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On May 1st, 2008, at the height of the presidential campaigns, 30,000 people marched through Downtown Milwaukee with a clear message for the candidates: No stalling! Just and dignified immigration reform legislation must be a priority.
It is a message we have continued to make clear now that President Obama is in the White House.
Legislation needs to be fundamentally pro-worker and address not just the needs of immigrants, but also the need for fair trade, education and training opportunities for US low-wage workers.
Voces de la Frontera works hard with its allies to push for such legislation.
OUR TRADITION – Milwaukee leads the way
Immigrant mass mobilizations for change are now a strong Milwaukee tradition. Voces de la Frontera organized three mass marches in 2006, totalling over 125,00 participants.
On May 1, 2007, Voces held the second annual “A Day Without Latinos” where over 120 businesses closed and over 80,000 from around the state marched in Milwaukee – the largest ever march in Wisconsin and also the largest in the nation.
In 2008 and 2009, Voces continued its leading role in the national movement, again mobilizing the biggest May Day marches in the country.
In response to the President's announcement that he will again delay executive action on immigration, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, exective director of Voces de la Frontera, released the following:
"Today's news is a clear statement from Washington that once again, politics trumps the lives of people.
Six years ago, President Obama was elected on a pledge to pass immigration reform in the first 100 days of his term. Instead, his administration has squandered the opportunity to move a bill under a majority Democratic Congress.
They have chosen to continue the previous administration's "endgame" enforcement policies to build and expand a deportation machinery that has torn families apart, criminalized working class people whose labor we benefit from, and only served to benefit private prisons and private military contractors on the border.
Yet again the President asks the people for more time. Our families don't have that time - not when ICE's arbitrary quotas demand that 32,000 people be detained a day and 1,100 end up being deported daily.
The major lesson for our movement now is to overcome the cruel partisan gamesmanship that dominates our culture, and for the people most impacted to escalate our activity and voices on the ground.
That's how we defeated draconian legislation like Sensenbrenner's HR 4437 or Arizona-style criminalization laws, and secured meaningful victories like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
And that's why we'll mobilize harder than than ever to defend our communities, in the face of these cynical political calculations."
Milwaukee, WI - In response to the Republican principles for immigration reform released yesterday, below is a statement from Christine…
Foto: Voces de la FronteraEl 25 de enero, Voces de la Frontera celebró su Asamblea Anual - una reunión colectiva y democrática de nuestros miembros para determinar nuestra agenda anual. En esta reunión se planificó nuestros proyectos y prioridades para este año. A medida que el gobierno de Obama se acerca a los dos millones deportaciones, las familias inmigrantes se organizaron para defenderse de este año contra las redadas de inmigración locales, y para las campañas a nivel estatal y federal para lograr la legalización de los once millones de indocumentados en los EE.UU.. More Photos
2013 has been another incredible year of action & achievement here at Voces!On October 17th, we honor our supporters - the defenders of civil and labor rights who contribute to the important work that Voces de la Frontera carries out at the state and national level. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to step back and recognize our friends who have helped us get this far! Please join us at our People's Gala to celebrate our victories, and preview the year ahead. Tickets: $60 each for Voces members, $80 for non-members. Scholarships/sliding scale available for low-income supporters. Tickets are still available at the Voces office (1027 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee) or: Contact Elliott Magers at (414) 643-1620 ext 203 / firstname.lastname@example.org (If you cannot be there in person, PLEASE support our fundraising efforts by donating easily online.
Wisconsin DREAMers Celebrate Anniversary of “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)” & Kick Off Statewide Tour for Humane Immigration Reform
While Congress is in recess and the President is on vacation, 44,000 immigrant families will be torn apart through deportation. August 15th marks one year since President Obama implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a mandate through executive order that allows DREAMers the opportunity to come out of the shadows and be free from fear of deportation as well the ability to get a work permit and a driver’s license. Although DACA represents important progress, DREAMers and their parents need Congress to pass broad legalization with a path to citizenship this year. At a rally in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse, students, elected officials, business leaders, and immigration reform advocates celebrated the anniversary of DACA and launched a 12-city statewide tour for humane immigration reform during the August recess, titled "License to Dream: Strengthening Wisconsin Through Humane Immigration Reform". Click here to view photos. Tuesday Aug 20- Fond du Lac 833 S. Rolling Meadows Drive, 12 pm Wednesday Aug 21 - Green Bay DMV 942 Vanderperren Way, 12 pm Thursday Aug. 22 Wausau Wausau DMV, 5301 Rib Mountain Dr. 54401, 12 pm Friday Aug. 23- Eau Claire TBD Sunday Aug 25- Janesville 12:30 p.m. St. Patrick’s Church 315 Cherry Street, Janesville, WI / Reception to immediately follow in the Old 4th Ward Park 410 West Racine St. Wednesday Aug 28- Kenosha TBD Thursday Aug 29- Burlington TBD Saturday Sept. 7- Racine TBD
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