Missionaries for Compassion toward Immigrants

Workshop and Coalition
06.July.2009, 22:29
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Hey, Sisters and Brothers!

Some great things have appeared on the horizon and continue to do so the more we move forward.

This weekend, we’ve scheduled the training workshop, where we’ll:

  • Have a brief seminar on the history of immigration/migration/borders/immigration law in the USA (15 minutes)
  • Have a religious discussion on immigration (hopefully Alma wants to do it!) for 15 minutes
  • 30-minute Question and Answer session on how to organize and what to do as a group member; we’ll also decide on new ideas and get people to suggest actions they’ve cooked up.
  • 15-minute speech thingy giving quick tips and outlining upcoming actions (closing remarks, basically)…

Day/Time: Saturday, 11 July, 3:00-4:15 PM



That’s very cool, but what’s especially exciting is a coalition that we can join that includes the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Democracy Schools, and Comunidades Unidas.  It’s called the Utah Immigrant and Refugee Integration Coalition.  They want us to offer both our identity and our talents, and they want to help us be successful as an individual organization.

They have all sorts of great work we can get into, and will help us reach more folks to share what we know about our brothers and sisters.  There is a hotline they’re putting up for people going through immigration-related difficulties, as well as a network we can maintain to inform people as to voting and other civic participation, which we will be able to volunteer for, there is greater access to media outlets, and a TON of other opportunities.  I think getting our bill together and a petition to accompany it will be much easier as well.

This can get big, and awesome, and stick right to our original principles of staying out of liberal/conservative muck, representing ourselves and not the Church, and of course, actually DOING something.

Tell me what you think!  If you have something great to contribute, or useful advice or criticism, it’s all welcome.  This weekend, we’ll brief everybody on the upcoming excitement.


Update/Site Fix
30.June.2009, 14:14
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Hello, Brothers and Sisters!

I apologize profusely for filling up your inboxes last weekend. Happily I discovered my very basic error of HTML that only showed up in Internet Explorer, and fixed it. If you go to http://aaronrp.freeshell.org/joinmci.html the problem should be finally solved. Until I get more of you joining the mailing list, we’ll use Facebook for messaging for now.

I encourage everybody to show up tonight to the interfaith service being held tonight at 7:30 PM, at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1070 S. Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City. Catholics, Protestants, and Muslims are coming, and I anticipate a few LDS folk, too! It is basically a “community lament” of SB 81, officially implemented tomorrow.

Tomorrow, from 9 to 9:30 AM, Victor Rodriguez of our group is going on Utah Public Radio. They broadcast statewide, but if you don’t know the station, you can go to http://www.upr.org/access.html and click on the “Listen now” link at the upper right-hand corner of the page. It will also be podcasted for later listening. They have quite a diverse grouping of opinions represented, but Victor can hold his own!

Upcoming stuff:

1) I am talking to the United Way of Utah (one of our group members’ cousin works for United Way, along with one of our group members!) so that we can do some community service. We’re not a bunch of organized complainers, but rather we have definite goals and I think service could help support them.

2) A couple of our group members are working on a bill to override SB 81’s changes to the Utah Code. There are also a couple of attorneys that have said they’ll offer us a little help in drafting a bill. Let me know if you want to participate in that. If you’re a law student, this could be useful on a resume.

3) Raquel Zarco now has all the video clips necessary to do the documentary, and we only lack filling in the story board with interviews. If any of you know of people who want to tell their story, about how it applies to the immigrant situation, contact me or post a reply on the blog’s home page entry (http://missionariesforcompassion.wordpress.com/).

4) Saturday, 11 July, is our training workshop. It should be a coming together of all sorts of things we’ve been working on, and a great place to start for those just getting involved with the group.

I just want to reiterate that each of you represent our group, and can feel free to do what you want in getting the truth out about our brothers and sisters, or perhaps ourselves, that migrant peoples really are people, and that they ought to be treated as such. I am more organizer than leader! Remember there are a lot of myths out there. For reference to the most basic ones, and how to refute them, here is a PDF that’s more concise than me in explaining it:

Laters everyone, and keep up the good work.