Feb. 13, 2010 Meeting in Forks, WA

January 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Hello all!
Since we hear reports of stepped up detention activity by plainclothes agents (I.C.E.? or Border Patrol?) in the Forks area,
the Stop The Checkpoints’ February meeting will be in Forks at 2:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 13th
We’ll gather at Cafe Paix: A Work in Progress at 71 North Forks Avenue –  It’s only a few blocks from the transit center if you want to ride the bus and walk to the Cafe.
We’ll have some signs there or you can bring your own for a street corner rally and/or sidewalk sign wave.  Recently a man who went to buy a loaf of bread was taken from outside a Mexican grocery store and a 16 year old was taken from near City Hall by plainclothes “agents”.  Their whereabouts are unknown.  These  ”agents” have been seen hanging around at the Forks DSHS office as well asking people for their papers, a violation of Homeland Security Department guidelines!
Since our meeting is on a three day weekend (Presidents’ Day is on Monday, Feb. 15th) there should be lots of visitors and Twilight fans coming to Forks, so let’s show them that we won’t stand for these continuing attacks on immigrant workers and families –our  families, friends, neighbors and co-workers.  We must stop these outrageous police state tactics by “agents” in plainclothes snatching people who are going about their daily life and taking them away in unmarked cars!
Join us in Forks on Saturday, Feb. 13 to defend civil liberties and stop racial profiling, raids and detentions!  We’ll have time to plan future actions and discuss what true immigration reform should look like.  If you want to carpool all or part way (can drive or need a ride) contact Lois Danks 360-452-7534 and I will coordinate. 
Lois Danks, Coordinator
Stop The Checkpoints
P.S. Be sure to check out our web page at www.stopthecheckpoints.com.  There are new articles posted and new links like the one to David Bacon’s website – with some dramatic and inspiring photographs of immigrant workers and stories of labor union activism led by immigrant hotel workers in California.
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AFL-CIO immig. reform helps labor

January 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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AFL-CIO Report: Immigration Reform Would Boost Economy
Posted By James Parks On January 11, 2010 (4:27 pm) In Legislation & Politics

A new report shows that comprehensive immigration reform would help American workers and the U.S. economy. Reform that offers a path to citizenship for currently unauthorized workers and enforces workers’ rights would raise the “wage floor” for the entire U.S. economy and increase the total gross domestic product (GDP) by at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade, the report says.

“Raising the Floor for American Workers,” by the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center, says finding a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented workers is a much better alternative in this economic crisis than expanding guest worker programs or mass deportation.

The temporary worker program only generates an annual increase of 0.44 percent in the nation’s GDP or $792 billion over 10…
Article taken from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG – http://blog.aflcio.org
URL to article: http://blog.aflcio.org/2010/01/11/report-immigration-reform-would-boost-economy/