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Toolkit: No 287g in Wisconsin!

Posted on Nov 21st, 2017

287g is a discriminatory program that turns local law enforcement into Immigration agents, with the power to investigate immigration status and…

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Following Community Outcry, Federal Government Rejects Milwaukee County’s 287g Application

Posted on Nov 14th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 14th, 2017     The Trump Administration approved 287g applications from Waukesha…

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Bus information for November 5th & Toolkit to Stop 287g in Wisconsin

Posted on Oct 30th, 2017

Haga clic aquí para leer en español.  Walker: Keep Immigrant Families Together! Scott Walker must oppose 287g & the anti-immigrant…

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Waukesha Sheriff Severson Goes Back on his Word, Secretly Asks Trump for 287g Authorization

Posted on Oct 25th, 2017

WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN - Today it was revealed that Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson formally requested 287g authorization for his deputies in…

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Senate Hearing on the Anti-Immigrant Bill AB190!

Posted on Oct 10th, 2017

ESPAÑOL ABAJO Senate Committee Hearing on the Anti-Immigrant Bill AB190/SB275. Thursday, October 12th, 9:30am at the State Capitol…

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You’re invited to Voces de la Frontera’s 2017 Masquerade Gala!

Posted on Oct 6th, 2017

You're invited to Voces de la Frontera's 2017  Masquerade Gala!      Date and Time: Friday, October 27th, doors…

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September 27th — the People’s Hearing Against AB190

Posted on Sep 21st, 2017

ESPAÑOL ABAJO People's Hearing: Got Milk? Not Without Immigrants, Stop AB190! Wednesday, September 27th, 10:30am at the State Capitol in Madison.…

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Paul Ryan Must Allow a Vote on a Clean Dream Act

Posted on Sep 6th, 2017

RACINE, WISCONSIN — Following a meeting with House Republicans Wednesday, US House Speaker Paul Ryan implied that he would not allow a vote on a…

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Hundreds March to Demand Paul Ryan Protect Immigrant Youth & Families

Posted on Sep 6th, 2017

Hundreds March to Demand Paul Ryan Protect Immigrant Youth & Families Marchers reject moves to combine relief with bigoted border wall Photos…

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Under Massive Pressure, Sheriff Clarke Resigns

Posted on Aug 31st, 2017

Under Massive Community Pressure, Sheriff Clarke Resigns   MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has resigned. Sheriff…

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Defend DACA Toolkit

Posted on Aug 30th, 2017

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA LEER EN ESPAÑOL Trump is threatening to take away DACA protections for immigrant youth. Wisconsin DACA recipient…

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Herramientas para defender DACA

Posted on Aug 30th, 2017

CLICK HERE TO READ IN ENGLISH Trump está amenazando a quitar las protecciones de DACA para los jóvenes inmigrantes. Recipientes de DACA del…

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Immigrant Families & Supporters Urge Gov. Walker & GOP to Stop AB190

Posted on Jun 28th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman | sfreeman@vdlf.org |…

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Sylville Smith’s Life Matters

Posted on Jun 22nd, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 | ESPAÑOL ABAJO Voces de la Frontera Condemns Acquittal of Milwaukee Police Officer in…

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After Grassroots Outcry, DHS Rejects Sheriff Clarke

Posted on Jun 17th, 2017

                  MILWAUKEE - On Saturday, the Washington Post…

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Voces de la Frontera Joins U.S. Delegation to World Migrant Rights Conference

Posted on Jun 15th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  | Thursday, June 15th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman | sfreeman@vdlf.org |…

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“¡Feliz Ramadán!” Latinos y Musulmanes cenan juntos en solidaridad

Posted on Jun 15th, 2017

El día de ayer se llevó acabo el "Feliz Ramadán", un evento en el que cientos de latinos y musulmanes se unieron en solidaridad para cenar y…

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Open Letter to Governor Walker: Here is the Kind of Sheriff Milwaukee Needs

Posted on Jun 14th, 2017

June 14, 2017 Dear Governor Walker, As the citizens of Milwaukee County wait to see if President Trump will appoint Sheriff David Clarke to a…

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Threats and a Suspicious Video: Greendale Police Silence Citizen Complaint

Posted on Jun 6th, 2017

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman | sfreeman@vdlf.org |…

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Wisconsin Republicans Introduce Discriminatory, Anti-Immigrant Bill in the Senate

Posted on May 26th, 2017

Friday, May 26th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   SB275 is the companion…

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No Hate in Our State! Toolkit to Stop AB190/SB275!

Posted on May 19th, 2017

    Here you will find everything you need to tell your legislators to stop the discriminatory anti-immigrant bill AB190/SB275 and…

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Join Voces on May 23rd at the Fight for $15 March on McDonald’s!

Posted on May 18th, 2017

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Sheriff Clarke Is Unfit for any Office

Posted on May 17th, 2017

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ESPAÑOL…

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The 16 best signs from Wisconsin’s May 1st Day without Latinxs, Immigrants & Refugees to Resist Trump & Sheriff Clarke

Posted on May 3rd, 2017

On May Day — International Workers Day — Milwaukee joined immigrant and worker rights organizations in hundreds of cities nationwide to resist…

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30K+ March and Strike in Milwaukee to Resist Trump and Sheriff Clarke

Posted on May 1st, 2017

Monday, May 1st, 2017 | Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   30K+ March and Strike…

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MONDAY: Wisconsin Day without Latinxs & Immigrants Demands Gov. Walker Remove Sheriff Clarke; Statewide March in Milwaukee

Posted on Apr 28th, 2017

Friday, April 28th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     MONDAY:…

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Voces de la Frontera Responds to Sheriff Clarke’s Latest Tantrum

Posted on Apr 24th, 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ESPAÑOL…

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Voces de la Frontera Responds to Sheriff Clarke’s Latest Tantrum

Posted on Apr 24th, 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Voces de…

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Trump Administration Issues Unconstitutional Threat to Milwaukee County Over Pro-Immigrant Stance

Posted on Apr 21st, 2017

​Friday, April 21st, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ESPAÑOL ABAJO Trump…

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Organizing Toolkit for May Day 2017 / Herramientas para Organizar el 1ro de mayo de 2017

Posted on Apr 12th, 2017

Letter for employers in English / Carta para empleadores en inglés Letter for employers in Spanish / Carta para empleadores en…

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4 facts about the Spiros Bill (AB 190)

Posted on Apr 4th, 2017

EN ESPAÑOL: http://vdlf.org/es/4-hechos-sobre-el-proyecto-de-ley-spiros-2/ AB 190, the Spiros Bill - A bill to have public employees and local…

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Sheboygan Shuts Down Hate Resolution (with photos)

Posted on Mar 21st, 2017

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | ESPAÑOL ABAJO Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman | 414.469.9206 |…

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By Signing Up for 287g, Sheriff Clarke has Signed His Resignation

Posted on Mar 8th, 2017

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman | sfreeman@vdlf.org | 414.469.9206 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ESPAÑOL…

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Wisconsin Republicans Reintroduce Anti-Immigrant Legislation that Sparked Uprising

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2017

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ESPAÑOL ABAJO Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman | sfreeman@vdlf.org |…

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Voces de la Frontera Responds to Disgraceful State Supreme Court Ruling on Clarke Suit

Posted on Feb 24th, 2017

February 24, 2017 ESPAÑOL ABAJO Voces de la Frontera Responds to Disgraceful State Supreme Court Ruling on Clarke Suit MILWAUKEE, WI - This…

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Following Today’s Day Without Immigrants, the Movement must Escalate to a General Strike on May 1st

Posted on Feb 16th, 2017

Thursday, February 16th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Following Today's Day…

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Voces de la Frontera Responds to Sheriff Clarke

Posted on Feb 15th, 2017

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Voces de la Frontera…

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With Immigrants’ General Strike to Stop Rogue Sheriff, Wisconsin Escalates the Resistance to Trump

Posted on Feb 13th, 2017

Monday, February 13th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE With Immigrants'…

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Monday will be a Day Without Latinxs, Immigrants, & Refugees in Wisconsin

Posted on Feb 12th, 2017

Friday, February 10th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Monday…

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Información logística para el 13 de febrero / Logistics for February 13th

Posted on Feb 7th, 2017

ENGLISH BELOW Carta para empleadores en ingles / Letter for employers in English Carta para empleadores en español / Letter for employers in…

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Herramientas para organizar el 13 de febrero / Organizing Toolkit for February 13th

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2017

Carta para empleadores en ingles / Letter for employers in English Carta para empleadores en español / Letter for employers in Spanish Permiso…

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Urge Your County Supervisor to Support the Pro-Immigrant, Anti-Hate Resolution!

Posted on Jan 30th, 2017

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In Face of Trump’s Attacks, Milwaukee County Declares Support for Immigrants & Refugees

Posted on Jan 26th, 2017

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ESPAÑOL ABAJO     ICYMI: In Face of Trump's Attacks, Milwaukee County Declares Support for Immigrants & Refugees   As Trump bars all refugees, walls off the country, and builds a deportation force, Milwaukee County pro-immigrant, anti-discrimination resolution advances   MILWAUKEE, WI – On Wednesday, a resolution declaring opposition to discrimination and support for immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ people, women, Muslims, African-Americans, Latinxs and others advanced through the Health and Human Needs Committee of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. Over 100 community members attended the vote, with 82 registering and speaking in favor of the resolution. Those present came from Voces de la Frontera, NAACP Milwaukee, Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, and different Muslim, Jewish, and Christian congregations. The resolution will be voted on by the full Milwaukee County Board next Thursday, February 2nd. In its final form, the resolution is expected to instruct Milwakee County Sheriff David Clarke to not enroll his department in the controversial 287g program, which would deputize local law enforcement as ICE agents. The resolution also will declare that ICE agents should not enter courthouses and that Sheriff Clarke should not turn people over to ICE absent a judge's order. The resolution will also declare the County's intent to create a legal defense fund to support immigrants in deportation cases that highlight any constitutional or civil rights violations of Milwaukee County residents. The resolution passed the same day that Donald Trump signed Executive Orders seeking to bar all refugees for 120 days, ban Muslim refugees from certain majority Muslim countries including Syria, build a wall along the Mexico-US border, expand the controversial 287g program, defund cities whose police do not collaborate in deportations, hire thousands more Border Patrol agents, and build more detention centers for immigrants and asylum-seekers. "Trump's attacks are unconstitional, immoral, and racist," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera. "The order to build a border wall is wasteful and intended to promote prejudice. Net migration from Mexico to the US has been 0 since 2012. The US side of the border has the lowest crime rates in the country. At a time when we need to invest our public dollars in job creation, health care, and our nation's infrastructure to guarantee safe drinking water, upgrade schools and repair roads, building a wall is a gross misuse of public dollars. This is also true of the order to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents. ICE and the Border Patrol combined receive more funding than any other law enforcement agency. We need to ensure that the Border Patrol respects the rights of asylum-seekers, honors indigenous sovereignty on federal land, and is held accountable for excessive force and racial profiling." "The 287g program has been discredited because it has led to increased racial profiling, violations of people's consitutional rights, and increased fear of law enforcement, undermining public safety. Counties that have adopted the program in the past have spent millions defending themselves in litigation." "Local government must lead the way in challenging this hate-mongering and affirm the values and policies that treat all people with respect and dignity. Our cities and counties should not allow themselves to be bullied, and on the contrary should champion the positive contributions of all residents and strengthen civil and constitutional protections. We are proud that today Milwaukee County recognized the vital contributions of immigrants and other members of our diverse community. Voces de la Frontera is committed to organizing to defend DACA, keep 287g out, and keep our families together.  We are committed to working in coalition with other communities targeted by Trump to stop the scape-goating and fear-mongering and create solutions that will help all families thrive."   jueves, 26 de enero de 2017 Contacto: Samuel Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org PARA DISTRIBUCIÓN INMEDIATA     ICYMI: Frente a los Ataques de Trump, el Condado de Milwaukee Declara Apoyo para los Inmigrantes y Refugiados     El mismo día que Trump prohibió a todos los refugiados, construye un muro y forma una fuerza de deportación, el condado de Milwaukee avanzó una resolución legal pro inmigrante y anti discriminación     MILWAUKEE, WI - El miércoles, una resolución en la que se declaró la oposición a la discriminación y el apoyo a inmigrantes y refugiados, personas LGBTQ, mujeres, musulmanes, afroamericanxs, latinxs y otros avanzó a través del Comité de Salud y Necesidades Humanas del Consejo de Supervisores del Condado de Milwaukee. Más de 100 miembros de la comunidad asistieron a la votación, con 82 registrándose y hablando a favor de la resolución. Los presentes vinieron de Voces de la Frontera, NAACP Milwaukee, Centro Comunitario LGBT de Milwaukee, y diferentes congregaciones musulmanas, judías y cristianas.   La resolución será votada por el Consejo del Condado de Milwaukee el próximo jueves, 2 de febrero. En la redacción final, se espera que la resolución instruya al Sheriff David Clarke del condado de Milwaukee, para que no inscriba a su departamento en el programa controversial 287g, el cual delegaría a las autoridades locales como agentes de ICE. La resolución también declarará que los agentes de ICE no deben entrar en los tribunales y que el sheriff Clarke no debe entregar a la gente a ICE sin la orden de un juez. La resolución también declarará la intención del Condado de crear un fondo de defensa legal para apoyar a los inmigrantes en casos de deportación que destaquen cualquier violación de derechos civiles o constitucionales de los residentes del Condado de Milwaukee.   La resolución pasó el mismo día en que Donald Trump firmó las órdenes ejecutivas que buscan prohibir a todos los refugiados por 120 días, prohibir a los refugiados musulmanes de ciertos países musulmanes como Siria, construir un muro a lo largo de la frontera México-Estados Unidos, ampliar el polémico programa 287g, quitar fondos federales de ciudades cuyos policías que no colaboran en las deportaciones, contratar miles de agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza, y construir más centros de detención para inmigrantes y solicitantes de asilo. "Los ataques de Trump son inconstitucionales, inmorales y racistas", dijo Christine Neumann-Ortiz de Voces de la Frontera. "La orden de construir un muro en la frontera gastará bastante dinero y tiene la intención de promover los prejuicios. La migración neta de México a los EE.UU. ha sido 0 desde 2012. El lado estadounidense de la frontera tiene los índices de criminalidad más bajos en el país. En un tiempo en que debemos estar invirtiendo en la creación de empleos, el cuidado de salud y la infraestructura de nuestro país para garantizar el agua potable y seguro, mejorar las escuelas y reparar caminos, construir un muro es un gasto extremo del dinero público. Esto también es verdad de la decisión de contratar 5000 agentes más para la Patrulla Fronteriza. La Patrulla Fronteriza y ICE juntos reciben más fondos que cualquier otra agencia policiaca federal. Al contrario debemos garantizar que la Patrulla Fronteriza respete a los derechos de los solicitantes de asilo, honre la soberanía indígena en tierras federales y que haya consecuencias cuando actúan con la fuerza excesiva o si son culpados del perfil racial”. "El programa 287g ha sido desacreditado porque ha causado más perfil racial, violaciones de los derechos constitucionales y un aumento del temor de la policía, socavando la seguridad pública. Los condados que han adoptado el programa en el pasado han gastado millones defendiéndose en litigios”. "Gobiernos locales deben ser líderes en el desafío de este odio y afirmar los valores y las políticas que tratan a todas las personas con respeto y dignidad. Nuestras ciudades y condados no deben permitirse ser intimidados, y al contrario deben defender las contribuciones positivas de todxs los residentes y fortalecer las protecciones civiles y constitucionales. Estamos orgullosos de que hoy en día el condado de Milwaukee reconoce las contribuciones vitales de los inmigrantes y otros miembros de nuestra comunidad diversa. Voces de la Frontera está comprometido a organizar para defender DACA, mantener 287g afuera de nuestra comunidad y mantener a nuestras familias unidas. Estamos comprometidos a trabajar en coalición con otras comunidades atacadas por Trump para detener la división y el temor y crear soluciones que ayudarán a todas las familias a prosperar". ###

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January 14th Organizing Toolkit / Herramientas para organizar para el 14 de enero

Posted on Jan 11th, 2017

INAUGURATION OF THE RESISTANCE: Statewide March for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - ENGLISH BELOW   INAUGURACIÓN DE LA RESISTENCIA: Marcha…

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Voces de la Frontera Pledges Resistance following Trump’s Deportation Threats & Extremist Appointments

Posted on Nov 14th, 2016

Voces de la Frontera Pledges Resistance following Trump's Deportation Threats & Extremist Appointments  At Wisconsin mass meetings, hundreds of…

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Trump’s Election Means Our Relentless Defense 

Posted on Nov 10th, 2016

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 ESPAÑOL ABAJO MILWAUKEE, WI — Following last night's election of Donald Trump as President, Voces de la…

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Voces on Milwaukee Unrest: Solidarity with Sherman Park

Posted on Aug 16th, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 ESPAÑOL AQUÍ MILWAUKEE -- In response to the civil unrest in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood following the…

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Voces de la Frontera Condemns State Violence Against Teachers in Oaxaca

Posted on Jun 24th, 2016

Voces de la Frontera Condemns State Violence Against Teachers in Oaxaca Milwaukee - Voces de la Frontera issued the following statement in support…

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Supreme Court Blocks DAPA and DACA+, Community Vows to Keep Fighting / Corte Suprema mantiene el bloqueo en DAPA y DACA+

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2016

US Supreme Court Deadlocks on DAPA & DACA+, Community Vows to Keep Fighting June 23, 2016   MILWAUKEE - Today, the US Supreme Court…

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Immigrant Community Responds to Wisconsin ICE Raids

Posted on Jun 17th, 2016

Immigrant Community Responds to Wisconsin ICE Raids MILWAUKEE – Today Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced they had arrested 39…

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Love and Solidarity with the LGBT Community / Amor y solidaridad con la comunidad LGBT

Posted on Jun 13th, 2016

  Love and Solidarity with the LGBT Community MILWAUKEE -- Following the horrific massacre of 49 people – many Latinx – at a gay bar in…

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Gov. Walker Signs Anti-Immigrant Bill SB533

Posted on Apr 25th, 2016

Monday, April 25th, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ESPAÑOL ABAJO Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org Gov. Walker…

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Appeals Court Orders Milwaukee Sheriff to Reveal Information about Deportation Collaboration

Posted on Apr 12th, 2016

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 ESPAÑOL ABAJO Contact:  Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206, sfreeman@vdlf.org Appeals Court Orders…

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Victory! “Anti-Sanctuary” Bill Defeated, Wisconsin Immigrant Communities Call on Gov. Walker to Veto Anti-ID Card Bill

Posted on Mar 16th, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ESPAÑOL ABAJO Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, Voces de la Frontera, 414-469-9206,…

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Job Opportunities at Voces / Oportunidades de trabajo en Voces

Posted on Feb 25th, 2016

Madison organizer Job Description Lead Youth Organizer Job Description 2015 (1) If you are interested in volunteering with the organization,…

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NEXT STEPS / PRÓXIMOS PASOS EN LUCHA

Posted on Feb 19th, 2016

ESPAÑOL ABAJO Click on this link to sign online petition to stop AB 450 and SB 533. http://bit.ly/noab450sb533 Call Governor Walker at (608)…

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HOY ES UN DÍA SIN LATINOS E INMIGRANTES EN WISCONSIN / TODAY IS A DAY WITHOUT LATINOS AND

Posted on Feb 18th, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ESPAÑOL ABAJO Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, Voces de la Frontera, 414-469-9206,…

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ALERT: Wisconsin Republicans to Hold Hearing on Anti-Immigrant Bill Tuesday

Posted on Dec 14th, 2015

ALERT: Wisconsin Republicans to Hold Hearing on Anti-Immigrant Bill Tuesday Inspired by Donald Trump, Republicans are pushing forward a bill to…

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Governor Walker Stokes the Flames of Hatred for Refugees

Posted on Nov 17th, 2015

Governor Walker Stokes the Flames of Hatred for Refugees  In the Middle East as in Central America, we must accept refugees forced to move by…

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Join us for the 2015 “Día de Muertos” Gala with Congressman Luis Gutiérrez!

Posted on Aug 19th, 2015

JOIN US FOR THIS YEAR'S GALA!  HONOR THE DEAD AND FIGHT FOR THE LIVING   YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER U.S. CONGRESSMAN LUIS…

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IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY MEMBERS RESPOND TO ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF

Posted on Nov 21st, 2014

MILWAUKEE – In response to President Obama's November 20th announcement that the White House will take executive action on immigration, Voces de la Frontera released the following statement:  “We welcome this historic step towards equality that comes as a result of the tireless efforts of community members,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. “We know that millions of people will not be protected by this executive relief.  Our movement will build on this victory to keep fighting to stop deportations until all people in this country are treated equally.” “I have been in this movement for many years, and though I am one of those who will not benefit, I am not defeated,” said long-time Voces member Guadalupe Romero, who has lived here since 1990. Although Ms. Romero’s grandchildren are U.S. citizens, she will not qualify because her children are Dreamers. “I will continue to fight for myself and all the people excluded from this relief.”  

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White House Immigration Relief Delay: Politics Over People

Posted on Sep 6th, 2014

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."

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In Solidarity With Rasmea Odeh

Posted on Aug 4th, 2014

The Board of Directors of Voces de la Frontera passed a resolution in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian-American activist, educator, and community organizer who is currently being tried by an immigration court through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for immigration fraud.  DHS is seeking to strip her of her citizenship and deport her to the Israeli government.

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Voces/NAACP Statement On Supreme Court Voter ID Decision

Posted on Jul 31st, 2014

In response to today's Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling, this joint statement was released by Voces de la Frontera and the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP:
 
"Today the majority of the State Supreme Court has betrayed their duty to protect the constitutional right to vote for Wisconsin's most vulnerable citizens.  It has been said many times that this is a most fundamental right, a sacred right, guaranteed and protected by not only the 14th and 15th Amendments to the US Constitution, but also by Article 3, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution.
 
We all know the reasons to enact this law, given by its proponents, do not hold water.  We are grateful and comforted by the fact that Judge Adelman found this ugly tactic of voter suppression to be unconstitutional in the federal case, and that decision must be cherished.
 
Today's decision veers from the Wisconsin tradition of protecting voting rights, and it is a clear case of defending a law that is designed to suppress the rights of hundreds of thousands of minority and low-income voters, elderly and disabled persons and students.  
 

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Statement: President Obama Has No Reason To Delay Executive Action

Posted on Jun 30th, 2014

In reaction to President Obama's June 30th immigration comments, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera, issued the following statement:
"Today for the first time, the President promised to act independently of a failed Congress to modernize our immigration policies through executive action.  He has no reason to wait, and every day that he does means increased suffering for immigrant communities.  By the end of the summer, when the President has implied that he will consider action, another 66,000 families will have been separated.  
 
Months ago, Voces de la Frontera and other advocates submitted a broad set of specific policy change proposals to the Department of Homeland Security, as formal recommendations to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.  
 
One of those recommendations, which could be implemented in under 30 days, is for the federal immigration agents to stop arresting people at courthouses, and for the administration to deem courthouses a "sensitive location", along with churches and schools. These raids are occurring when individuals are simply trying to do their civic duty, jeopardizing the hopes of people to legalize, and undermining public safety by creating fear and distrust of law enforcement.
In Wisconsin, a coalition of elected officials, organizations, and families have supported this call. In May, US Congresswoman Gwen Moore spearheaded a letter requesting that courthouses be off limits to ICE, which 59 Members of Congress signed.  During Congressional hearings, Sec. Johnson agreed with this recommendation.  
 
Given the President's comments today, there is no reason that this recommendation shouldn't be at the top of the administration's to-do list."
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As President Obama Announces Delay of Immigration Relief, Impact Hits Milwaukee

Posted on May 28th, 2014

ICEraid1 Milwaukee families call for the release of  loved ones at the local ICE office. (Joe Brusky Photography) Contact: Joe Shansky, Voces de la Frontera 414.795.3380, joe@vdlf.org

Dozens of local families separated as ICE raids sweep the city 

On Tuesday May 27th dozens of Milwaukeeans were taken from their homes and workplaces by local law enforcement, working in conjunction with Immigration Customs & Enforcement (ICE) officials. 
"No family should have to endure this kind of harassment, " says Silvia Juarez, whose cousin Epigmenio Martinez-Ruiz is now at the Dodge County detention center.
Epigmenio has no criminal record and a US citizen daughter, eight year old Tatiana.  He came to the US before 2001, and has been working throughout the past decade as a foundry worker in Milwaukee.  He attends mass at St. Anthony's church.
Voces de la Frontera is in the process of working with many of the families impacted yesterday to protect them from extended detention or deportation.
 
"We're tired of this invasion of our communities," says Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera.  "Every day our office sees families like those affected by yesterday's raids who are reeling from these attacks.  Often it's mothers and children left to fend for themselves after a male head of household is detained - and who in many cases are faced with homelessness.  Our families are in crisis, and we will fight to protect them."
The raids occurred just as news broke of President Obama asking his Homeland Security chief to postpone completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer.  The decision was made after a coalition of Washington DC advocacy groups requested the delay to allow for time for Congress to act first for legislative reform.
"The decision by the Obama administration to hold off on administrative relief is deplorable," says Neumann-Ortiz. "It's a complete capitulation to conservatives that have been blocking reform for years, and demonstrates a fundamental disconnect with the plight and suffering of immigrant families. There's no justification to delay on fixing a deportation machinery that is fueled by arbitrary quotas, xenophobia, and private prison profits. President Obama must act independently of the Congress to reform the very apparatus he helped institutionalize and grow."
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Senator Baldwin and Congresswoman Moore Demand End to Immigration Raids in Wisconsin Courthouses

Posted on May 2nd, 2014

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May Day March to Stop Deportations, Milwaukee 5.1.14  (Courtesy: Joe Brusky Photography)

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: "No one should fear going to a courthouse."

After thousands of May Day marchers rallied at the Milwaukee County Courthouse yesterday to condemn federal immigration detentions at local courts across the state and country, head legislators are calling for an end to the courthouse raids. "It is of the utmost importance that immigration enforcement is fair," said U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, who serves on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.  "Recent reports of targeting of individuals who are seeking relief or conducting their civic duty at courthouses are deeply troubling. No one should fear going to a courthouse – this is a human rights and public safety issue." Recently there has been new energy across the country to challenge the escalated practice of ICE agents of detaining people at local courthouses.  These raids are jeopardizing the hope of people to legalize, and undermining public safety by creating fear and distrust of law enforcement. "Let us make it clear to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that access to our courthouses is a fundamental right in our democratic society," stated US Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI). "No person should feel afraid to seek relief from our courts when they need help, and no one should be afraid to pay their parking ticket." In February 2014, twenty-two Wisconsin state representatives sent a letter to ICE, calling for an investigation into racial profiling and intimidation at local courthouses. "This is a national disgrace," says Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera. "ICE's outrageous recent decision, under the Obama administration, to not just continue but actually institutionalize raids in courthouses, should be condemned far and wide." In March of this year, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) met with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. "When we met with Secretary Johnson, the demand to add courts to the national sensitive locations memo was one of the reforms that President Obama could implement under 30 days," added Neumann-Ortiz. "Obviously it fell on deaf ears. We applaud Senator Baldwin and Congresswoman Moore for standing on the right side of history."  

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State Supreme Court Must Protect Voting Rights For All

Posted on Feb 25th, 2014

As the Wisconsin Supreme Court began hearing oral argument to the constitutionality of the Voter ID requirement in 2011 Wisconsin Act 23, Christine…

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As Obama Nears 2 Million Deportations, WI Reps Join Families Calling on ICE to Stay Out of County Courthouses

Posted on Feb 21st, 2014

(Click here to read the community letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Nearly 2 million people have been deported since Barack…

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GOP Immigration Principles Do Not Address Crisis of Family Separation

Posted on Jan 31st, 2014

Milwaukee, WI -  In response to the Republican principles for immigration reform released yesterday, below is a statement from Christine…

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Fifth Annual Racine Dr. King Day Celebration

Posted on Jan 31st, 2014

Fifth Annual Racine Dr. King Day Celebration  Contact: Joe Shansky (414) 795-3380 / joe@vdlf.org On January 20th, marked the fifth annual Racine Dr. King Day Celebration, organized by the students of Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES), the student arm of Voces de la Frontera. Berenice Beltran, senior at Horlick High School and leader with Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) quotes "As students, Dr. King Day is so important to us because it brings us all together to celebrate equality and social justice. We are so proud to celebrate our 5th annual event, continuing on the legacy of the students who won this day off 5 years ago so we could honor Dr. King."

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Immigrant Families Ramp Up Calls On the President for Executive Action

Posted on Jan 29th, 2014

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Voces members rallied outside of President Obama's recent Wisconsin visit calling on the President for executive action to stop deportations.
Milwaukee, WI -- In response to the 2014 State of the Union address, Voces executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz issued the following statement: "We applaud President Obama's proposed minimum wage hike in the fight against income inequality, and for economic justice for the working poor.  His action shows that President Obama can use executive orders such as that one to achieve victories for the people who elected him in the face of obstruction by the most unpopular Congress in history. We call on him to do the same with today's deportation crisis, and use his legal executive authority to provide real relief for America's immigrant families, who are being torn apart at historic levels since he took office campaigning on federal immigration reform.  

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Scott Walker Aide Tweets Aren’t As Offensive As His Own Anti-Immigrant Record

Posted on Dec 4th, 2013

Contact: Joe Shansky, Voces de la Frontera (414) 795-3380 / joe@vdlf.org In response to yesterday's firing of Scott Walker's deputy finance director Taylor Palmisano, Voces executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz issued the following statement: "While it's commendable that the Walker administration did the right thing by not allowing their representatives to get away with publicly disparaging and racist comments, those remarks pale in comparison to the devastating anti-immigrant agenda Scott Walker has assumed since taking office. 

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Outpost Natural Foods Pulls Controversial Palermo’s Pizza from Store Shelves, Adopts New “Vendor Code of Conduct”

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2013

boycottoutpost-logo Outpost Natural Foods announced today on its website that it will no longer carry any Palermo’s Pizza product at all three of its Milwaukee locations, joining a growing list of grocers and other vendors that have discontinued sales of the controversial frozen pizza brand after continuous worker safety violations. “We commend Outpost Natural Foods for finally making the right decision to stop selling Palermo’s Pizza products,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera.  “Outpost has long-held policies that ensure their animal products are humanely raised and that Fair Trade practices govern the treatment of workers in the global south. So it’s only reasonable that Outpost has a means of holding their vendors accountable for any exploitation of workers rights or safety regulations here in Milwaukee.”

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Wisconsin Joins National October 5th Actions Calling for Path to Citizenship and An End to Deportations

Posted on Oct 1st, 2013

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More than 100 events planned for Saturday across the country, including Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, and Green Bay

On October 5th, immigrant families and organizations nationwide will escalate pressure on both President Obama and the Republican-led House, calling on the President to use his executive authority to end deportations  - and on Congressman Paul Ryan to introduce an immigration bill with a path to citizenship this month.

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Statement on Rep. Jacque’s Proposed “English-only” Legislation

Posted on Aug 27th, 2013

Press contact: Joe Shansky (414) 218-3331, joe@vdlf.org In response to Wisconsin representative Andre Jacque introducing a proposal to make…

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Wisconsin DREAMers Celebrate Anniversary of “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)” & Kick Off Statewide Tour for Humane Immigration Reform

Posted on Aug 15th, 2013

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.

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Americans Rally Against Border Militarization In Immigration Reform

Posted on Jul 17th, 2013

Milwaukee joins nationwide protests against Senate "border surge" amendment   (Milwaukee, WI) – The Senate’s immigration reform package…

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Senator Johnson Turns His Back on Wisconsin Families with Vote Against Immigration Reform

Posted on Jun 27th, 2013

Today, Senator Johnson sided with a minority of Senators in opposing the historic passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744).  The bill cleared the Senate with a bipartisan majority of 68-32.

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Families Hopeful As Federal Immigration Bill Moves Forward to US Senate

Posted on May 22nd, 2013

The following is a statement from executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz, on the Senate Judiciary Committee passing the "Gang of 8" immigration bill onto the Senate, with a bipartisan vote of 13-5 after several amendment hearings: "Yesterday represents important momentum in the legislative process to create a path to citizenship for millions of New Americans. It is a credit to the determination of the immigrant rights movement, which demonstrated its political voice both at the ballot box and in the streets."

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NLRB Appeal Decision Allows Palermo Villa to Game a Broken Immigration System

Posted on Apr 30th, 2013

The following is a response to the NLRB decision yesterday, denying our appeal of one portion of the regional director's November ruling that…

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200 Immigrant Families from Wisconsin to Travel to Washington for National Immigration Reform March

Posted on Apr 9th, 2013

Press Contact: Joe Shansky (414) 218-3331, joe@vdlf.org Twitter: #A10, #timeisnow 200 Immigrant Families from Wisconsin to Travel to…

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Wisconsin Immigrants Kick Off National Bus Tour in Milwaukee to Demand Path to Citizenship

Posted on Feb 21st, 2013

Wisconsin immigrants will be boarding a bus today in Milwaukee to kick off the Midwest leg of the 19-state “Keeping Families Together” national bus tour. The bus riders will call on policymakers to include a path to citizenship in immigration reform legislation.

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The Path to Citizenship Starts With An End to the Deportations

Posted on Feb 1st, 2013

In response to both the President's speech on Tuesday and the bi-partisan Senate framework for immigration reform, Voces executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz issued the following statement:

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Palermo’s Pizza Workers Mark Year’s End with Renewed Call for Union Recognition, Vow to Escalate National Boycott

Posted on Dec 17th, 2012

MILWAUKEE- To mark the holiday season, striking Palermo’s Pizza workers and their families rallied today to give thanks for the community…

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BREAKING: NLRB Issues Decision Upholding Unfair Labor Practice Charges Against Palermo Villa

Posted on Nov 21st, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joe Shansky (414) 218-3331 The following is a statement from the Palermo Workers Union in response to today's…

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Unprecedented Latino Voter Participation Leads to Post-Election Rallies Calling for Federal Immigration Reform

Posted on Nov 7th, 2012

(MILWAUKEE)— After turning out an unprecedented number of Latino voters for the 2012 elections, today Voces de la Fronterawill join a…

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Alderman Donovan Misses the Point on the Palermo Worker’s Strike

Posted on Sep 7th, 2012

Milwaukee Ald. Bob Donovan got a few things right when he spoke out yesterday about the conflict at Palermo’s Pizza. The conflict and the…

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Rally to Mark Obama Administration Release of “Deferred Action” Relief Process for Undocumented Youth

Posted on Aug 15th, 2012

MADISON, WI- Beginning today, hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth will be able to apply to stay in the United States without fear of…

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Voces de la Frontera Holds Sikh Community in Our Hearts

Posted on Aug 7th, 2012

On behalf of the membership of Voces de la Frontera, we extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims, as well as the larger Sikh community, who have been devastated by the tragic shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek on Sunday.

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Palermo Workers Launch National Boycott of Palermo Products, Call for Resolution of Labor Dispute

Posted on Jul 28th, 2012

Students, working people and community members around the country stand in support, join boycott efforts   MILWAUKEE, WI - Joined by union…

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Voces de la Frontera Proudly Supports State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa’s Coming Out Announcement Today

Posted on Jul 24th, 2012

The following is a statement from Voces executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz, in response to State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa's decision today to publicly announce herself as a member of Wisconsin's LGBT community:

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Palermo Workers Union Files Illegal Intimidation Charges Against Palermo Villa

Posted on Jul 13th, 2012

NLRB Delays Union Election Pending Investigation

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Palermo’s Pizza Workers Deliver 15,000 Petitions to Company Marking One Month On Strike

Posted on Jul 2nd, 2012

Management Turns Away Delegation of Workers, Families, and Faith Leaders

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Supreme Court Upholds Racial Profiling in Arizona, Strikes Down Rest of SB-1070

Posted on Jun 25th, 2012

While the US Supreme Court ruled today that Arizona's SB 1070 violated the supremacy of the federal government in immigration law, it failed to uphold fundamental civil rights protections.

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President Obama Finally Grants Deportation Relief for DREAM Students

Posted on Jun 15th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT:  JOE SHANSKY (414) 218-3331 President Obama Finally Grants Deportation Relief for DREAM…

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Latinos Vow to Continue Fighting Anti-Worker, Anti-Immigrant Governorship

Posted on Jun 7th, 2012

Latinos Vow to Continue Fighting Anti-Worker, Anti-Immigrant Governorship With Scott Walker's victory in Tuesday's recall election, it is clear that…

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Voces May Day Solidarity March Draws Over 20,000 Against Arizona’s SB 1070

Posted on Apr 30th, 2012

MILWAUKEE- As part of a series of national protests against Arizona’s SB 1070 law, over twenty thousand people marched through the streets of…

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Statement on Certification Decision of Court of Appeals

Posted on Mar 28th, 2012

Statement of Voces de la Frontera & Milwaukee Branch of NAACP on Certification Decision of Court of Appeals Today’s Certification decisions…

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Federal Court Rules Wisconsin Redistricting Map Must Be Redrawn

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2012

Federal Court Rules Wisconsin Redistricting Map Must Be Redrawn Latino Civil Rights Upheld In a momentous decision, a federal court ruled…

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Second Voter ID Lawsuit Prevails in Wisconsin

Posted on Mar 12th, 2012

Statement on Ruling in League of Women Voters Photo ID Lawsuit  Voces de la Frontera and the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP are pleased that the…

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Voces/NAACP Lawsuit Halts Voter ID Law

Posted on Mar 8th, 2012

Judge Grants Temporary Injunction Denying Requirement for Photo ID in General Election On March 6th, Wisconsin Dane County Judge David Flanagan…

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BREAKING: GOP Legislature Held Secret Meetings, Solicited Unlawful Agreements While Mapping New Voting Districts

Posted on Feb 6th, 2012

PRESS CONTACT:  JOE SHANSKY (414) 218-3331 Voces de la Frontera attorneys discover violations of Open Meetings law, Wisconsin Constitution in…

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The ARMS Act: GOP Offers Immigrant Youth as Cheap Labor and Cannon Fodder

Posted on Feb 2nd, 2012

PRESS CONTACT: JOE SHANSKY 414-218-3331 Last week Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) introduced the ARMS Act, H.R. 3823, in the House of…

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“Family Unity Waiver” A Step Towards Humane Immigration Reform

Posted on Jan 12th, 2012

Voces de la Frontera is joining national immigration leaders and legal experts in applauding the recent announcement by the Department of Homeland…

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Voces, NAACP, and Community Members File Lawsuit to Overturn Photo ID

Posted on Dec 16th, 2011

Earlier today Voces de la Frontera and the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP filed a lawsuit today in Dane County Wisconsin Circuit Court challenging…

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Milwaukee Community Holds Historic Action on North Ave Bridge

Posted on Nov 17th, 2011

"Get On the Bridge" joins global actions to demand jobs-- not cuts MILWAUKEE- Against the backdrop of an increasingly unsustainable economic crisis,…

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Extremist Sen. Russell Pearce Kicked Out of Office in Historic Arizona Recall Election

Posted on Nov 9th, 2011

Voter rejection of SB-1070 architect is seen as referendum on unpopular racial-profiling bill Last night, Tea Party Senator Russell Pearce of…

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