Campaigns and Initiatives
Current campaigns and initiatives NNIRR is supporting:
End the Militarization of the Border
Local and national campaigns are stepping up to end the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. CAMBIO has launched a new initiative called Path to Justice that includes a call to end border militarization and stop migrant deaths as part of a call for fair and just immigration policy. On Dia de los Muertos, Nov. 6, we join them in calling attention to the thousands of people who have lost their lives crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in search of safety and economic security. Read a joint statement from border stakeholders here.
The Southern Border Communities Coalition has also launched a new campaign to raise awareness about the tragic consequences of border militarization and to call for a new effort to reshape the vital border economy and communities. The campaign was launched with two exciting projects to help raise awareness -- a border "quilt" initiative and a social media-oriented "flower power" project. Click here to learn more about this initiative and learn how you can get involved.
Please join the NNIRR in seeking ratification of the UN Convention on the Protection of Rights for All Migrant workers and Members of Their Families, also known as the Migrant Workers Convention or "MWC".
Sign the Call for Support! Over the coming months (and likely, years) we will raising awareness among policy makers and the public to urge that the U.S. affirm its commitment to the human rights of immigrants by ratifying the Convention. Our education campaign will make the links between international protections enshrined in the MWC and other international agreements to our own fight for equality and justice for immigrants in this country. And, ratification by the U.S. would send a signal to the rest of world about this country's support for human rights.
Go here for more information and links to the support pledge.
United Call to Change Walmart and Rebuild America
We're supporting our friends at the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) who have been struggling to raise workers' wages, ensure jobs and fight cuts in health benefits. This at a rough time in our national economy, and as a community letter to Walmart chairman Rob Walton states, "As front line Walmart workers are facing these hardships, the company made almost $16 billion in profits, executives made more than $10 million each in compensation last year, and six members of the Walton Family have more wealth than the bottom 42% of American families combined." Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) and Warehouse Workers United (WWU) are asking Walmart to join their "United Call to Change Walmart and Rebuild America.
To read and download the UFCW flier on Walmart's impact on immigrants, click here.
To read and download flier on Walmart and the Latino/a community, click here.
End Racial Profiling: Restore Civil Rights & Justice
NNIRR joins the Rights Working Group campaign to end racial and religious profiling, an unlawful practice pervasive in law enforcement agencies impacting communities of color across the spectrum or race, class, age, gender, religion, and citizenship or immigration status. Because of the increased collaboration between federal agencies and local police on immigration enforcement, immigrant communities and persons perceived to be "foreign" are particularly impacted by racial profiling, often leading to detention & deportation. DHS policing programs such as S-comm ("Secure Communities") creates an incentive for racial profiling by local police to catch and identify people for deportation. Read more...
The National Network has joined a national campaign targeting the private prison construction industry, which promotes and profits from the incarceration of immigrant men, women and children and others in the U.S. and worldwide. Enlace, in partnership with community groups and unions across the US, is calling on all public and private institutions to divest their holdings in Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group, America’s largest private prison corporations which have profited from billions in taxpayer money. Read more...
NNIRR joins forces with Detention Watch Network (DWN) to urge Congress and the Obama Administration to repeal mandatory detention, which subjects thousands of community members to prolonged detention and separation from their families, including asylum-seekers and any non-citizen who has ever been convicted of a crime regardless of how long ago or the severity of the offense.
The Applied Research Center and Colorlines.org have launched a public education campaign to eradicate the use of the word "illegals" from every-day use and public discourse. The i-word is a dehumanizing racial slur that opens the door to racial profiling and violence, and prevents a respectful and genuine debate on immigration. Join NNIRR and urge your co-workers, neighbors, friends, and allies to Drop the I-Word and affirm the dignity and humanity of all people! Read more...