Update from United for a Better Future!

Amigos del concilio,

 The Hispanic American Council, NAACP of Kalamazoo, ISAAC, Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center, the Association of Kalamazoo for Justice, National Council of La Raza and the YWCA of Kalamazoo joined forces to create the coalition United for a Better Future. The coalition’s goal is to create a better world for all children by solving social justice issues. The coalition’s first strive towards social justice will be achieving comprehensive immigration reform.

Last evening, the coalition hosted its kick-off community meeting. Over 250 community members, elected official and volunteers attended the meeting to join arms and begin the movement towards reform. The meeting was a huge success and a step in the right direction.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services of Detroit attended with three representatives who discussed how to avoid fraud and encouraged Hispanics in the area to ask questions, make appointments and come into their office for assistance throughout the citizenship process. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety also spoke assuring the community they are here, in Kalamazoo, to reduce the crime rate and are not interested in immigration status. Two individuals gave their personal testimonies about their battles with the immigration and what comprehensive immigration reform would mean to them. A representative from each of the organizations that represent United for a Better Future spoke briefly on their support of immigration reform. Congressman Fred Upton also spoke at the meeting about his support of the movement, and his goal—to see a bill on the President’s desk by the end of this year. Finally, the meeting ended with a call to action by the community members.

We invite all of you to the next community meeting on February 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Hispanic American Council. We hope to see you all there!

As Dr. Charles Warfield stated, “You are not alone,” the Hispanic community is not alone, together with the coalition and the entire community locking arms, we will achieve comprehensive immigration reform

As I stated last night, “Tonight is not only about immigration, tonight is not only about undocumented families. It is about unity, it’s about social justice, and it’s about democratic principles.”

Mil gracias a todos,

Lori Mercedes
Executive Director
Hispanic American Council

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