Joint Statement from Rev. Derrick Harkins, Senior Pastor of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference for the House Judiciary Committee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement’s Subcommittee Hearing: Making Immigration Work for American Minorities

March 1, 2011

As faith leaders of African-American and Hispanic congregations, we come together to affirm our commitment to an economic solution that honestly addresses the need for good jobs for everyone in our communities, without seeking to pit us against one another for political gain.  We acknowledge that many in our congregations are struggling economically and feeling the pain of unemployment, but we reject the tactics of political leaders who use their positions of power to foster divisions and resentment between the African-American, Hispanic, and immigrant communities.

Their approach is not new. Politicians and special interest groups have long sought to reinforce the notion that our communities are at odds and in competition for jobs, public resources, and civil rights advancement.  These same groups portray immigrants as Hispanics who flout the legal immigration system and deliberately displace American workers, damaging the opportunities and freedoms of African-Americans.  These images ignore the reality: that immigrants from all over the world are woven into the fabric of African-American and Hispanic communities across the country. The divisive tactics of special interests serve only to prevent the possibility of true transformation in our system.

However, our search for justice and equality unifies us across ethnic lines:  We know that blaming a particular group of people – rather than acknowledging and addressing the brokenness of our current immigration system – will never lead to real solutions for our nation.  We also recognize that fear of those who are different will greatly hinder our nation’s progress, and we must actively expose and uproot this element of the current debate.  

As leaders of faith communities, we are called to care for the poor and welcome the stranger. We stand on the principles of Dr. King and others who proclaim that God gave all people human dignity and value, regardless of race or position in life.  This means keeping children and parents together, and establishing pathways by which our immigrant brethren may seek a better life for themselves and their families and contribute fully to our communities. 

We recognize that justice will only come when we move beyond false divisions and turn to the real challenge: building an economy and society that welcomes and rewards all those who seek to work hard and contribute to our general welfare. We cannot sit by as our leaders play up concerns for African or Hispanic Americans as an excuse to avoid the real work at hand, and we pray that politicians in both parties will rise above these cynical tactics and work toward an immigration system that expands our prosperity while preserving the dignity of all.

Media Coverage of Latino Voters and the 2010 Election

English Language Articles:

Bloomberg: Republican Election Gains May Stall Business’s Immigration Push

By Laura Litvan, November 2, 2010 

Las Vegas Sun: ‘Yes, we did’

By Anjeanette Damon, November 2, 2010

FOX News: Poll: Latinos Souring on Illegal Immigration

November 2, 2010 

Dallas Morning News: Latino voters and the 2010 election

By William McKenzie

Wall Street Journal: Voters’ Passions Run High in Nevada

By Tamara Audi, November 2, 2010

CNN: Mobilizing the Latino vote

By Soledad O’Brien, November 2, 2010

CNN: Poll: Latinos favor GOP candidates in Florida

By Soledad O’Brien, November 2, 2010 

Progress Illinois: Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Dems In Illinois

November 2, 2010

Americas News Online: Midterm Elections 2010 – Hispanic Vote On Immigration Reform Up

By Julie Smith, November 2, 2010 

Washington Post: Opinion – Will Latinos swing the West to Democrats?

By Edward Schumacher-Matos, November 2, 2010

Washington Independent: Tancredo, Angle, Whitman Lose After Anti-Illegal Immigration Campaigns

By Elise Foley, November 3, 2010

Arizona Republic: Jan Brewer rides Arizona’s immigration law to victory

By Casey Newton, November 3, 2010 

San Francisco Chronicle: Opinion – Republicans can’t talk about immigration enforcement

By Ruben Navarrette Jr., November 3, 2010

Associated Press: Minorities ride GOP wave to historic victories

November 3, 2010

Arizona Republic: Opinion – GOP Latinos make history

By Linda Valdez, November 3, 2010 

San Diego Union Tribune: Trio behind anti-illegal-immigration law may return

By J. Harry Jones, November 3, 2010 

Politico: Gutierrez: Hispanics saved Reid

November 3, 2010

The Atlantic: Democrats Capitalize on Latino Advantage Out West

By Chris Good, November 3, 2010

Associated Press: Latinos, blacks ride GOP wave to major wins

By Laura Wides-Munoz and Jesse Washington, November 3, 2010

Wall Street Journal: Latinos Help Score Some Wins for GOP

By Ana Campoy, November 3, 2010

Politico: Hispanics saved the Dems

November 3, 2010

New York Times: Did Polls Underestimate Democrats’ Latino Vote?

By Nate Silver, November 3, 2010

Washington Independent: Latino Voters Choose Democrats in Key Races

By Elise Foley, November 3, 2010 

Politico: Poll: Hispanics give mixed marks

By Carrie Budoff Brown, November 3, 2010

Los Angeles Times: Latino voters played key role in California races, other national contests, survey finds

November 3, 2010

Newsweek: Did Hispanics Save Harry Reid?

November 3, 2010

Washington Independent: GOP Aims to Bolster Immigration Enforcement, But Little Change Is Likely

By Elise Foley, November 4, 2010

New York Daily News: Immigration reform fell with Dems, but with GOP in control of House, expect it to fall to wayside

By Albor Ruiz, November 4, 2010

San Francisco Chronicle: Opinion – Immigration reform should stay on front burner

By Michael Honda and Scott Fujita, November 4, 2010

San Antonio Express News: Smith to push enforcement of immigrant laws

By Gary Martin, November 4, 2010

Washington Post: Do Democrats Owe Their Hold on the Senate to Hispanic Voters?

By Krissah Thompson, November 4, 2010

Washington Post: What an Immigrant Would Say to Boehner

By Edward Schumacher-Matos, November 4, 2010

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Without Latinos and Blacks, GOP Can’t Build a Permanent Majority

By Cynthia Tucker, November 4, 2010

Huffington Post: Latinos Prevent Republicans from Seizing Control of Senate

By Bob Creamer, November 4, 2010 

Politics Daily: Hispanics Win 3 Key Races for GOP and Lend Clout to Both Parties

By Luisita Lopez Torregrosa, November 4, 2010

The New Republic: Cheer Up, Democrats.  Things Will Improve

By Jonathan Chait, November 4, 2010

Associated Press: States Urge Court to Uphold Arizona’s Immigration Law

By David Lieb, November 4, 2010

Kansas City Star: Missouri, Kansas and 11 Other States File Brief in Arizona Immigration Case

By Jason Noble, November 4, 2010

Wall Street Journal: Both Parties Get Help From Hispanics

By John D. Mckinnon And Ana Campoy, November 4, 2010

Denver Post: Teamwork, tenacity helped propel Bennet in Senate race in Colo.

By Michael Booth, November 4, 2010

Orange County Weekly: Latino Voters Influence Felt Beyond Brown and Boxer in California, Claim Advocates

By Matt Coker, November 4, 2010

New America Media: Latino Firewall Helped Save Senate for Democrats

By Elena Shore, November 4, 2010 

NPR: Latinos May Have Saved Senate for Democrats

By Ina Jaffe, November 5, 2010

Washington Post: Election By the Numbers

By Harold Meyerson, November 5, 2010 

NPR: Debating the Impact of Latino Voters

November 5, 2010

NPR: GOP Hopes Increased Diversity Attracts New Voters

By Debbie Elliott, November 5, 2010

Latin American Herald Tribune: Latino Vote Saved Democratic Majority in Senate, Experts Say

November 5, 2010

San Antonio Express-News: Rodriguez lost by passing up opportunity on immigration

By Scott Stroud, November 5, 2010

Colorado Independent: Numbers Show Hispanic Voters Carried the Day for Colorado Democrats

By Scot Kersgaard, November 5, 2010

New York Times: Latinos Reached Milestones in Midterm Races

By Mark Lacey and Julia Preston, November 6, 2010 

Los Angeles Times: Latino Voters’ Impact Varied by Region

By Nicholas Riccardi, November 6, 2010

Sacramento Bee: Latino Vote Helps Dems Keep California Blue

By Jack Chang, November 6, 2010

The Hill: Immigration Advocates: Solid Latino Turnout Shows Need for Reform Now

By Kevin Bogardus, November 6, 2010

Latin American Herald Tribune: US Election Latino Wins and Losses

By Marcela Sanchez, November 6, 2010

Politico: Hispanics Vote a 2012 Wildcard

By Ben Smith and Carrie Budoff Brown, November 7, 2010

Daily Beast: Immigration Reform: Is it Dead in 2010?

By Bryan Curtis, November 7, 2010

Washington Examiner: CASA de Maryland Ramps Up Political Efforts

By Brian Hughes, November 7, 2010

Daily Kos: California, Colorado, Nevada Latinos Crush GOP

November 8, 2010

America’s Voice: Tuesday’s shellacking

By Maribel Hastings, November 8, 2010

Politico: How the West Wasn’t Won

By Molly Ball, November 9, 2010

Wall Street Journal:  Rubio Republicans

By John Fund, November 9, 2010

Bloomberg: Democrats Consoled by Latino Vote in Republican `Game Changer’

By Catherine Dodge and Traci McMillan, November 9, 2010

Arizona Republic (Editorial): Latinos Played Important Roles in 2010 Elections

November 9, 2010


Key Spanish Language Articles:

America’s Voice en Español provided background information to many Spanish-language outlets (print, TV, radio and online) that throughout the week kept a positive message on the impact of the Latino vote in the midterm election, especially in the West coast.

AVES was also quoted by news agencies like EFE, and provided post-election analysis for CNN Español and Telemundo’s Sunday political show, Enfoque.

Finally, Maribel Hastings’ column, La sacudida del martes, an analysis of the election results, was posted on the opinion pages of the major Spanish-language dailies in the US: La Opinión (Los Angeles), El Diario-La Prensa (New York), El Nuevo Herald (Miami), and HOY (Chicago), as well as news portals like AOL Latino and dozens of weeklies.

America’s Voice en Español: La sacudida del martes

Por Maribel Hastings, 3 de noviembre de 2010

Published in El Nuevo Herald (Miami), El Planeta (Boston), HOY (Chicago), AOL Latino, La Opinión (Los Angeles), El Diario-La Prensa (NY), El Politico.com, y LatinoCalifornia.com, among others.

Terra.com: El gigante no se durmió en las elecciones del 2 de noviembre

Por Tania Luviano, 3 de Noviembre de 2010

EFE: El voto latino salvó la mayoría demócrata en el Senado, según expertos

3 de noviembre de 2010

AFP: EEUU: El voto hispano frenó el alud republicano en comicios legislativos

3 de noviembre de 2010

Télam: Voto latino impidió derrota de Obama en el senado

3 de noviembre de 2010 

The Associated Press: Sondeo: Hispanos apoyan a candidatos demócratas al Senado

3 de noviembre de 2010

BBC Mundo: Latinos mostraron poder electoral sin fuerza política

Por Marcia Facundo, 4 de noviembre de 2010

Notimex: Repunta intención de voto latino en comicios de EU

4 de noviembre de 2010 

La Opinión: El peso del voto latino

Por Pilar Marrero, 4 de noviembre de 2010

La Opinión: Editorial – Un partido de minoría

5 de noviembre de 2010

BBC Mundo: EE.UU.: número récord de republicanos latinos en el Congreso

Por Marcia Facundo, 6 de noviembre de 2010

Al Día: Acusan influencia de voto latino

Por Julián Resendíz, 6 de noviembre de 2010 

Al Día: Quieren revivir el Dream Act

Por Isabel Morales y Julián Resendíz, 6 de noviembre de 2010

Washington Hispanic: Editorial – Nuevo desafío tras elección intermedia

6 de noviembre de 2010

La Opinión: Editorial – El protagonismo latino

7 de noviembre de 2010

La Opinión: Pérdidas y ganancias latinas

Por Marcela Sánchez, 7 de noviembre de 2010

 

October 26, 2010

Nevada And Colorado Ads

Spanish Radio Ads

Nevada

The Republican Party has no shame.  Year after year they impose anti-immigrant laws on us, like Proposition 187 in California and SB 1070 in Arizona. 

Here in Nevada, Senate candidate Sharron Angle is one of the key defenders of discriminatory measures.  She insults our community over and over again with her proposals, comments and ads.

And to top it off, now a Republican group is telling us not to vote.

Millions of dollars have been spent on commercials that attack us and make us out to be criminals, insinuating that we don’t deserve to be in this country.

Don’t let them fool you. They know that the Latino vote could be decisive in Nevada and they want to intimidate you so you don’t vote.

This Election Day, show the power of your voice to those who would silence it.

Vote for your family.  Vote for your community.  Vote on November 2nd.

America’s Voice, Campaign for Community Change, and Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign paid for this advertisement and are responsible for its content.  www.americasvoiceonline.org. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. 

Colorado

The Republican Party has no shame. Year after year they impose anti-immigrant laws on us, like Proposition 187 in California and SB 1070 in Arizona.

Here in Colorado, Senate candidate Ken Buck is one of the key defenders of discriminatory measures. Buck is endorsed by ALIPAC, an extremist group that wants to deny rights to immigrants.

And to top it off, now a Republican group is telling us not to vote.

Millions of dollars have been spent on commercials that attacks us and make us out to be criminals, insinuating that we don’t deserve to be in this country.

Don’t let them fool you. They know that the Latino vote could be decisive in Colorado and they want to intimidate you so you don’t vote.

This Election Day, show the power of your voice to those who would silence it.

Vote for your family. Vote for your community. Vote on November 2nd.

America’s Voice, Campaign for Community Change, and Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign paid for this advertisement and are responsible for its content. www.americasvoiceonline.org. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

September 20, 2010

military dreams

 

DREAM Act Eligible Youth Ready for the Armed Forces

 

Nelly — Texas

Nelly came to the U.S. at nine years old with her parents who wanted to provide her with a better life.  She went on to graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA, was elected class president, and even served as Cadet Commander of her high school’s ROTC program – all while holding a  job to support her family.

 “I took the military entrance exam and got very high scores. I was set to get a good job in the army,” she said, “but when it came time to submit my documentation, I couldn’t go any further.”

Yahaira Carrillo — Kansas City, MO

Yahaira is an undocumented immigrant from Guerrero, Mexico who has lived in Missouri since she was 8 years old.  After graduating in the top of her high school class, she is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree.  Yahaira had hoped to enter the U.S. Marines, but left the ROTC program after realizing she wouldn’t be able to pursue a career in the military.

Cesar Vargas — New York, NY 

Cesar grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from high school and then college. Now, he’s in his third year in law school.  “My dream is to serve in the military as a JAG officer or on the front line as an intelligence officer to lead Marines. I want to earn my place next to the great heroes of our nation that have and are fighting to defend our Constitution.”  Passing the DREAM Act would enable Cesar, who considers himself an American in all but paperwork, the opportunity to fully give back to the country he considers home.

Gaby Pacheco — Miami, FL

Gaby, 25, was brought to this country from Ecuador at age 7. In 2006, immigration agents raided her family home, and they have been fighting deportation since. Nonetheless, she has earned two associates degrees and is working on her BA in special education. A born leader, Gaby has served as president of the student government as well as for the statewide Junior Community College Student Government Association. She is a founder of Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER), an organization advocating on behalf of undocumented youth.  In her high school, Gaby was the highest ranked Junior ROTC student and scored highest on the military’s vocational aptitude test. No wonder the Air Force tried to recruit her. Her status prevented her from serving.

Ruth L. — Los Angeles, CA

Ruth came to the United States in 1992, graduated from high school and is currently a student at UCLA.  If the DREAM Act were to pass, Ruth is interested in pursuing a career as a U.S. Army officer. 

By her sophomore year in high school, Ruth was the Battalion Commander in her school with a place in the All City Staff.  By the time she went into her senior year she was already holding the rank of Cadet Colonel (the highest rank in the district) – becoming the first Hispanic/Latina Female to hold the rank and position of All City Colonel.  Ruth says, “If I would have been given the chance I would have joined the military out of high school and/or applied to attend West Point.”

David Cho  – Los Angeles, CA 

David is a senior studying International Economic and Korean at UCLA who wishes to join the Air Force upon graduation.  David is the first Korean to become the drum major of the UCLA Marching Band and would qualify for immigration status under the DREAM Act.  David was featured this week in the Wall Street Journal.   

 

 

August 3, 2010

Take Action Archive

Polling

Tell Congress: 200,000 Good Reasons

Wow, what a week!  It’s time to tell Congress that now that health care reform has passed, they have 200,000 good reasons to move immigration reform next.

We Need Your Voice Today!

Last week, Congressman Luis Gutierrez introduced a bill that would bring 12 million people out of the shadows and into the full protection of the law. This is the first concrete step in restoring justice to our badly broken immigration system. It is urgent that we start the fight strong – please raise your voice now and ask your Representatives to co-sponsor the bill!

Lou Dobbs? Not Tonight! (Thank You)

Last night, Lou Dobbs announced that he was retiring from CNN. Wow! You helped us raise money to put an ad on TV called “CNN: Drop the Hate, Drop Dobbs,” and your hard work surely helped get “Lou Dobbs Tonight” canceled. Thank you. Please help us spread the word and grow our movement for change — our voices do matter!

Tell CNN to Tune In!

Together, we raised the $16,000 needed to run our TV ad on CNN – telling the station to drop Lou Dobbs’s one-sided, anti-immigrant “news” show. Unfortunately, CNN isn’t having it. They have refused to air our “Drop the Hate” TV ad. Well, we’re not giving up– we are airing the ad on MSNBC, and we need your voice now!

Tell CNN: Drop the Hate, Drop Dobbs

Taken together, Dobbs’ statements on air paint an ugly picture of race-baiting, fear, and intolerance. Every weeknight, CNN airs one full hour of Hate TV called “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” America’s Voice is fighting back with a new TV ad—and we need your help to get it on the air!

Help Fight The Lies – Fight FAIR!

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a designated hate group, is storming DC to lobby Congress this week. Their goal? To block solutions on immigration and other key reforms– to sow division and fear with lies about immigrants and the President’s plans for reform. America’s Voice has launched a video, ads, and easy ways to take action to “fight FAIR.” Join us!

Kennedy – Hero on Immigration: A Tribute and a Timeline

For many immigrant and refugee communities, the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy was a hero. Check out our new Tribute page and Timeline, which covers key highlights from this crucial aspect of his life’s work.Sign the letter to honor his immigration legacy now!

Tell DHS: Enough is Enough!

As portrayed in our latest video, “Enough!”, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been paying for what a recent law report calls a dangerous “cowboy” operation with our tax dollars. It’s time to put an end to Bush-era immigration enforcement. Take action!

Enough is Enough- It’s Time to Kick Arpaio Out

Last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced big changes to the government program that turns local cops into immigration agents (the so-called “287-g” program). The changes are a start, but they haven’t stopped Sheriff Joe’s dangerous and racist antics- take action!

Netroots Nation Blogger Scholar Program

The annual Netroots Nation Convention, entering its fourth year now, is a unique gathering of bloggers, activists, issue campaigns, and more. This year, America’s Voice will send 8 immigration bloggers to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the convention, with the help of the Netroots Nation planning committee. Apply today!

Fight the Nastiness- Contact Your Senator Now

Senator Sessions and his anti-immigrant cronies are ready to do anything to keep Congress from considering real, comprehensive immigration reform. Hardline immigration-restrictionist Senators introduced nasty amendments to the DHS Appropriations Act this week, and they passed. This means more empty rhetoric on immigration and less of the real, bipartisan solutions we need. Raise your voice!

Immigration Meeting at White House: Raise Your Voice

President Obama had a very productive meeting on immigration this week with select Members of Congress. This is a big step toward passing real, comprehensive immigration reform. Please send a message to Congress in support of reform – our representatives in Washington need to hear from you!

Tell Brisenia’s Story

A month ago, anti-immigrant activists brutally shot and killed nine-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father. Please learn more on this page and then help us spread the word by sending an email to 10 of your friends and family. We cannot afford to stand silent in the face of extremism like this.

Demand Justice for Luis Remirez: Sign the Petition!

Last year, a group of teenagers brutally murdered Luis Ramirez. Just last week an all-white jury found three of the teens “not guilty” of the serious charges of third-degree murder and ethnic intimidation, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Please sign the petition to the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney General to prosecute Luis’s murder as a federal Hate Crime — ask that justice is served.

Immigration is Heating Up – Tell Congress YES to Reform

This Friday, May 1st, thousands around the country called on Congress to do the right thing on immigration — and to improve the treatment of all workers. Whether or not you hit the street on May 1st, don’t miss the virtual march for immigration reform this week. Together we can show Congress that there is a growing movement that stands with the President to pass real immigration reform!

Immigration Reform This Year – Send a Fax

President Obama just stood up for real immigration reform in an article on the front page of the New York Times! We need as many voices as possible thanking President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid for their leadership on immigration reform. Please send a fax, and ask your friends and family members to send their own notes to Washington! 

Stand up for Families During Easter Recess

family video With our Representatives in Washington home for Easter Recess, people of moral conscience from coast to coast are joining together to voice their concerns. Watch a video about the new movement by people of faith and write a letter to Congress asking for just, humane, and comprehensive immigration reform this year! 

Just Ask Joe: Sign the Letter to Congress

sheriffjoe You raised your voice against Sheriff Arpaio’s abuses – and Washington heard it. Now, Congress is holding a hearing to investigate the tactics of others like Arpaio. We want to make sure Members of Congress ask hard-hitting questions–and we need your help to do that! 

Support the Dream Act- Send a Fax!

dream act Each year about 65,000 U.S.-raised students, who would qualify for a status-adjustment under the DREAM Act, graduate from high school with zero prospects for the future. They live in constant fear that they or their families will be deported, and they are not allowed to give back to the country they call home. Support the Dream Act, a critical piece of real immigration reform that would change this. 

Thank the Speaker: Raids are Un-American!

Speaker Pelosi Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has come out strongly for immigration reform and against raids. Speaking at a church in her hometown, she argued that knocking down doors in the middle of the night to tear mothers from their children is “un-American.”

Vote for the Top Anti-Immigrant Wolf

wolf video The “Nativist Lobby” is stuck on the same, broken, blame-the-immigrants record. We’ve taken the Southern Poverty Law Center’s new report exposing FAIR, Numbers USA, and the Center for Immigration Studies, and built a site where you can vote on the worst of what these “anti-immigrant wolves in sheep’s clothing” have said– check it out! 

Sign a Petition: Investigate Sheriff Arpaiosheriff joe attention

With over 2,700 lawsuits against him, a history of virulently anti-immigrant and anti-Latino tactics, and 40,000 felony warrants outstanding in his jurisdiction, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has fostered a climate in which real criminals roam free while hard-working immigrants live in fear. America’s Voice is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to begin a federal investigation into his tactics, giving Sheriff Arpaio the attention he really deserves.

Share Your Story

It is central to America’s Voice to tell the stories of the millions of hard-working immigrants trying to make lives for themselves in the United States. We’re eager to hear yours.

Send a Letter to the Editor

Writing a letter to the editor is a great way to make your voice heard. A well developed letter with one unified message is most powerful. Readers really do pay attention to Letters to the Editor, because they get to see their neighbors and friends writing in and are curious about where they stand. Policy makers also read them to gauge the views of their constituents.

Write to Congress

Our federal immigration system is broken, and Congress must step up to address the problem. Write your Representative and Senators and urge them to pursue comprehensive, common sense immigration reform. Tell them you support comprehensive immigration reform today.

Write to Your State Legislators

Your state legislators are in a powerful position to step up where Congress has fallen behind, by enacting common sense measures to integrate our communities and opposing counter-productive, over-aggressive policies. Urge your state legislators to support state and local proposals that help immigrants integrate into our communities, and oppose counter-productive approaches that take us further off track.

Tell Your Friends

Help spread the word about America’s Voice’s pursuit of real, comprehensive immigration reform by sending your friends and family an e-mail introducing them to us. We’ve made it easy to import your address book, and you should feel free to edit the actual message.

 

July 22, 2010

Win Big Test _JM

AMERICA’S VOICE SCRATCH CARD GIVEAWAY!


$300 gift card  $50 gift card  $25 gift card $25 gift card  $25 gift card No Win. Sorry!

 

This year, America’s Voice welcomes Netroots Nation participants to Vegas in style — with a chance to win big!  Not only can you win a $300 Best Buy gift certificate, you can also help us pass the DREAM Act  – legislation which would allow undocumented youth, who have lived in the United States for at least five years, graduated from high school, and are of good moral character, to earn their citizenship through two years of college or military service.

If you haven’t already, scratch the circle on your card to see if you’ve won! Each image represents a different prize, though a tomato means you haven’t won (sorry about that).

To claim your prize, contact Mahwish Khan, mkhan@americasvoiceonline.org, while you’re in Vegas. You can trade your scratch card in for a Best Buy gift card on us.

Enjoy the conference, and learn more about the DREAM Act here!

 

This summer, we are calling on Congress to pass a common sense piece of immigration reform called the DREAM Act, S. 729. It is a measure that would provide a path to citizenship for thousands of young people who are Americans in all but paperwork — provided they have shown good character and either attend college or serve in the military for two years. Sign the Petition to President Obama and Congress to pass the DREAM Act, now!

July 20, 2010

WinBig2

AMERICA’S VOICE SCRATCH CARD GIVEAWAY!


$300 gift card  $50 gift card  $25 gift card $25 gift card  $25 gift card No Win. Sorry!

 

This year, America’s Voice welcomes Netroots Nation participants to Vegas in style — with a chance to win big!  Not only can you win a $300 Best Buy gift certificate, you can also help us pass the DREAM Act  – legislation which would allow undocumented youth, who have lived in the United States for at least five years, graduated from high school, and are of good moral character, to earn their citizenship through two years of college or military service.

If you haven’t already, scratch the circle on your card to see if you’ve won! Each image represents a different prize, though a tomato means you haven’t won (sorry about that).

To claim your prize, contact Mahwish Khan, mkhan@americasvoiceonline.org, while you’re in Vegas. You can trade your scratch card in for a Best Buy gift card on us.

Enjoy the conference, and learn more about the DREAM Act here!

 

This summer, we are calling on Congress to pass a common sense piece of immigration reform called the DREAM Act, S. 729. It is a measure that would provide a path to citizenship for thousands of young people who are Americans in all but paperwork — provided they have shown good character and either attend college or serve in the military for two years. Sign the Petition to President Obama and Congress to pass the DREAM Act, now!

July 19, 2010

Win Big

 

AMERICA’S VOICE SCRATCH CARD GIVEAWAY!

This year, in the spirit of Vegas, America’s Voice customized our very own scratch cards to inform you and other Netroots Nation go-ers about the DREAM Act – legislation which would allow undocumented youth, who have lived in the United States for at least five years, graduated from high school, and are of good moral character, the chance to earn their citizenship through two years of college or military service.

We also did it because we thought it would be fun.

So if you haven’t already, scratch to see if you’ve won any of the following:

$300 gift card from BestBuy!

   
   
   
   

$300 gift card from BestBuy!

July 7, 2010

Netroots 2010

 

Our “Immigration Blogger Scholars” Have Arrived!

This year, America’s Voice is teaming up with Democracy for America (DFA), Netroots Nation 2010, and National Council of La Raza (NCLR) to send 20 grassroots immigration bloggers and advocates to Netroots Nation 2010, awarding them the opportunity to participate in four days of insightful panels, training sessions and networking opportunities, and the opportunity to share their unique perspectives on immigration with the larger progressive community.

The annual Netroots Nation Convention, entering its fifth year now, is a unique gathering of progressive bloggers, activists, issue campaigns, and candidates.

This year, America’s Voice is sending 10 immigration bloggers to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the convention.

America’s Voice is committed to supporting a vibrant and independent pro-migrant blogosphere and we believe it is critical for bloggers who write about immigration to be well-represented at Netroots Nation.

Interested to see who we picked? Read about them here!

Matias Ramos, well-known for his blogs at DreamActivist and Underground Undergrads, moved from LA to DC last year, to fight for legal status for himself and others. He enjoys writing, dancing, and engaging in productive debate.  I believe that I belong to a world-changing generation that has already changed the nature of politics in America, and will now set off to change America itself. My ongoing deportation case marks my style as a writer, as I do not fear going back to Argentina, but I do fear that an entire generation is currently silenced.”

“Edmundo “XicanoPwr” Rocha is the publisher and content producer of The XP Report (formally known as the Para Justicia Y Libertad), a Latino-centered political blog focusing on the humanistic perspective of politics, history, and society as they relate to the Latina/o community throughout Texas and the United States. He is an activist and freelance writer and have been honored with the Texas Progressive Alliance’s Silver Star Award for Para Justicia Y Libertad! He was also selected for the New Leaders Council’s 40 under 40 Awards Emerging Leaders Award. At the Netroots, he’ll be featured on the “Crimmigration Under Obama: Pushing Back Against the “Enforcement-only” Immigration Regime” panel.

Yahaira Carrillo is a 25 year old immigrant, queer and social justice activist. She’s currently a student at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, majoring in Spanish and minoring in French. Additionally, she serves as founder and coordinator for the Kansas & Missouri DREAM Alliance, which works to help undocumented youth in their transition from high school to college by connecting them to (networking as well as monetary) resources in the community. She’s also on the steering committee of the Human Rights Campaign – Kansas City as a Diversity and Faith Tri-Chair.”Through my work I wish to highlight intersectionalities and encourage cross-cultural discussion, as well as work towards solutions, regarding issues that affect minority communities

“I’m a latte-drinking, bike-riding, New York Times-reading, taco-loving, social justice do-gooder freak show…” is how Will Coley describes himself. Originally from North Carolina, now living in Los Angeles, Will has been an advocate and organizer with immigrants and refugees in a number of cities: Charlotte, New York/Newark, and Los Angeles, as well as in Zimbabwe and Great Britain. He’s worked for a number of organizations, and has designed social campaigns and digital storytelling that cultivate community and civic participation. Some of his current and recent gigs include Detention Watch Network (whose blog he manages), National Immigrant Bond Fund, the Opportunity Agenda, Welcoming America, Catholic Legal Immigration Network and Public Interest Projects. He’ll be participating in the following two panels at the conference:

Building a National Broadband Plan: How Activists in California are Bridging the Digital Divide for Racial Justice

Crimmigration Under  Obama: Pushing Back Against the “Enforcement-only” Immigration Regime

Adriana Maestas from Irvine, California, has always had an interest in politics since she first visited Washington, DC, in grade school. Since then, she has worked on over a dozen campaigns and has been blogging at her own site, LatinoPoliticsBlog.com for nearly three years. She has a BA in political science, an MA in public policy, and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in higher education. Adriana aspires to merge her higher education and political interests, her goal being “to bring thoughtful commentary and inspire others within the Latino/Hispanic political sphere.”

Dee from Lewisville, Texas, describes herself as “a Woman, Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Blogger.” Having worked in the business sector her entire life, she is now, as a retiree, passionate about blogging and manages one of her own: Immigration Talk with a Mexican American. Her mission is to help pass immigration reform, stop hate crimes and racial profiling, and help those here gain a path to legal status.
Karlo Marcelo from Chicago, Illinois, is a researcher-turned-communications professional and coalition builder. He has previously worked on the youth vote in 2006 and 2008 and supplied research and resources to partisan and non-partisan GOTV and voter registration campaigns.

Oscar Rosales Castaneda is an activist/writer/organizer based out of Seattle, Washington. He became involved in youth organizing at the university level and soon thereafter, used his knowledge to write about social justice issues. In fact, he gives his parents major credit for this as he notes that it was they who taught him the importance of working for social justice. He has contributed to the Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project, HistoryLink.org, and helped produce material for “El Comite” in Seattle, a social justice organization that traces its roots to the WTO Demonstration of 1999. His writings mostly center on labor history, social movements, immigrant rights and educational access, among other topics.

Prerna Lal, originally from Fiji, lives in the Bay Area. She is a Co-Founder and Online Coordinator of DreamActivist, a vibrant activist immigrant youth community online that has mobilized thousands to action. Her work and opinion has been featured in publications like the New York Times, US News, USA TODAY, SF Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, The Advocate and other alternative and ethnic media outlets. Having scored multiple victories using new media, Prerna also works part-time as an Immigrant Rights and Race in America blogger for Change.org.

Nezua, from Eugene, Oregon, is a video artist and published author who blogs regularly at The Unapologetic Mexican, though he might better describe his work like this: “I burn digital flowers and bang on virtual drums in the name of life, immigration, race in media, art, storytelling, and the history/philosophy/ethics/psychology involved in all of the above.”

When he’s not writing about immigration, he draws, paints, plays/composes/records music, and spends time with his daughters. He also enjoys freshly ground coffee from Guatemala – or thereabouts.

 

 

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