NNIRR E-News: Elections, Global Developments and More...


National Network E-News

a wrap up of activities, updates and news you can use

In Sandy's Path...

We send our best wishes to all of our friends and their families on the East coast, for your health and safety in the recovery from the storm that is still making its way westward today. I know we are all thinking about those whose lives, homes, jobs have been disrupted, many of whom will face even greater difficulties in the aftermath of the storm.

Onward to the 2012 General Election...

The November 6 elections are now less than a week away! We give kudos to all of the groups who have been working round the clock to educate and mobilize their communities around the country. Our building here in Oakland has been abuzz with after hours phone banking on the important issues locally, for the state of California, and of course, nationally. We've updated our website with resources and related news and will continue to do so through the elections. You can check out our section on Immigration, Immigrant Communities and the 2012 Elections here. And stay tuned for more discussion on the outcome of the elections and its impact on our fight for fair and just immigration policies!

News Update: Wells Fargo Dumps (a lot of) Stock in Private Prisons!

Enlace reports that Wells Fargo has apparently dumped some 75% of its investment in the GEO Group, the second largest private prison construction company! Wells Fargo has been a nationwide target of a pressure campaign to rid itself of investments in private prisons, particularly the GEO Group and CCA the Corrections Corporation of America. Read more here from Enlace's press release announcing this development. To find out more about the campaign (NNIRR is a member), click here

Migrants Rights on the Move

Just as there are widespread migrant abuses around the world, the global movement for migrants' rights continues to grow, with new institutions, events and cross-sectoral relationships evolving. Here's a snapshot of some of these recent development involving NNIRR and partners:

La Via Campesina Tackles Migration

This past September, NNIRR's Program Director for International Migrants Rights, Colin Rajah, was invited by La Via Campesina (LVC) to present a briefing to their International Commission on Migration meeting in Mexico City. Colin described critical policy issues for migrants worldwide and talked about current global advocacy opportunities. Read more on NNIRR's blog page here.


Africa: Pan-African and Global Gatherings on Migration

NNIRR participated in gatherings in Accra, in Ghana, in September. The Global Coalition on Migration (GCM) brought together more than a dozen regional and international networks of migrant associations, migrants rights organizations and advocates, trade unions, faith groups and academia, covering every rgion of the world. For more about GCM, see their new website here. Parallel to the GCM meeting, members of the new Pan-African Network in Defense of Migrants Rights (PANiDMR) also met at the Health Services Workers Union conference center, towards the formation of a new network. Both meetings preceded the Africa Civil Society Forum on Migration, Development and Human Rights. The forum leads up to the intergovernmental Global Forum on Migration and Development to be held in Mauritius later in November. A number of delegates from the U.S., including NNIRR members, will attend the Civil Society Days associated with the GFMD. (Photo above, participants in GCM and PANiDMR meetings. The groups held joint opening and closing ceremonies.)

World Social Forum on Migrations - Manila

Manila, Philippines will be the site of the 5th World Social Forum on Migrations on Nov. 26-30. Hundreds of participants from throughout Asia and the rest of the world are expected to meet for a full agenda of workshops, plenary sessions, cultural events and mobilizations focused around the theme, "Mobility, Rights, Global Models: Looking for Alternatives."  NNIRR and partner groups in Migrants Rights International and the Global Coalition on Migration will be participating, including members of the new Women and Global MIgration Working Group. For more information and registration, click here.

Resources for International Migrants Day, Dec. 18

International Migrants Day (IMD) will be celebrated on December 18 -- this marks the day when the UN General Assembly approved the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. In the U.S. and around the world we mark the day with celebrations, forums, rallies, media work, receptions, etc. Please visit our website for more information about IMD and the Migrant Workers Convention. We'll be sending more updates on this year's plans soon.

Members and Partners Celebrate!

Congratulations to NNIRR member, DRUM - Desis Rising Up and Moving," for celebrating their 12th Anniversary Gala in New York. "Voices of Unity, Rhythms of Movement" was the theme of their event on Oct. 27 at Judson Memorial Church. Coinciding with the anniversary, DRUM has just unveiled its new website. Click here to check it out!

NNIRR is happy to be a member of the Host  Committee for the 5th Anniversary celebration of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which will take place on Nov. 14 in Washington, DC. "Leading with Love" is the theme of the event which will honor both grassroots organizers and actors Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson, who both appeared in the movie, The Help. For more information, go to www.domesticworkers.org/leadingwithlove


Save the Date for Coalicion de Derechos Humanos 9th Annual Corazon de Justicia Awards Dinner, November 29 in Tucson. Begins at 6 pm at the Casino del Sol Event Center. Click here for more information.


Welcome Omid Advocates for Human Rights and the Middle Eastern Legal Services Program

We are happy to now share office space with Omid Advocates for Human Rights, who has just launched their Middle Eastern Immigrant Legal Services Program (MIELS). MIELS will provide a range of legal services at low or no cost on Wednesdays in our suite in Oakland. Please call 510.647.5078 for information and appointments. Click here for an informational flier and please pass the word about this much-needed new program!