NDLON Reacts to President’s Comments on Immigration Reform to Law Enforcement

Today, President Obama met with representatives from several major national law enforcement agencies, commenting on the possibility of Congressional action on immigration reform and blaming House Republicans for lack of action. His full remarks are available below. In response, NDLON Executive Director Pablo Alvarado issued the following statement:

“The President's remarks on immigration today are more of an indictment of his own policies than of Congress's failure to allow a vote. President Obama's policies, not Republicans in Congress, have led to the Arizonification of the country. It borders on becoming a political crime for President Obama to decry the very status quo he created. While there is unity among immigrant rights advocates on the need for Speaker Boehner to allow a vote, there is equal consensus that the President should end his failed experiment to use police and sheriffs as so-called ‘force multipliers’ for immigration enforcement. That policy has been a catastrophe. Particularly if statutory immigration reform were to be signed into law this year, there would be heightened need for President Obama to end Secure Communities and programs like it in order to ensure immigrants have safe passage on the metaphorical road to citizenship contemplated in the Senate proposal. In related news, Santa Cruz, California is the latest local jurisdiction to rebel against President Obama's signature deportation program."

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Martes, 22 Octubre 2013 14:24

Aloe Blacc "Wake Me Up" Music Video

 

Aloe Blacc

Aloe BlaccBorn in Southern California to Panamanian parents, Blacc released his first hip-hop mixtape in 1996 and was associated with the indie hip-hop scene for many years thanks to his rap duo Emanon (alongside DJ Exile) before going solo. In 2006, he signed to Stones Throw Records and released his genre-bending, debut solo album, Shine Through, followed by 2010's, Good Things, concocting a vintage yet current sound. Good Things, which has been certified gold in France, Germany, and the U.K., included the single "I Need A Dollar," which went on to sell over two million copies worldwide. In 2012, Blacc was nominated for two BRIT Awards (Best International Male Solo Artist and Best International Breakthrough Act). Currently his song "Wake Me Up" is Number 1 on the charts in more than 63 countries.

The Cast

HarethHareth Andrade Ayala is a immigrants’ rights leader in the state of Virginia. She has spent her teen years traveling across the nation to share her family's story. And recently to fight to stop her own father's deportation.
[sign the petition for Hareth's dad here]

 

 

Margarita ReyesMargarita Reyes is a Los Angeles actress and producer whose 's first guest star appearance on prime time was opposite Emmy-award winning actress Alfre Woodard on the television series The Practice. She is currently starring in the film "Combat Ready". Despite being born in the US, Margarita was deported as a child alongside her mother. Much of her work focuses on the issues of Latino and immigrant youth.

 

Augustin AlvarezAgustín Chiprez Alvarez has been in the US for 18 years. He is a proud father of an infant son and, like in the video, seeks work on Los Angeles day laborer corners to provide for his family. He is a songwriter and first became involved in acting through fellow actor Jose Mangandi at Teatro Jornalero.

 

Director: Alex Rivera

alex-at-camera-hi-300x199Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who, for the past fifteen years, has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories.

His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science-fiction feature set on the U.S./Mexico border, won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, was screened as part of ‘New Directors / New Films’ at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center, and had a commercial release in the U.S, France, Japan, and other countries around the world.

Alex is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Fellow, USA Artist Fellow, Creative Capital grantee and in 2008 was named one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Directors to Watch.” His recent collaborations have included work with Manu Chao, Ana Tijoux, La Santa Cecilia and Maria Hinojosa. Alex studied at Hampshire College and lives between New York and Los Angeles.

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Martes, 22 Octubre 2013 14:24

Aloe Blacc "Wake Me Up" Music Video

 

Aloe Blacc

Aloe BlaccBorn in Southern California to Panamanian parents, Blacc released his first hip-hop mixtape in 1996 and was associated with the indie hip-hop scene for many years thanks to his rap duo Emanon (alongside DJ Exile) before going solo. In 2006, he signed to Stones Throw Records and released his genre-bending, debut solo album, Shine Through, followed by 2010's, Good Things, concocting a vintage yet current sound. Good Things, which has been certified gold in France, Germany, and the U.K., included the single "I Need A Dollar," which went on to sell over two million copies worldwide. In 2012, Blacc was nominated for two BRIT Awards (Best International Male Solo Artist and Best International Breakthrough Act). Currently his song "Wake Me Up" is Number 1 on the charts in more than 63 countries.

The Cast

HarethHareth Andrade Ayala is a immigrants’ rights leader in the state of Virginia. She has spent her teen years traveling across the nation to share her family's story. And recently to fight to stop her own father's deportation.
[sign the petition for Hareth's dad here]

 

 

Margarita ReyesMargarita Reyes is a Los Angeles actress and producer whose 's first guest star appearance on prime time was opposite Emmy-award winning actress Alfre Woodard on the television series The Practice. She is currently starring in the film "Combat Ready". Despite being born in the US, Margarita was deported as a child alongside her mother. Much of her work focuses on the issues of Latino and immigrant youth.

 

Augustin AlvarezAgustín Chiprez Alvarez has been in the US for 18 years. He is a proud father of an infant son and, like in the video, seeks work on Los Angeles day laborer corners to provide for his family. He is a songwriter and first became involved in acting through fellow actor Jose Mangandi at Teatro Jornalero.

 

Director: Alex Rivera

alex-at-camera-hi-300x199Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who, for the past fifteen years, has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories.

His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science-fiction feature set on the U.S./Mexico border, won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, was screened as part of ‘New Directors / New Films’ at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center, and had a commercial release in the U.S, France, Japan, and other countries around the world.

Alex is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Fellow, USA Artist Fellow, Creative Capital grantee and in 2008 was named one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Directors to Watch.” His recent collaborations have included work with Manu Chao, Ana Tijoux, La Santa Cecilia and Maria Hinojosa. Alex studied at Hampshire College and lives between New York and Los Angeles.

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Immigration reform can and should aim to reduce poverty and boost nation's economic strength.

LOS ANGELES – Civil and immigrant rights leaders from the Latino and African-American communities today urged Congress and the Administration to remain focused on the passage of immigration reform and anti-poverty measures. They emphasized that while Congress continues to focus on important foreign policy and its work to avert a government shutdown, lawmakers must not use that as an excuse to push comprehensive immigration reform and anti-poverty measures off the agenda.

Despite other issues on the Congressional agenda, today’s press conference attendees stressed that Congress must understand that an overhaul in immigration policy is critical for our national and economic security. Currently, it is estimated that 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. 
 

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Los Angeles - In response to the Senate vote on immigration reform, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network released the following statement:
 
"We are deeply disappointed with the unnecessary concessions made by Senate Democrats that have bent to the fears of xenophobes and weakened the reform that so many have struggled for. If undocumented day laborers can stand up to a Sheriff like Arpaio, the leaders in the beltway should be able to find at least a fraction of that same courage.
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In response to the cloture vote on the Corker-Hoeven amendment, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:
 
"The equality of eventual citizens is not something to be bought and sold in exchange for Republican votes, and that's exactly what Senate Democrats have done with the Corker amendment.   At this early stage, lawmakers should be focused on getting the best bill possible from the perspective of those who got them elected, not by sweetening the deal for our nativist opponents.   We only need 60 votes in the Senate to move this process forward and to galvanize our community.  

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Additional Funding for SCAAP Program Incentivizes Dangerous Police/ICE Collaboration

05.09.2013 - Washington, DC
In response to Senate Judiciary Committee passage of the Feinstein 1 amendment, Chris Newman, Legal Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:

Senator Feinstein made the immigration bill worse today, putting both rights and safety in jeopardy.   The Feinstein 1 amendment  approved by committee is straight from the pages of Arizona's playbook. Feinstein 1 increases federal funding for the SCAAP program which threatens public safety by encouraging local police involvement in immigration enforcement. 

As long emphasized by police chiefs and recently confirmed by a survey of Latinos in some of the nation's largest cities, police enforcement of immigration law makes immigrants less likely to call police, leaving crimes unsolved and everyone less safe. By increasing the financial incentive for state and local police to collaborate with ICE, this amendment throws gasoline on a fire and exacerbates the current crisis of confidence in law enforcement.

 
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Progress to Deliver On Mandate for Equality Will Be Measured by Actions, Not Words

05.09.2013 - Washington, DC

Responding to the Senate Judiciary Committee first hearing to mark-up amendments for the "Gang of 8" immigration reform proposal, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:

"There is an undeniable distance between the politics of immigration reform within the beltway and the reality confronting millions of Americans-in-Waiting outside of the nation's capitol.

The momentum for reform is a mandate for equality. The debate between Senators, with few exceptions, fails to recognize that. Instead they are busying themselves appeasing the imagined fears of the Right and paying too little attention to the real fears of law enforcement and deportations that actually do imperil our safety and require action." ###

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