Wednesday, June 8, 2005

CANCELLED TO HONOR FALLEN HISPANIC LEADER - Two Thursday events: one to hail new immigration proposal, other to reject shock talk sentiment

Death of Greg Rodriguez, Chairman of Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, prompts cancellation
updated 6/09/05
more later on Greg Rodriguez
original story below

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition will hold two Thursday events to promote progress in the national approach toward expatriates and immigrants. The first event will promote a bipartisan immigration proposal in the U.S. Congress, and the second event is a diversity-themed rally to reject immigration shock talk:

The Nashville Real Immigration Solutions Press Conference

When: Thursday, June 9th at 1:30pm

Where: Woodbine Community Center, 222 Oriel Avenue

Why: Representatives from the academic, religious, labor, and immigrant communities will be present to applaud the introduction of the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005, a bipartisan legislative proposal in the U.S. Congress that would provide the foundation for a saner and more enforceable immigration system.

Speakers will discuss how Tennessee is currently benefiting from its immigrant population, and how current U.S. immigration laws make it virtually impossible for low-skilled immigrant workers to obtain legal entry into the U.S.

Participants will also discuss why immigration policy can only be effectively legislated at the federal level, and how some current state proposals would have negative and potentially harmful consequences for all Tennesseans.

The Coalition's analysis of the McCain-Kennedy proposal is here

The Nashville "Unity in Diversity" Rally

When: Thursday, June 9th at 5:30pm

Where: Coleman Park, 384 Thompson Lane (on the corner of Thompson Lane and Nolensville Pike)

At least 400 Nashvillians are expected to turn out at this historic event to:
Celebrate Nashville's growing ethnic diversity
Express concern that some public figures are exploiting people's fear of change to foster hatred against Tennessee's newest residents.

A Nashville radio talk show host is holding a large-scale "anti-illegal immigration rally" in Nashville. This individual routinely cites statistics about all foreign-born people in America to explain overcrowded prisons, high unemployment, excessive public education costs, and the reintroduction of diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy. Please join immigrant community members and supporters in the Nashville "Unity in Diversity" event to help demonstrate that Nashville embraces its new diversity, not division or hate.

The Coalition exposes the talk show host's statements here.

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