“Butterflies Know No Borders,” Benefit Dinner to Support El Comite’s Work

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Butterflies Know No Borders”

El Comité (formerly “El Comité for Immigration Reform and Social Justice)

Annual Fundraising Dinner- November 8th 2014   5:00 to 7:30 P.M.

ST Mary’s Church 611- 20th Ave S. Seattle 98144

“El Comité” is a social justice organization based in Seattle, Washington. It is our purpose to help provide the Latino immigrant community in Washington State a voice and forum for advocating for rights and for pursuing a change in policy that will ensure passage of just immigration reform legislation that respects workers’ rights and is consistent with our values in addressing the civil and human rights of all workers, regardless of documented status. We work at achieving this goal by sponsoring informational workshops, community general assemblies, providing logistical and organizational and leadership training for community members.

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Support our work by becoming a sponsor.

□       Full page acknowledgement in program $ 400

□       Half-page acknowledgement in program $ 200

□       ¼One Quarter -page acknowledgement in program $ 100

Return forms by November 3rd to be listed on the Program Book. Send camera ready work to mbramos@comcast.net

 

Check Enclosed – Please make check payable to: “EL Comité” P.O. Box 1896 Issaquah WA 98027

Please bill: Company/Organization:_________________________________________________________

Address:  ______________________________________   _____________________________

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Table Reservation Information

 REGISTER RETURNING THIS FORM TO:  EL Comite, P.O. Box 1896 Issaquah WA 98027

 OR GO ONLINE AT:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6GNCLD6 

We will purchase _____(Table/s) $ 480 per table)Total cost: $_______________

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Our sponsorship will donate (circle one):  1    2    3    4     5    6    7    8     9    10   seats to Low Income Community member or students

Our company/organization will be unable to attend but wish to donate $______________

Thank you for your support

If you need more information, please call Bocanegra at (206) 354-8376 orinfo@elcomitewa.org

Press Release from NCFHR on Obama Administration’s Reluctance on Immigrant Rights.

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Press Release from the National Committee for Fair and Humane Immigration Reform, of which we are a member. Read Below. 

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Contact Persons:

Carlos Arango, (773) 988-1408carango957@aol.com – Chicago

Juan Jose Bocanegra, (206) 650-2106bocajj1@comcast.net- Seattle

Armando Vasquez-Ramos, (562)-972-0986 -armando.vazquez-ramos@csulb.edu – Long Beach

Nativo Lopez, (714) 423-4800nativolopez@yahoo.com – Los Angeles/Orange

 

 

OBAMA EXECUTIVE ACTION DELAY CALLED DECEPTIVE

 

A CALL FOR POLITICAL INDEPENDENCE FROM PARTIES

 

 

The National Coordinating Committee 2014 for Fair and Humane Immigration Reform qualifies President Barack Obama’s decision to delay any administrative relief to the undocumented immigrant communities until after the November mid-term elections as politically deceptive and manipulative not only to immigrant families but to the electorate at large. 

 

“Each day that the president delays administrative relief through executive action another 1,000 persons are separated from their loved ones and deported, and thus, more families devastated and undermined economically,” stated Carlos Arango of the Alliance for Immigrants Rights in Chicago, Illinois.  More than two million deportations have occurred during the last six years of the Obama presidency.

 

“Another deception added to many previously committed against immigrant communities is how we interpret this latest broken promise by Obama,” declared Professor Armando Vasquez-Ramos of California-Mexico Studies Center based in Long Beach, California.  “He has clearly defined his remaining years as lame duck Deporter-in-Chief, and this will be his legacy,” concluded Vasquez-Ramos.

 

“Obama cannot be trusted in matters of immigration, if any for that matter.  He has executed the most systematic all-encompassing state apparatus to perpetuate the vulnerability of immigrant workers and their families, particularly Mexicans and Latinos generally, than any other period of American history,” observed Nativo Lopez, advisor to Hermandad Mexicana of Los Angeles, California.

 

“If there was any time for Latino voters to consider political independence from both major political parties, Democrat and Republican, now is the time,” commented Juan Jose Bocanegra of the May Day Coalition in Seattle, Washington.  “President Obama has taken the Latino community and voter for granted and has put party interests over the broad humanitarian interests of millions of hard-working families,” he charged.

 

The National Coordinating Committee 2014 is now preparing to convene consultative assemblies within immigrant communities nationally to discuss influencing the immigrant rights movement towards independence of political parties, but focused on holding the president to his new promise of executive action before the end of 2014. 
 
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PRESS RELEASE: Labor Day Rally at Westlake Plaza on Monday, September 1, 2014.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Contact: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition,
ph: 206.650.2106, email: info@elcomitewa.org,

Labor Day Rally at Westlake Plaza to be held on Monday September 1 2014.

SEATTLE – El Comité, the May 1st Action Coalition, and social justice advocates will hold a rally in support of the 11 million plus undocumented workers in the United States as well as the various workers across the country that are struggling for dignity and respect in the workplace. Event details are as follows:

 

What: Labor Day Rally at Westlake Plaza.
Who: Endorsing Organizations include: El Comité, the May 1st Action Coalition, Communities for a Public Health Coalition, CASA Latina.
When: Monday September 1, 2014. The event will begin at 11:00 am, and will end at 1:00 pm.
Where: The rally will be held at Westlake Plaza, at 4th Avenue and Pike Street, downtown Seattle.

 

Background
The rally at Westlake Plaza will focus on two key political demands:
1) That Obama Administration take action in deferring the deportations of the 11+ million undocumented workers and their families as well as the unaccompanied youth, some of whom have been reported to have been killed after being returned “home”.
2) An end to the cuts to the public health department. The proposed cuts will devastate services to many minority, low income, native and immigrant communities in Auburn, the Muckleshoot reservation, Federal Way, White Center, Northgate, Vashon Island and will severely limit services at Columbia City clinic.
After the rally we are planning to join the MLK Jr County Labor Council’s annual Bbq. Please join us.

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph: 206.650.2106, email: info@elcomitewa.org.

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PRESS RELEASE: Rally in Support of Unaccompanied Youth to be held on Monday July 28 2014.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: Sunday, July 27, 2014

 

Contact: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition,
ph: 206.650.2106, email: info@elcomitewa.org.

 

Rally in Support of Unaccompanied Youth to be held on Monday July 28 2014.

 

SEATTLE – El Comité, the May 1st Action Coalition, and social justice advocates will hold a rally in support of the unaccompanied youth arriving to the U.S. as refugees. Event details are as follows:

What: Rally in Support of Unaccompanied Youth.
Who: El Comité, the May 1st Action Coalition, and social justice advocates.
When: Monday July 28th, 2014. The event will begin at 3:00 pm, and will end at 7:00 pm.
Where: The rally will be held in front of the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Marion Street, downtown Seattle.

Background
The rally and demonstration was called for as a means of showing support for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied youth that have arrived in the U.S. over the last year. Given the desperate conditions, including threats of imminent violence, poverty, and the absence of opportunities, that force these young people to flee their places of origin, we urge the Obama administration to issue an Executive Order to allow the young people to stay in the U.S. as refugees, and to defer action on Deportations for the 11+ Million undocumented people and their families.

EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph: 206.650.2106, email: info@elcomitewa.org.

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Thousands take to the streets of Seattle for the 14th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 2, 2014

 

Contact: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition,

ph: 206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

 

Thousands take to the streets of Seattle for the 14th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights.

Participants voiced the need for a livable wage for all workers and a cease to indiscriminate deportations that tear families apart.

 

SEATTLE – An estimated 7 to 10,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle to participate in the 14th Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Right. The events began at Judkins Park at 2:00 p.m., with a brief program that included music, speeches, and logistical announcements for the march. Participants then filed westbound, on Lane Street to start the March at 3:00 pm. At around 3:30, the march departed from St. Mary’s Church, with Danza Ce Atl Tonalli, setting the tone.

 

Despite a detour from the regular march path of years past, due to construction on the western portion of Jackson Street, the march still drew a larger attendance than last year. The march swelled, with contingents of groups joining along the way on Jackson Street and 20th Avenue, along Boren Avenue, as well as on several street corners along First Hill, and Downtown Seattle. Included among these groups, were contingents for organized labor and for a coalition of activist youth groups from the Seattle area.

 

The march concluded at Westlake Park, as thousands streamed in from 4th Avenue. Dr. Reverend Leslie D. Braxton addressed the crowd, speaking on the need to join as a larger social justice community. “We have the power, and the tools to work for what is right! When we join our immigrant brothers and sisters. When we join our brothers and sisters in labor. When we join our brothers and sisters struggling for a dignified wage. When we join our brothers and sisters in the Black community. In the Latino Community. In the Native community. In the Asian community. We will see a better, more just society.”

 

Councilmember Kshama Sawant also offered remarks on the struggle for worker justice. “It is your presence, your continued push, that has forced the city to acknowledge the need for a livable minimum wage. You made a profound statement. That we are not playing around, we are not playing around with peoples’ lives. Workers deserve more, and we say no, to deduction in wages for tips, and we say no to deducting health care from workers’ hourly wage. We don’t have time to wait while many workers live in poverty.”

 

Other speakers at the rally also addressed larger regional issues, with updates on the ongoing campaign by immigrants that are detained at the Northwest Detention Center. One speaker detailed the conditions in the Tacoma-based center, which include inadequate medical care, poor nutrition that is provided, unreasonable charges for communicating with family via telephone, and mistreatment and neglect by center staff in general. These grievances were what lead to a hunger strike in late February. The campaign for better conditions is ongoing.

 

There was also a call to continue the Boycott of Sakuma Farms products by members of the organization Familias Unidas por la Justicia in Skagit County. Workers have been in a labor dispute over work conditions and wage theft over the last year. They will hold a march for Farmworker Dignity on Sunday, May 4th in Bellingham.

 

The rally was also aided by the musical duo, Latin Rose and Jack Mozie, who performed at the beginning and conclusion of the event.  Jack noted, “I’ve been fighting for Social Justice since the marriage equality campaign with Social Outreach Seattle. Together we worked on a music video for an immigration anthem I wrote that calls for comprehensive immigration reform that is inclusive of the LGBT community.”

 

“This for me was such an honor and privilege that I cried when Juan Bocanegra called me and asked if I could sing for May Day,” said Ruth Alfaro, who goes by the stage name, Latin Rose. “When I saw all my people marching and chanting for the same cause… It made my soul sing! When I started singing the song that I made for the Latin and LGBTQ community called Vive La Vida I got such a rush, this moment is what I was born for!…No more deportations, no more discrimination, freedom and justice for all!

 

For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph: 206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em:  info@elcomitewa.org, Twitter Tag: #May1stSea.

 

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Endorsing Organizations for the 2014 May Day March

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NROC/Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA)

SEIU 6

SEIU Healthcare 775NW

SEIU WA State Council

Aerospace Machinists Lodge 751

Social Justice Fund NW

PUSO

Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites

Socialist Workers Party

AFT Local 1789

Community Alliance for Global Justice

El Centro de la Raza

BAYAN USA Pacific Northwest

Casa Latina

Teamsters Local 117

UNITE HERE Local 8

American Friends Service Committee

Washington New Sanctuary Movement

St. Mary’s Church

Washington State Labor Council

WFSE 304

UAW Local 4121

Martin Luther King County Labor Council

One America

AFT Local 1789

Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action

Seattle Youth Coalition – Anakbayan, Seattle Young People’s Project, API Chaya, Youth Speaks, MEChA de UW, Youth Undoing Institutionalized Racism (YUIR), Poets with a Purpose, Revolutionary Minds

Entre Hermanos

Solid Ground

Eat for Equity

15 Now!

Seattle ILWU Pensioners Club

Working Washington

Ce Atl Tonalli

Seattle NOW

Laborers Local 242

Laborers Local 440

Faith Action Network

 Got Green

SEIU Local 49

SEIU Local 925

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

SEIU 1948 Public School Employees of WA

LELO

ACLU of Washington

OPEIU Local 8

Orgullo P’urhepecha

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