Archive for January 16th, 2013

Wednesday, January 16
Call-in / email / tweet Sen. Franken & Rep. Ellison:
Stand up for genuine, progressive immigration reform!

Call them!
Rep. Ellison – (612) 522-1212
Senator Franken – (651) 221-1016

Email them!
Send Rep. Ellison a message: http://forms.house.gov/ellison/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm
Send Senator Franken a message: http://www.franken.senate.gov/?p=email_al
(they don’t publish their email addresses anymore, you have to ‘email’ them via their webform)

Tweet this message:
I want progressive immigration reform-legalization for all, no 2nd class ‘guest worker’, no border militarization! @KeithEllison @AlFranken

I want you to push for genuine, progressive immigration reform that consists of:

  1. Legalization for *all* — we don’t want a restrictive or punitive approach
  1. No second-class guest worker programs — full legalization with full equality for immigrant workers
  1. No more militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border — the border is already too militarized leading to too many deaths.
  1. No increased workplace repression — everyone should have the right to work with dignity and labor rights. Programs like E-Verify should be abolished, not expanded.

Context / Background:
Congressional Democrats and the White House have announced that they plan to push a national comprehensive immigration reform bill in the new congressional session that starts this month. On issue after issue, we’ve seen the White House and Congressional Democrats too quick to abandon progressive proposals and give in to conservative bullying. So ideas that start out progressive (like health care reform for example) go through a legislative process that tears out any progressive content and stuffs it full of pro-corporate and repressive ideas. The final product comes out on the other end as at best mediocre or at worst as regressive, counterproductive laws.  We don’t want this to happen to immigration reform. We want genuine, progressive immigration reform.

So we are asking Minnesotans to start contacting Senator Franken and Rep. Ellison on Wednesday, January 16. Tell them you want them to take leadership to stand up for genuine, progressive immigration reform, and you want them to say no to pro-corporate or repressive proposals that some politicians will try to make part of immigration reform.

Rep. Ellison and Senator Franken are seen as progressive congresspeople. Here’s a chance for them to stand up for progressive values and push back against conservative, repressive proposals. Let them know that compromise with anti-immigrant ideas is not acceptable. No human being is illegal and all people have dignity and equal rights. We expect them to fight for and push through a genuine, progressive immigrant reform that provides legalization for all, that doesn’t create vast pro-corporate second class guest worker programs, and that doesn’t further militarize the U.S.-Mexico border or expand repressive workplace measures like E-Verify.  We expect no less from them.

Support the call-in day on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/195489190590760/

After you’ve contacted them, email us at MIRAcMN@gmail.com and let us know how it went and if you get a response. Thanks!

Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc)
651-389-9174 | facebook.com/MIRAcMN | MIRAcMN@gmail.com | MIRAc1.wordpress.com


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