Signing up for mailing lists is an easy way to keep informed about what people/groups are up to. (One of my favorites is the "job opportunities for public artists" it's a real hoot)
The "Rural Organizing Project" has just sent out this letter. It's worth reading.
There have been fewer calls for people to fill the streets rallying for immigrant rights since the historical protests on May Day of this year, but the issue of immigration has stayed as hot and charged as ever. And your voice as a sane and rational and committed human dignity activist is as important as ever, especially as we draw closer to an election that is sure to try and use t his issue to pull our communities apart, both in DC and in our own local communities.
Last week, at a town hall with Senator Wyden in St. Helen's here in Columbia County, anti-immigrant folks were out in full force. One elderly woman stated that she was willing to go to the border and shoot (and thus protect her grandchildren from drugs). Day laborers in Cornelius have been under growing attack by the anti-immigrant group Oregonians for Immigration Reform who are protesting at the day laborer site and broadcasting their anti-immigrant hate on right wing internet blogs. Politicians seem to welcome the photo opportunities to be seen with the Minutemen. Things are feeling a little dismal here, folks.
Right-wing internet blogs? Where?!?!
Meanwhile, the leadership in Congress has been equally disappointing. Rather than working for real, just comprehensive immigration reform as it looked like momentum was building towards, the House and Senate recessed to con vene more opportunities to "listen to the public" aka pander to anti-immigrant sentiment, holding hearing with names like, "Border Vulnerabilities and International Terrorism and Use of the National Guard to Secure the Border."
But there is, as always, resistance to celebrate and push backs to be part of. Immigrant rights groups have been creative in staging their own hearings that sought out voices from the immigrant and ally communities to share information on what good immigration reform that protects workers worldwide, provides a path to citizenship and reunites families could really look like, rather than an enforcement only, fear based approach.
And now, you have a chance to join the effort this Labor Day weekend in Portland and celebrate the contributions of all of Oregon’s work force. Take a little trip and join with immigrant, labor and faith communities in a solidarity march for immigrant rights!