Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Immigrant Issues Forum: October 8

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition announced an immigrant issues forum to be held at Vanderbilt on Saturday, October 8:


The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) Invites You To:

An Immigrant Issues Forum
SOS! Middle Tennessee's Immigrant and Refugee Community Needs Your Help!

Saturday, October 8
Moore Room, Vanderbilt Law School
131 21st Ave. South, Nashville
** Imagine growing up in the U.S., graduating at the top of your class in high school, and not having the opportunity to go to college, or even to work legally in this country, because of your immigration status.
** Imagine moving to the U.S. and having a judge tell you must become fluent in English in six months or risk losing custody of your child.

** Imagine returning to your new home after religious services and finding the most holy book in your religion desecrated with human feces at your doorstep.

** Imagine learning of the arrest of a former Ku Klux Klan member who was preparing pipe bombs to blow up a bus you and other migrant farm workers take to work every day.

For the rapidly growing immigrant and refugee community of Tennessee, no imagination is needed. All of these incidents, and many more, have taken place in the past six months right here in our state.

Please join middle Tennessee immigrant and refugee leaders to learn first-hand about the injustices many immigrant students and workers face, and about the alarming rise in anti-immigrant actions and policies in our state. Learn how you can help counter the spread of hatred and intolerance, and build a stronger immigrant's rights movement in Tennessee that respects the rights of all human beings.

Members of all sectors of the community - academic, religious, labor, business, civic, civil rights, etc. - are strongly urged to join in this important dialogue.


For more information contact David Lubell at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). Phone: 615-846-6672. E-mail: david@tnimmigrant.org; or go to: www.tnimmigrant.org

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