Abril 6: Miami Marcha para pedir la Reforma Migratoria Ahora!

El sábado 6 de abril, miles de personas del sur de la Florida marcharán para pedir un nuevo sistema migratorio con un camino a la ciudadanía que sea real e incluyente y que mantenga a las familias unidas.

La marcha iniciará a las 12:00 del medio día en el Parque José Martí de la Pequeña Habana (362 SW 4th Ave, Miami, FL 33130) y terminara en la antorcha de la amistad en el Bayfront Park. Ver el mapa acá 

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Ya es Hora! 12:00 p.m. Concentración en el Parque José Martí. El Arzobispo de Miami, Thomas Wenski, y el Alcalde de la Ciudad de Miami, Tomas Regalado, estarán presentes.

1:00 p.m. Marcha (ver mapa acá)

2:00 p.m. Llegada a la Antorcha de la Amistad en el Bayfront Park

2:30 p.m. Ceremonia simbólica de naturalización

3:00 p.m. Cierre con música en vivo: BachacoKuyayky

April 6: Miami Marches to Say Yes to Immigration Reform NOW!

Saturday, April 6th, thousands of South Floridians will march in Miami to a new immigration system with a real and inclusive path to citizenship that keeps our families together.

The march will start at 12pm in Little Havana’s José Martí Park (362 SW 4th Ave, Miami, FL 33130) and will end at the Torch of Friendship in Bayfront Park. See map here

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Time is Now!12:00 p.m. Concentration at Jose Marti Park. Main speakers include Miami Archbishop Wenski and City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado

1:00 p.m. March (see map of the march route)

2:00 p.m. Estimated arrival at Torch of Friendship, Bayfront Park

2:30 p.m. Symbolic Naturalization Ceremony

3:00 p.m. Closing with live music: Bachaco, Kuyayky

Florida Caravan takes the Calle 8 Festival in Miami!

The Caravan for Immigration Reform “Making the Road to Citizenship” arrives in Miami for its grand finale at the Calle 8 Festival, to raise awareness about the importance of having an immigration reform that provides a real path to citizenship and that keeps families together.

Join us! Don’t forget to bring an orange or white t-shirt!

FL Caravan takes the Calle 8 Festival!

The Florida Caravan started on March 1st in Orlando and Haines City, and traveled through Tampa, Immokalee, West Palm Beach and many other cities. It is part of the National Bus Tour “Keeping Families Together” that is taking place in 19 states and over 90 cities.

After 10 days on the road throughout different parts of Florida (see pictures), the caravan riders will join hundreds of Latinos and other community members on a march through Little Havana that will end at the street festival.

We will call on Senator Rubio and all Members of Congress to say yes to a path to citizenship. We will also invite personalities and artists in the Latino community such as Willy Chirino, Elvis Crespo and others to join their fans in saying yes to immigration reform.

This is an initiative of the Say Yes campaign, a coalition of community and immigrant rights organizations working for a new immigration system that provides a real path to citizenship and keeps Florida’s families together.

La Caravana se toma el Festival de la Calle 8!

La Caravana por la Reforma Migratoria “Abriendo el camino a la ciudadanía” llegará a Miami para su gran final en el Festival de la Calle 8. Ponte una camiseta naranja o blanca y acompáñanos!

Caminata por la Reforma Migratoria

La Caravana de Florida arrancó el 1 de marzo en Orlando y Haines City, y visitó Tampa, Immokalee, West Palm Beach y muchas otras ciudades. Es parte de la Gira Nacional “Familias Unidas Ahora“, que se está llevando a cabo en 19 estados y más de 90 ciudades.

Después de 10 días de recorrido a lo largo de diferentes ciudades de la Florida (ver fotos), los caravanistas se unirán a cientos de latinos y otros miembros de la comunidad en una caminata por la Pequeña Habana, la cual finalizará en el festival.

Juntos haremos un llamado al Senador Marco Rubio y a todos los miembros del Congreso a para que digan que sí a un camino a la ciudadanía. Tambien vamos a invitar a personalidades y artistas de la comunidad latina, como Willy Chirino, Elvis Crespo y otros a unirse a sus fans diciendo que sí a la reforma migratoria.

Esta es una iniciativa de la campaña “Di que sí”, una coalición de organizaciones comunitarias y pro-inmigrantes que trabajan para lograr un nuevo sistema de inmigración que brinde un camino real a la ciudadanía y que mantenga unidas a las familias de la Florida.

Unete a la Caravana por la Reforma Migratoria “Abriendo el camino a la ciudadanía”

SayYesHandLogoSpanishWebDel 1 al 10 de marzo, familias indocumentadas, campesinos y jóvenes soñadores recorrerán la Florida para informar a la comunidad sobre la importancia de una reforma migratoria que mantenga a nuestras familias unidas y brinde un camino a la ciudadanía que sea real e incluyente.

Vamos a compartir nuestras historias de migración, hablaremos sobre cómo el actual sistema de inmigración ha afectado nuestras vidas y separado a millones de familias, y sobre porqué necesitamos un nuevo sistema de inmigración. Por el camino vamos a unirnos a manifestaciones, visitaremos a los campesinos en su labor y participaremos en importantes eventos culturales.

Mira el itinerario, súbete a tu carro y ¡únete a la caravana! ¡Juntos podemos abrir el camino a la ciudadanía!

Viernes 1 de marzo

Orlando, 11 AM: Gran evento con el Rep. Alan Grayson y el Rep. Luis Gutierrez quien vino desde Illinois para sumar su voz y pedir la reforma migratoria. Más información

Haines City, 3 PM: Unete a la Asociación Campesina de la Florida, y los Congresistas Grayson y Gutiérrez para lanzar oficialmente la Caravana por la Florida. Más información

Sábado 2 de marzo

Immokalee, 2 PM: Vamos a visitar la Asociación Campesina de la Florida y unirnos a su asamblea. 321 N first St Immokalee, FL 34142

Domingo 3 de marzo

Fellsmere, 2 PM: Vamos a participar en una asamblea comunitaria con la Asociación Campesina de Fellsmere. Estaremos en 18 S Orange

Fort Pierce, 7:00 PM: Participaremos en un evento cultura con la Coalición Latinoamericana del Treasure Coast. Estaremos en el 2300 Virginia Ave

Lunes 4 de marzo

Apopka, 12:00 PM: Conferencia de Prensa con la Asociación Campesina de la Florida en el 1264 Apopka Boulevard

Apopka, 7 PM: Estaremos en el 1264 Apopka Blvd

Martes 5 de marzo

Lakeland, 1 PM: Vamos a realizar una conferencia de prensa frente a la oficina del Congresista Dennis Ross. 170 Fitzgerald Road, Lakeland, FL
Plant City, 7 PM: Asamblea comunitaria con la comunidad campesina en el 1104 N Alexander St, Plan City, FL

Miércoles 6 de marzo

Tampa, 12 PM: Vamos a visitar la oficina del Senador Marco Rubio para pedirle su apoyo para una camino a la ciudadanía. 3802 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa
Dade City, 5 PM: Asamblea comunitaria con la comunidad campesina en 37240 Lock St, Dade City

Jueves 7 de marzo

Venice, 1 PM: La Caravana se unirá a la Coalición de Trabajadores de Immokalee en una marcha para pedir el trato justo a nuestros campesinos y una reforma migratoria que les permita mantener sus familias unidas. 5800 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL

Sebring, 6 PM: Asamblea comunitaria con la comunidad campesina en 4507 George Blvd., Sebring

Viernes 8 de marzo

Belle Glade, 12 PM: Acompáñanos a un almuerzo con la comunidad campesina en 7450 HWY 15, Belle Glade, FL
West Palm Beach, 6 PM: La comunidad de Palm Beach recibirá a la caravana con un gran evento con música y DJs. Acompáñanos en el Pollo Granjero, 1905 S Military Trail. West Palm Beach. Puedes ver el video promociona acá.

Sábado 9 de marzo

Florida City – Homestead, 5 PM: Acompaña a WeCount! y la Asociación Campesina de la Florida en una marcha por Krome Ave. La marcha iniciará en la Asociación Campesina en el 450 W Davis Pkwy, Florida City, FL 33034

Domingo 10 de marzo

Miami, 2 PM: ¡GRAN FINAL en el Festival de la Calle 8! Cientos participarán en una caminata hacia la Calle 8 para participar en el festival más grande del orgullo latino en el sur de la Florida. El punto de encuentro es la Iglesia San Michael en 2987 W Flagler St. Más información

Join the Florida Caravan for Immigration Reform “Making the Road to Citizenship”

Say Yes Launch MiamiFrom March 1 to the 10th, undocumented families, farmworkers and Dreamers will travel throughout Florida to raise awareness about the importance of an Immigration Reform that keeps our families together and provides a real and inclusive path to citizenship.

We will be sharing our immigration stories, talking about how our current immigration system has affected our lives and separated millions of families, and about why we need a new immigration system. Along the road, we will join rallys, farmworkers in the fields, and important cultural events.

Check out the itinerary, get on your car and JOIN US! Together we can make the road to citizenship!

Friday, March 1st

Orlando, 11 AM: Rally with Rep. Alan Grayson and Rep. Luis Gutierrez who came all the way from Illinois to stand with Floridians in asking for Immigration Reform now. See more info

Haines City, 3 PM: Join the Farmworker Association of Florida, Congressmen Alan Grayson and Luis Gutierrez for the official kick-off of the Florida Caravan. See more info

Saturday, March 2nd

Immokalee, 2 PM: We will visit the Farmworker Association of Florida to join their leadership assembly. 321 N first St Immokalee, FL 34142

Sunday, March 3rd

Fellsmere, 2 PM: Community Assembly with the Farmworkers Association. We will be at 18 S Orange St Fellsmere, FL 2PM

Fort Pierce, 4:00 PM: We will visit the Latin American Coalition of the Treasure Coast for a cultural event. We will be at 2300 Virginia Ave

Monday, Match 4th

Apopka, 12:00 PM: Press Conference with the Farmworkers Association at 1264 Apopka Blvd, Apopka, FL

Apopka, 7:00 PM: Community Townhall. 1264 Apopka Blvd, Apopka, FL

Tuesday, March 5th

Lakeland, 1 PM: Press Conference at Cong. Dennis Ross’ Office. 170 Fitzgerald Road, Lakeland, FL
Plant City, 7 PM: Community Townhall with Farmworkers at 1104 N Alexander St, Plant City, FL

Wednesday, March 6th

Tampa, 12 PM: Press Conference at Senator Marco Rubio’s office. 3802 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa
Dade City, 6 PM: Community Town Hall with farmworkers at 37240 Lock St, Dade City

Thursday, March 7th

Venice, 1 PM: The Florida Caravan will join a Farmworkers’ March organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to demand fair treatment to farmworkers and immigration reform to keep their families together. 5800 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL

Sebring, 6 PM: Community Townhall with Farmworkers at 4507 George Blvd., Sebring

Friday, March 8th

Belle Glade, 12 PM: Lunch with farmworkers at 7450 HWY 15, Belle Glade
West Palm Beach, 6 PM: The Palm Beach community is organizing a cultural event with music and DJs to receive the caravan, at El Pollo Granjero, 1905 S Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Check out their promotional video here

Saturday, March 8th

Florida City – Homestead, 5 PM: Join WeCount! and the Farmworkers Association in a march down Krome Ave. Starting Point: 450 W Davis Pkwy, Florida City, FL 33034.

Sunday, March 10th

Miami, 2 PM: GRAND FINALE at the Calle 8 Festival! Hundreds will walk toward Calle 8 and will join thousands of Latinos to celebrate our culture. The meeting point is St. Michael Church at 2987 W Flagler St. See more info

Senador Rubio, un poco de amor para nuestras familias?

Más allá del debate político, la repuesta del Senador Rubio al mensaje del Presidente este pasado martes fue un momento histórico para nuestro país y especialmente para nuestro estado.

Senator Marco Rubio

El Sen. Rubio, hijo cubano de un barman y una trabajadora del hogar, fue el primer latino en hablarle a la nación entera después del Presidente. Ese momento fue el mejor testimonio de lo que sucede cuando los nuevos americanos reciben una oportunidad equitativa de pertenecer a este país, de mantener sus familias unidas y de labrar su camino a la ciudadanía. Fue un momento especialmente importante pues estaba respondiendo a un Presidente quien es también hijo de un inmigrante africano. Una imagen poderosa de la Nueva America.

Ojalá todas las familias inmigrantes pudieran tener la misma oportunidad. La historia de Rubio sería muy diferente si sus padres hubieran sido deportados, como le sucedes a muchas familias actualmente. Mientras celebras el día del Amor y la Amistad, envíale un mensaje al Sen. Rubio y a tus congresistas, pidiéndoles que demuestran su amor por nuestras familias apoyando un nuevo y mejor sistema de inmigración que funcione para todos, y no solo para algunos.

Hoy en día, miles de familias de la Florida siguen en las sombras necesitando la misma oportunidad, sufriendo la mano dura de las detenciones y deportaciones más costosas de nuestra historia, mientras esperan por décadas para poder reunirse con sus familias. Todas las familias deberían tener la misma oportunidad de labrar su camino hacia el sueño americano, así como lo hizo la familia Rubio.

Envíale un mensaje al Sen. Rubio y a tus congresistas, y pídeles que DIGAN QUE SI a un camino a la ciudadanía que sea real e incluyente para TODAS las familias; pídeles que le DIGAN QUE SI a la Florida. Comparte la historia de tu familia en tu mensaje.

Es hora de que nuestros congresistas escuchen nuestras historias:

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Will Senator Rubio show us some love?

After all political spin subsided on Sen. Marco Rubio’s response to the State of the Union Address, we may have missed a noteworthy moment for our nation and our state.

Senator Marco RubioThe moment Senator Rubio, the Cuban son of a bartender and a domestic worker, with sweat rolling down his temple and water quenching his thirst, became the first Latino to address the nation, he became living testimony of what is possible when New Americans are given a chance to fully belong, keep their families together, and have equal opportunity to citizenship. This was particularly poignant as he responded to our nation’s President, the son of a Kenyan immigrant. A snapshot of the New America.

If only all new or aspiring Americans could have the same opportunity. Rubio’s story may have turned out differently if his parents had faced deportation as so many families do today. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, send a message to Sen. Rubio and your Member of Congress asking them to show our families some love by supporting a new and better immigration system that works equally for all, and not just for some.

Today, there are thousands of Floridian families waiting in the shadows for the same opportunity, suffering at the hands of the most expensive immigration enforcement in our history while waiting in line for decades to be reunited with their families. All families should have the same opportunity to climb the ladder of the American Dream from the bottom-up, just like the Rubio family did.

Send your message to Sen. Rubio and your Member of Congress, and ask them to SAY YES to a real and inclusive roadmap to citizenship for ALL families, ask them to SAY YES to Florida. Share your family story as new or old immigrants.

It’s time for them to hear our stories:

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Undocumented lawyer-to-be invited to State of the Union address by Rep. Kathy Castor

State of the Union audience

Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor invited Florida’s own Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio to President Obama’s State of the Union on Tuesday, February 12. Jose Manuel traveled from central Florida to D.C. today to attend the address as Rep. Castor’s special guest. “I think this is the first time I’ve ever heard of it happening,” Jose Manuel said in a telephone call. “This is an historical moment because I don’t know of any other time when undocumented immigrants have been allowed at the State of the Union address.”

US Rep Kathy Castor invites Godinez Sampiero to SOTU Feb 2013

Source: http://castor.house.gov/

Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio made history when he graduated from Florida State University Law School and passed the Florida Bar exam, then solicited admittance to the Florida Bar as an undocumented immigrant. The Florida Bar is now referring the question to the Florida Supreme Court.

Rep. Castor announced her invitation publicly Monday, February 11 at a press event outside the offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Tampa, Fla. She posed for photos with Jose Manuel and took questions from reporters.  Following the event, Rep. Castor wrote on her Facebook page:

“I am honored to have as my guest for tomorrow’s State of the Union Address, Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio. He graduated valedictorian of his class at Armwood High School and went on to attend Florida State Law School. His story is representative of so many young people in my district and across the nation who deserve Comprehensive Immigration Reform that will permanently create a pathway to citizenship. I will continue to fight to make their dream a reality.”

Rep. Castor is in her fourth term of serving the Tampa Bay area in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I think it is great,” Jose Manuel said about the representative’s endorsement of immigration reform. “We need more people to ‘Say Yes’: we need 216 in the House, 60 in the Senate, and one president to ‘Say Yes.’”

Read the full press release from Rep. Castor’s office here.