June 30: Immigrant Voting Rights Coalition Meeting
Voting Rights Coalition for Immigrant Parents
(not an official title, which we'll discuss at the mtg)
Wednesday, June 30th, 2004, from 5:30-7:30 pm Instituto Familiar de La Raza, on 2919 Mission Street @ 26th Street
Dear Friends -- It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that we invite you and your organization to be part of a new quest for civil rights in San Francisco. On Wednesday, June 30th, 2004, from 5:30-7:30 pm, we will meet at Instituto Familiar de La Raza, on 2919 Mission Street @ 26th Street, to launch a broad coalition of labor, community groups, churches, elected officials, citizens and immigrants to pass the Immigrant Voting Rights initiative in the November 2004 election. Introduced by Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez -- and supported at this time by Supervisors Ammiano, Daly, Maxwell, McGoldrick, and Sandoval -- the measure will extend the right to vote in school board elections to all parents with children in San Francisco public schools, regardless of citizenship. The initiative will empower the parents of one-third of our children in public schools to have a saying as how their children are educated. We hope you and your organization would join us on June 30th to give us your input, talent and effort to make this initiative proposition a reality in our city and to be part of a nationwide effort to enhance democracy. Many people are not aware that for the first 150-year history of our country, 22 states allowed immigrants to vote, and in the last two decades, cities and towns in four states -- Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois and New York -- have provided voting rights to immigrants at the local level. This campaign is not new, but simply a return to core American values of fairness and democracy, and another exciting step in the historic civil rights movement. On Wednesday, we will provide information, answer questions, and take additional feedback and suggestions concerning the initiative, and we will also spend time brainstorming further community outreach strategy, an official name for the coalition, and overall campaign strategies.
Voting Rights Coalition for Immigrant Parents (not an official title, which we'll discuss at the mtg) p.s. On July 1st and 8th, the Rules Committee of the Board of Supervisors will hear public comment on this initiative, and we also encourage you to testify. For more information, or if you cannot attend the meeting but want to receive future information about this initiative campaign, please contact David Chiu at (415) 793-5462 or david.chiu@... or Carlos Petroni at (415) 452-9992 or alternative@....
Also, all of you should have received a Yahoo Group invitation to join the coalition's list serve; please sign up, or email david.chiu@... if you did not receive it.