Immigrant Community Groups Arrive in Detroit to Say Another World Is Here!

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Immigrant Justice Community Groups Come to Detroit to Say Another World Is Here Demanding Justice and Human Rights

Media Release
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Contact for interviews with NNIRR members
Arnoldo García (bilingual Español), (510) 928-0685
Colin Rajah (415) 203-8763
Catherine Tactaquin, (510) 459-4457

(Detroit) “The immigrant community’s fight to stop racist laws and ordinances is transforming our country’s vision of civil rights,” declared Catherine Tactaquin, director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR), at the start of the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, Michigan. She said, “Immigrant voices lift up the Social Forum’s vision that ‘Another World Is Possible’ and that ‘Another U.S. is Necessary’ in a new way. NNIRR believes that that world is here when immigrant communities assert their rights and mobilize against hate laws and policies of criminalization.”

Some 30 member groups of the National Network (NNIRR), hailing from diverse regions of the U.S., including the U.S.-Mexico border region, the South and Southeast, and the East and West coasts, will participate in the week-long U.S. Social Forum starting with a march June 22. Over 10,000 organizers, community activists and leaders and organizatons from diverse justice movements are expected to attend. There are over 1,000 workshops and 50 "People's Movement Assemblies" on strategic issues facing communities and the movements.

NNIRR groups will present key workshops and participate in the People’s Movement Assembly on immigrant rights at the U.S. Social Forum.

Janis Rosheuvel, from New York-based Families for Freedom and member of the NNIRR board of directors, said, “The U.S. Social Forum is an amazing opportunity to envision another world for the people directly affected by the institutions that have control in our lives. We can say how change needs to happen with these institutions involving the criminal justice system around immigrant rights and the social justice movement in the work that we are doing.”

Member groups at the U.S. Social Forum, based in South Asian, Muslim, Latino, African, African American and Asian Pacific Islander communities, will lead workshop discussions focusing on grassroots organizing for rights; just immigration reforms, on globalization, migration and human rights; national security and immigrant communities; LGTBQ rights; and uniting interior and border communities against racism and militarism.

In closing, Monami Maulik of DRUM: Desis Rising Up & Moving and also a member of the NNIRR board of directors, added, “The U.S. Social Forum is a unique space and moment to reflect on the critical challenges facing all people of color, workers, women, including immigrant communities. DRUM with NNIRR members believe that another world is not only possible but is being born in the struggles of migrant communities and of all the excluded and exploited. The Forum is an historic moment where you can hear all our voices singing deep songs of justice and human rights for all.”