David Bacon: JOIN THE DIGNITY CAMPAIGN for Real Immigration Reform

Over the last year a group of organizations and individuals have been meeting to affirm the need for an immigration reform bill based on human rights. This bill would include immediate legalization of the undocumented; de-criminalization of immigrants; equal rights; reunification of families; an end to temporary worker programs, and an end to trade and foreign policies that cause the dislocation of people.

We are calling this effort the Dignity Campaign for Real Immigration Reform. We need real solutions to the denial of migrants’ rights, to the economic and political forces that force migration, and to the economic crisis that affects working people in general. We hope to raise our collective aspirations for immigration reform, rather than limit our work to criticizing Congressional proposals that reflect corporate needs for exploitable labor.

The Dignity Campaign is an effective education and organizing tool -- a positive alternative to Congressional proposals and policies that continue to criminalize immigrants. We can use the alternative ‘bill’ in community forums, union meetings, marches, lobbying visits to Congress members, newspaper articles and other ways to raise our expectations for real solutions and rally support.

We welcome the input of groups and individuals on this proposal and encourage communities and unions to use it in formulating your own proposals. Some communities are already using the proposal this way. We invite you to join the Dignity Campaign in developing an immigration bill that represents the reforms we really need. To sign-on to this campaign or for more information please contact Renee Saucedo at La Raza Centro Legal (415-575-3500 and 415-553-3404, renee@lrcl.org), Lillian Galedo at Filipino Advocates for Justice (510-465 9876, lgaledo@filipinos4justice.org), Fred Hirsch (408-821-1394, fredhirsch@cruzio.com), David Bacon (510-851-1589, dbacon@igc.org), Bill Chandler at the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, (601-968-5182, b.chandler@yourmira.org), Rosalinda Guillen at Community to Community (360-738-0893, rosalindag@qwestoffice.net) or Hamid Khan at South Asian Network (562-230-4578, hamid@southasiannetwork.org).

Filipino Advocates for Justice, Oakland, CA
La Raza Centro Legal, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Living Wage Coalition, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Day Labor Program, San Francisco, CA
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, San Francisco, CA
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (national)
MAIZ, San Jose, CA
South Asian Network, Los Angeles, CA
Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, Jackson, MS
Community2Community, Bellingham, WA
Priority Africa Network, Oakland, CA
Dominican Development Center, Jamaica Plain, MA
National Domestic Worker Alliance
May 1 Coalition, New York, NY
Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales, U.S./Mexico
San Francisco Labor Council, San Francisco, CA
Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California
Asocaicion de Jornaleros de San Diego, San Diego, CA
Mujeres Unidas y Activas, San Francisco and Oakland, CA
California Healthy Communities Network
Frente Unido de Inmigrantes, Chicago, Il
Global Exchange
California Fair Trade Campaign
South Bay Labor Council, San Jose, CA
Laborers Union, Local 270, San Jose, CA
United Food and Commercial Worker Local 5, San Jose, CA

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