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Massachusetts Resist the Raids! Network

Retreat

Date: Jan 30th, 2009

Time: 12-5pm

Venue: Encuentro 5 - 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor. Boston, MA

We are inviting all immigrant rights organizations in Massachusetts to join us in strategic planning session for 2010.

In the first year of Obama’s presidency, we were told that the Department of Homeland Security will divert its immigration law enforcement work to employers. To the contrary, we are witnessing that ICE is still harassing our communities and family members. The covert and sudden nature of recent raid in Foxboro continues to traumatize our communities.

Also, our brothers and sisters from Haiti that have been criminalized have received no assurance that their deportation procedures will be revoked, as their homeland is completely destroyed and chances to rebuild their lives are slim. TPS should be granted for all.

Mostly important, we still do not have a strong signal from the Obama administration and our state representatives in Congress about a fair and just immigration reform. In Massachusetts, advocacy groups have been working with Rep. Gutierrez in a new bill.

The current political scenario in the United States during Obama administration gives little hope. It is time for us in Massachusetts to strengthen our work through a united and coordinated manner.

The Massachusetts Resist the Raids! Network wants to work with you to accomplish our common goals. Resist the Raids! Network is a grassroots-led effort to stop the raids and deportations in Massachusetts and elsewhere.

Spread the word about our retreat and organize a small delegation from your town or neighborhood to Boston in January 30th.

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