Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Call for Endorsers - National Conference on Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Call for Endorsers - National Conference on Immigrant
and Refugee Rights

January 18-20, 2008 * Hyatt Regency * Houston TX

Dear Members and Friends of NNIRR,

The coming year holds great promise and great peril for those who advocate for immigration policy based on human rights, dignity and justice. While federal immigration reform has reached an impasse, attacks on immigrants and refugees have surged at local, regional and state levels. ICE raids continue to sweep up thousands, and hundreds of migrants' deceased bodies are being recovered on the U.S.-Mexico border.

At the same time, immigrant and refugee community groups are launching creative initiatives to protect the most vulnerable members of our communities and linking with other communities and movements to demand justice & fairness. Believing that this is a critical time for us to reframe the national debate on immigration, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is organizing a national conference in Houston, Texas, from January 18-20, 2008, to convene hundreds of community organizers, allies, and advocates from around the country. We invite your organization to endorse this event and lend your voice to this important effort.

Conference workshops and topics include:

• Lifting Immigrant Voices in the 2008 Elections
• Racism and Immigration: Bridging Communities in the Post-Katrina Era
• Pushing Back the Militarization of the Border & Interior Immigration Control
• Globalization: Exploring Immigration "Root Causes" Worldwide
• Promoting the Human Rights of Im/Migrants
• Immigration, Labor and Workers Rights
• Immigration Policy and Legislation
• Popular Education for Transformative Community Organizing
• Organizing for Immigrant and Refugee Community Leadership
• Media & Communications Skills Development

In order to ensure your group's name is printed in the conference brochure, please complete and return to us the linked endorser form by October 24:


Endorsers will also be listed in the program distributed at the conference.

As a partner in this important struggle for immigrant rights, we appreciate your support and look forward to hearing from you about the conference.

October 15, 2007

In Peace,

Catherine Tactaquin
National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights