Take Local Action Now!

By admin
Published: Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Dear NAPAWF members,

Thank you for keeping the momentum for immigrant justice going! There has been an overwhelming number of responses to the immigration community survey and some very powerful stories shared. The survey will remain open until Aug. 31, at which point we will report back with stats and findings. Be sure to take the survey if you haven’t done so already, and to forward it to friends and allies.

This week, we encourage all NAPAWF members to TAKE LOCAL ACTION in your communities. The National AAPI Week of Action is finally here! And with it comes many exciting events and opportunities to take action and support comprehensive immigration reform (CIR):

Postcard Drive

Each of the NAPAWF offices (DC, New York, and Bay Area) has a stack of glossy postcards ready to be signed and sent to congress with the message to support family immigration and CIR. We need your help! If you are attending or hosting an event and would like to distribute and collect these postcards, PLEASE LET US KNOW!

Alternatively, if you are not near a campaign event, you can still sign a postcard remotely by going HERE and providing us with your contact information. Help us reach our goal of 500 signed postcards!

National Text-In Day

One of the most important ways of supporting CIR is to be informed about the debate. An easy way to do this is by signing up for the Cell Phone Action Network through the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign. On AUGUST 20 we’re asking our networks to text “AAPI” to 69866 to join the network and receive periodic text messages on the latest news and action opportunities around immigration reform, specific to your state or local community.

Made In L.A. Film Screenings and Discussions

When: Aug. 30, 3pm EST
Location: contact napawfdc@yahoo.com
Contact: Meredith at meredith.higashi@gmail.com

When: Sept. 12, 12pm PST
Location: 409 W. Winnie Way, Arcadia, CA 91007
Contact: Cathy at cathyldang@yahoo.com (RSVP by Sept. 11)

When: Early Sept. TBD
Location: CUNY
Contact: Wen-Hua at Wyang@napawf.org

NAPAWF-Bay Area Chapter
When: Sept. TBD
Location: Oakland
Contact: Candace at csummer1978@yahoo.com

Updated List of Week of Action Events

Immigrant Service Day – Food Drive
When: Aug. 20
Location: Los Angeles – Los Angeles Food Bank
Organizers: Asian Pacific American Legal Center & Japanese American Citizens League-Pacific Southwest District
Local contact: Scott Chan, schan@apalc.org; Kristin Fukushima, Kristin.Fukushima@gmail.com
Town Hall with Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)

When: Aug. 22, 1-3pm CDT
Location: Chicago – Mayfair Salvation Army Community Church
Organizers: Asian American Institute, Korean Resource and Cultural Center, Coalition for a Better Chinatown & Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Engagement
Local contact: Sung Yeon, sungyeon@aaichicago.org

Town Hall with Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.)
When: Aug. 27, 6pm PDT
Location: Los Angeles – St. John Baptist Church, Baldwin Park
Organizers: Asian Pacific American Legal Center & Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Local contact: Connie Choi, cchoi@apalc.org

South Asians and Immigration Town Hall
When: Sept. 26, 11am-2pm EDT
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL – To Be Announced
Organizers: South Asian Americans Leading Together and Sahara
Local contact: Priya Murthy, priya@saalt.org

Legislative visits
Date: All Week
Location: Across California
Organizers: Asian Pacific American Legal Center and Asian Law Caucus

Please remember to take pictures and document your experiences during the Week of Action and immigration reform activities. Next week we will be focusing on media visibility!

For questions about the Immigration is HERstory and Our Story Campaign, please contact Lan at lnguyen@napawf.org.

For justice,

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