From Our Executive Director

Executive Director Christine Neumann-Ortiz







A Crossroads

Posted on Sep 3rd, 2013

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."

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Posted on Mar 19th, 2012

“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."

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Posted on Mar 2nd, 2012

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.

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Happy 10 Year Anniversary, Voces de la Frontera

Posted on Oct 12th, 2011

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.

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What You Need to Know about Obama’s New Immigration Policy

Posted on Sep 21st, 2011

On August 18th the Obama Administration annonced a new policy regarding deportations which many people should be informed of to avoid scams or fraud.

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The importance of the recall elections for Latinos

Posted on Aug 12th, 2011

It is important that Latinos who live in key senate districts participate in these recall elections.

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The Latino Vote in 2012

Posted on Jul 12th, 2011

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...

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Will you stand with us?

Posted on May 18th, 2011

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!

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In Defense of the American Dream

Posted on Apr 19th, 2011

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.

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Dreaming of Equality

Posted on Dec 15th, 2010

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.

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Organize for jobs and to keep Arizona laws out of Wisconsin!

Posted on Nov 24th, 2010

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.

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The Target On Our Backs

Posted on Oct 8th, 2010

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.

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2010 Elections: Let’s Not Turn Back the Clock

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2010

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.

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President Obama on Immigration Reform

Posted on Jul 8th, 2010

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 .

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Help us stop deportations

Posted on Jun 7th, 2010

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.

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May 1, 2010: A new chapter in the civil rights movement

Posted on May 10th, 2010

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.

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After the national march, follows mobilizing for the Congressional Recess and the May 1st march

Posted on Apr 1st, 2010

Christine Neumann-Ortiz outlines the next steps.

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Who perseveres, achieves

Posted on Feb 5th, 2010

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.

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Voces de la Frontera Annual Meeting: a Call to Action

Posted on Dec 15th, 2009

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.

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The Window of Opportunity

Posted on Nov 20th, 2009

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.

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“Let’s keep on Mobilizing”

Posted on Oct 1st, 2009

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.

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Celebrate Labor Day With Us

Posted on Sep 1st, 2009

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.

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We can’t wait for change

Posted on Aug 1st, 2009

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...

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Update on Instate Tuition and Driver’s Cards

Posted on Jul 14th, 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.

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Forward: Drivers Licenses and In-state Tuition

Posted on Jun 5th, 2009

The fight for access to drivers’ licenses and in-state tuition for immigrants has made important progress.

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May 1st: The long march of 30,000

Posted on May 7th, 2009

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.

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May 1: the giant rises

Posted on Apr 17th, 2009

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.

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Our Accomplishments in the First 100 Days

Posted on Feb 25th, 2009

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...

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First 100 Days Campaign

Posted on Dec 16th, 2008

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.

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New ‘No Match’ letter victory but employer actions escalate

Posted on Oct 9th, 2008

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.

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Stop the War abroad and stop the war against immigrants!

Posted on Jul 8th, 2008

Groups will call for just legalization and an immediate stop to the raids at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

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The Latino vote will decide the next presidency

Posted on Jun 5th, 2008

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.

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A letter of thanks and a look to the future…

Posted on May 5th, 2008

Milwaukee, for the second year in a row, had the biggest march of the country.

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Will we be an enslaved race or a free race?

Posted on May 1st, 2008

This May 1 2008 is another historic day as people in more than 200 cities march in the streets demanding justice and dignity.

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May 1, 2008: Yes, we can!

Posted on Apr 5th, 2008

We are counting on everyone who participated in the previous marches, and more, to send another strong message to the world...

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Keep police and immigration roles separate

Posted on Mar 6th, 2008

Policies encouraging local police to act as immigration agents foster racism and division and damage community safety

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Sleeping giant arise! Latinos, vote on Tuesday, February 19!

Posted on Feb 7th, 2008

If you are an eligible voter, vote for those who can't. Vote for yourself and your family. Vote for your community.

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Reflections on the marches and 2008

Posted on Jan 6th, 2008

The greatest threat to the movement does not come from the government...

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The king has no clothes: DHS and REAL ID

Posted on Dec 7th, 2007

The Bush Administration is facing a growing opposition by states against the implementation of REAL ID.

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Elections 2008: united we stand, divided we fall

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2007

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?

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Eight Million Unite!

Posted on Sep 6th, 2007

Social Security 'No Match' letters will affect 8 million workers nationally.

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Know who you’re voting for

Posted on Aug 7th, 2007

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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Two Years is Too Long

Posted on Jul 7th, 2007

What is the significance of the recent tabling of the “grand bargain” immigration bill in the Senate? The end of this bill is both a measure of our strength and our weakness as a social justice movement.

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