant organizations across the country have
      launched a boycott of money transfer giant Western Union. The
      organizations accuse Western Union of charging immigrants exorbitant
      fees and non-standard exchange rates when they try to send money home.
      The boycott organizers say that Western Union's annual profit of over
      one billion dollars comes from the fees paid on remittances sent by
      migrant workers to their home countries. Yet, Western Union, they say,
      reinvests only 41 cents for every $100 of profit back into these
      immigrant communities.

      * Kayhan Irani, New York - New Jersey regional coordinator for
      TIGRA, the Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action.
      TIGRA is the umbrella organization coordinating the Western Union boycott.


      to read, watch, or listen:
      http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/13/1445227

      ====================

      Thursday, September 13th, 2007
      Headlines for September 13, 2007 [edited]

      - Meatpacking Workers File Suit Over Immigration Raids


      Separated by Deportation, Mother, Son Lead Joint Rallies for Immigrant
      Rights

      A deported immigrant rights activist and her eight-year old son led
      parallel rallies for immigrant rights Wednesday in Washington and
      Tijuana. Elvira Arellano was deported to Mexico last month following a
      year of refuge inside a Chicago church. On Wednesday, Arellano led
      dozens through Tijuana’s streets calling for an end to the US
      government crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

      Elvira Arellano: "The call that I made to be in Washington D.C.
      on September 12, was important. I was deported and this was where I
      was deported. Hundreds of families are separated here everyday."

      Meanwhile in Washington, Arellano’s son Saul led a chanting crowd of
      more than one hundred fifty people through the Capitol building. Saul
      Arellano joined with a group of other children to carry a banner
      reading: “Born in the USA. Don’t take our moms and dads away.”

      Meatpacking Workers File Suit Over Immigration Raids

      A union representing workers at six meatpacking plants has filed suit
      against immigration officials over raids that led to more than one
      thousand arrests last year. The suit accuses the U.S. Immigration and
      Customs Enforcement of roughly handling more than twelve thousand
      workers of the meatpacking company Swift. The United Food and
      Commercial Workers International Union says workers not accused of any
      crime were handcuffed for hours and denied access to phones, legal
      counsel, bathrooms and their families. The suit seeks financial
      damages and an end to the raids.

      http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/13/1444255

      ========================

      Democracy Now!'s daily news summaries are now available in Spanish:



      Read:

      http://www.democracynow.org/



      To subscribe to these "Titulares de Hoy" by email, send a blank message

      to: boletin-sub@...

      Suscríbase al boletín diario en español

      courtesy Democracy Now!

      http://www.democracynow.org/

      For Spanish translations see:

      Los Titulares de Hoy: Democracy Now!'s daily news summary translated
      into Spanish

      and

      Resumen Hora Completa DN!

      On the Net:



      boletín diario en español


      Democracy Now! : http://www.democracynow.org/index.pl

      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Please forward this to friends and family

      and encourage them to subscribe!
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.