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Florida: El estado de nuestras comunidades

Familias inmigrantes y trabajadoras de la Florida responden al Estado de la Unión hablando sobre el estado de nuestras comunidades

El martes 28 de enero, grupos de la Florida promovieron un “Discurso del Pueblo” con un evento en Miami y un foro en Twitter para responder al discurso del Presidente Obama sobre el estado de la unión y preguntar a las diversas comunidades de la Florida si se habló de los temas que más les importan. Los temas a los que la gente prestó más atención incluyeron inmigración, el salario mínimo y acceso a atención médica.

Decenas de familias de inmigrantes, trabajadores de bajos ingresos, jóvenes y otros miembros de la comunidad se unieron a la Coalición de Inmigrantes de la Florida y 1Miami en la Pequeña Habana, mientras que muchos más se participaron en la conversación en línea utilizando el hashtag #pplsSOTU.

“El Presidente dedicó apenas 30 segundos para hablar de la reforma migratoria, el tema que afecta directamente a 11 millones de personas y que más le importa a 53 millones de latinos”, dijo Jonathan Fried, director ejecutivo de WeCount! “Una vez más, el presidente Obama mencionó que apoya la reforma migratoria; pero hablar de ella no va a mantener a nuestras familias unidas cuando están siendo separadas a diario. El Presidente puede demostrar que realmente se preocupa por nuestras familias al parar las deportaciones ahora y aliviar el sufrimiento de nuestras comunidades. De lo contrario, seguirá siendo conocido en nuestras comunidades como el jefe de las deportaciones”.

Los participantes en Miami y en las redes sociales aprovecharon la oportunidad para hablar de los problemas reales que afectan a las familias trabajadoras de la Florida, tales como un salario mínimo injusto, no tener acceso a Medicaid y a asistencia médica adecuada.

“Creemos que nuestros políticos no entienden el verdadero estado de nuestras comunidades; viven muy lejos de las realidades que enfrentan nuestras comunidades”, dijo una participante en el grupo.

“Sabemos que el estado de nuestras comunidades no mejorará hasta que nuestro Gobierno local también actúe. Nuestro gobernador puede aceptar miles de millones de dólares federales que pueden ayudar a nuestra economía, crear empleos y salvar vidas, simplemente al permitir que la Florida amplíe la atención de salud”, dijo Eric Brakken, Director de 1Miami. “Nuestra legislatura estatal también es responsable de que el quebrantado sistema migratorio anule el futuro de nuestros estudiantes y haga que nuestras vías sean inseguras. Ellos pueden actuar ahora para salvar vidas y asegurar nuestro futuro al expandir Medicaid, aprobar la matrícula estatal para los jóvenes indocumentados y permitir que los padres y los trabajadores inmigrantes puedan conducir con una licencia. Nuestros funcionarios electos locales tienen tanta responsabilidad como el Gobierno Federal de solucionar los problemas que nos afectan”.

Florida: The State of our Communities

Floridians Respond to the State of our Union Talking About The State Of Our Communities

On Tuesday, January 28th, Floridians hosted a “People’s State of the Union” event in Miami and a statewide twitter forum to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address and ask Florida’s diverse communities if the SOTU spoke to the issues that they care the most about. The issues that the crowd paid closest attention to included immigration, minimum wage and health care.

Dozens of immigrant families, low-income workers, youth and other community groups and members joined the Florida Immigrant Coalition and 1Miami in Little Havana, while over many more Floridians joined the conversation online using the hashtag #pplsSOTU.

“The President spent barely 30 seconds talking about Immigration Reform, the issue that affects 11 million lives and that matters the most for 53 million Latinos,” said Jonathan Fried, Executive Director from WeCount! “Once again, President Obama mentioned he supports immigration reform, but talking won’t keep our families together when they are being separated every day. The President can prove that he truly cares about our families by stopping the deportation of our family members now and easing our communities’ suffering. Otherwise he will still be known in our communities as the deporter-in-chief.”

Participants in Miami and online took this opportunity to talk about the real issues that affect all hard-working families in Florida, such as an unfair minimum wage, not having access to Medicaid and proper health care.

We feel that our politicians do not understand the real state of our communities; they live very far from the realities that our communities face,” said a participant in the crowd.

We know that the state of our communities won’t improve until our local Government also takes action. Our Governor is literally sitting on billions of federal dollars that can build our economy, create jobs and save lives by allowing Florida to expand health care,” said Eric Brakken, Director for 1Miami. “Our State Legislature is also letting the broken immigration system crush our students’ future and make our roads unsafe. They can act now to save lives and secure our future by expanding Medicaid, granting in-state tuition to DREAMers and allowing immigrant parents and workers to drive. Our local elected officials are as responsible as the Federal Government for fixing what’s broken.”

Last Day of Fast in Homestead to Stop Deportations

Fasters ask President Obama to Stop DeportationsTonight, the 7-day fast in Homestead to stop deportations comes to an end.  The fast is the second leg of a National Rolling Fast to Demand #Not1More Deportation taking place in different locations throughout the country.

Over the course of the next two months, fasters hope to bring a moral, prophetic voice to the immigration debate.

The first leg of the fast took place in Mountainview, California, from May 1st to 11th. Following Florida’s turn, the next leg will take place in Freehold, NJ, organized by Casa Freehold and Unión Latina en Acción.

Guadalupe De La Cruz fastsThe fasters are calling on the President to immediately suspend deportations and Congress to pass an immigration reform that’s inclusive of all 11 million undocumented people in the U.S.

One of the fasters, Guadalupe de la Cruz, is a 23-years old daughter of immigrants who was born and raised in South Florida.  She recently shared:

“This is not the end, but just another step in the fight we have to end all raids in Homestead and stop the deportations.  Hearing the stories of people coming out, losing their fear and saying what has happened with their families due to the raids, made me realize this is the place where I belong, supporting the families, fighting this fight”.

For more information about the fast in Homestead, visit WeCount‘s website.

More information on the National Fast available at the #Not1More website.

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:

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50599/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9581

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:

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50599/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9581

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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.

Our Citizenship and FLDream legal clinics are back!

FLIC and several partner organizations are starting 2013 with a punch by organizing a major legal clinic in Miami to assist hundreds of legal permanent residents and undocumented immigrant youth in their path to becoming New Americans.

Kersti volunteers at Citizenship ClinicNext Saturday, January 26th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., we will be at FIU College of Law in South Miami with a Florida New Americans citizenship clinic and an FL Dream Deferred Action clinic. There will be dozens of lawyers and volunteers to help legal permanent residents and DREAMers with their applications.

Florida New Americans is a citizenship program launched by FLIC in 2012. Since then, we successfully celebrated 7 citizenship clinics in Downtown Miami, Little Haiti, North Miami, Homestead and Broward, assisting over 1000 permanent residents and finalizing nearly 700 citizenship applications. Saturday’s citizenship clinic is co-sponsored by FIU and Univision 23.

FLDream Undocumented BannerFL Dream is a campaign to help low-income undocumented youth apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), created in mid 2012 by SWER, Pico Florida, FIU, Americans for Immigrant Justice and the Florida Immigrant Coalition. Since then, FL Dream has organized 10 free legal clinics in Miami, Broward and Homestead, helping approximately 4,000 immigrant families and finalizing close to 1,000 applications.

How can you participate?

To apply for citizenship, check out our Florida New Americans website to know if you qualify, what documents you need to bring, and to schedule an appointment.

To apply for DACA, check out our FL Dream website to know if you qualify, what documents you need to bring, and to schedule an appointment.

This will be the first of several Citizenship and FL Dream clinics FLIC and our partners and friends, plan to host in Florida throughout the year.

We’ll keep you posted on new dates and locations.