Speech by executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz, delivered on September 2nd at Milwaukee's Labor Day march & rally: "The fight for immigration reform is a fight about rights on the job. It is about eliminating the threat of retaliation for reporting abuse, stolen wages, and dangerous working conditions. It is about the right to organize with other workers to address these conditions."
“I'm writing this with a heavy heart. My husband is on an I.C.E hold currently being held in Dodge County. He is my husband of fourteen years and father to our four beautiful children. Our oldest is six and our youngest is only fifteen months."
Act 43, the state redistricting map, is rotten, and the process by which it passed is rotten. Voces de la Frontera filed a lawsuit against Act 43 on behalf of Latino voters whose civil rights have been violated.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Voces de la Frontera. Now the largest Latino organization in the state, we opened our doors in November 2001.
On August 18th the Obama Administration annonced a new policy regarding deportations which many people should be informed of to avoid scams or fraud.
It is important that Latinos who live in key senate districts participate in these recall elections.
This month Milwaukee's Common Council passed a new map of Milwaukee that redraws the city's political lines to reflect the significant growth of the Latino community...
I want to thank ... each and every one of you that came today - to send a message to Governor Walker and the nation - that working families of all backgrounds - regardless of whether or not you have papers, regardless of what shade the color of your skin is, or what language you speak - stand united in defense of the American Dream!
Governor Walker’s illegitimate law that denies public employees the right to organize and his budget are an attack on the American Dream, the belief that freedom includes the promise of prosperity regardless of social class or circumstance.
As we welcome in a new year of action and resistance, Voces de la Frontera and our allies will keep fighting to ensure that the dreams of the wealthy do not take priority over the dreams of students and families during these hard economic times.
Latino voters in Wisconsin turned out for the November 2nd election at the same historically high levels as 2006. They were motivated by opposition to anti-immigrant politics and the threat of Arizona type laws that legalize racial profiling against Latinos, including US citizens.
The next weeks ahead will be critical. We have politicians in Wisconsin running on a political platform that embraces the politics of hatred, racism, and xenophobia.
We are in an election year. On September 14th Wisconsin voters will go to the ballot box to choose which candidates they want for the political party of their choice. The candidates who win the most votes of their party will square off with the finalists of opposing political parties at the final, General Election on November 2nd.
If the President does indeed want to re-establish the trust that Latino voters placed in him and the Democratic majority they helped elect in 2006 and 2008 then the President must address the state sponsored terror his own Administration has continued to perpetuate-indeed escalate .
Voces de la Frontera is starting a campaign to document violations of civil Rights; for example fourth amendment constitutional violations which protect all people against unreasonable searches and seizures by government agents without reasonable cause or legal authority.
We are gathered here today, as we did back in May 1 2006, to answer the call; to send a message of solidarity and humanity against the forces of hatred and bigotry.
Christine Neumann-Ortiz outlines the next steps.
Since the beginning of 2010, the spirit of the Latino community in the struggle to achieve recognition of their rights as human beings and immigration reform, drivers’ licenses, and access to higher education has been impressive.
Around 230 people attended the annual meeting of Voces de la Frontera on Saturday, December 5th in South Division high school in Milwaukee. They came from Racine, Whitewater, Madison, Kenosha, Green Bay, Lake Geneva and other parts of the state to participate in an important dialogue on the future of the pro-immigrant rights movement.
There is a window of opportunity to win legalization by 2010 if we organize forcefully over the next 3 months to ensure that immigration reform becomes a national priority to the Administration. An excellent opportunity will be November 18. On Wednesday, November 18, the national campaign, Reform Immigration for America, will sponsor a national conversation with the Democratic Congressman from Illinois, Luis Gutierrez, regarding immigration reform.
In more than 26 cities across the United States mobilizations are being held as part of a National Week of Action for immigration reform to deliver a message to President Obama to keep his promise to end enforcement only measures and pass humane immigration reform.
Voces de la Frontera has organized an annual mass march on May 1st since 2006 when Wisconsin’s Congressman Sensenbrenner sparked the modern immigrant rights movement.
President Obama has stated that immigration reform is a priority but will have to wait till 2010 after health care, energy, and financial regulation bills were passed. This is a reversal of his campaign promise to pass immigration reform in 2009...
When Governor Doyle signed the State budget for 2009-2010 on June 29, Wisconsin became the 11th state in the nation to provide in-state tuition rates for undocumented students.
The fight for access to drivers’ licenses and in-state tuition for immigrants has made important progress.
Milwaukee demonstrated once again a tremendous expression of solidarity - despite false rumors that the march had been cancelled, fear over swine flu, a bad economy and threatening weather.
We are marching once again on May 1st, making important progress in our efforts to recover the right to a drivers’ license, education rights for immigrant youth, an end to raids and broad legalization reform. But we need the same level of commitment demonstrated across the nation in 2006 to concretize our progress.
While every day more people are losing their jobs and homes, we hear about Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) whose companies were responsible for creating the economic crisis, using bailout money to go to spas and give themselves exorbitant bonuses...
Despite Obama saying that he must be measured by what he can accomplish in the first 1,000 days, the first 100 Days are a critical period.
On September 17, 2008, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of Voces de la Frontera and the workers of Ashley Furniture in Arcadia, Wisconsin.
Groups will call for just legalization and an immediate stop to the raids at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Even though we don’t represent the majority, the Latino vote is the key to determining who the next president will be. That is because it is concentrated in states where the voting difference is low between the two parties.
Milwaukee, for the second year in a row, had the biggest march of the country.
This May 1 2008 is another historic day as people in more than 200 cities march in the streets demanding justice and dignity.
We are counting on everyone who participated in the previous marches, and more, to send another strong message to the world...
Policies encouraging local police to act as immigration agents foster racism and division and damage community safety
If you are an eligible voter, vote for those who can't. Vote for yourself and your family. Vote for your community.
The greatest threat to the movement does not come from the government...
The Bush Administration is facing a growing opposition by states against the implementation of REAL ID.
After the historic events of 2006-2007, many people are asking what is the future for fair legalization after Congress failed to pass new legislation?
Social Security 'No Match' letters will affect 8 million workers nationally.
The importance of a more informed citizenry at the polls is underlined by recent efforts to dupe voters in the Fall elections.
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