MCHR Statement on the Human Rights of Dreamers and Action Steps to Stand in Solidarity with Dreamers

Dreamers have earned the right to have Congress enact due process legislation that will enable Dreamers to acquire citizenship as soon as possible. They have more than paid the price to be freed of the harsh penalties imposed by a broken immigration system that, in its impact, violates the spirits of our most fundamental national values.

These core values are expressed in our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and its many Amendments that have made us an inclusive democratic nation. We must be guided, not by the defense of bad laws, but by the universal principle that all human being are endowed with the unalienable right to the pursuit of liberty and justice.  The guarantee of human rights must be extended to the parents who raised the Dreamers to become “good citizens” in the moral sense of the term. 

Let us stop scapegoating immigrants and their children for the workings of a corrupted political system that has created an extreme inequality of wealth among our own birthright citizens.  Let us fix the bad laws.  Let us fix our nation and free ourselves of the nightmare created by a misguided vision of who “we” are.

 

Here’s how YOU can take action in solidarity with Dreamers:

Dreamers must re-register for their DACA status by October 5, 2017 or face potential deportation.

Michigan United is holding re-registration workshops

every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM

at the LA SED Senior Center, 7500 W. Vernor Hwy in Detroit.

“Volunteers at these workshops will screen the applicants, assist the attorneys, answer questions, deliver know-your-rights information, and bring more people into the fight for the DREAM and HOPE acts.”  

Michigan United needs 30 volunteers to help us run DACA renewal workshops over the next 3 weeks. 

Other MIunited Registration Sites and Dates:

Sunday  9/17,  4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, African Bureau of Immigration & Social Affairs, 17500 Northland Park Ct., Southfield, MI

Friday  9/29,  4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Centro Multicultural La Familia, 35 W Huron St #500, Pontiac, MI

REGISTER at www.miunited.org to renew your status at the workshop or to register to volunteer as a trainer.  You can also call Caitlin at 989.551.2248.

Check the Michigan United Website for forthcoming seminars and training sessions.

LA SED (Latinos for Social and Economic Development), 4138 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, MI 48210 is “a 501c3 non-profit agency serving Hispanics and residents of Southwest Detroit since 1969.”  It provides confidential personal counseling and referrals for citizens, legal residents and unauthorized immigrants.  lasedinc.org

Michigan United, 4405 Wesson St., Detroit 48210 is a Multi-issue Social Justice Organization that provides information and training for persons who want to be involved in the advancement of social justice causes.  It is the leading organization in Michigan in pressuring public officials to respect the human rights of unauthorized immigrants and dreamers. miunited.org

 

Other Major Pro-immigrant Organizations in Michigan

Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), 220 E. Huron Street, Suite 600A
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 provides information and training to a variety of clients who support the human rights of unauthorized immigrants.  It is collaborating with Michigan United to develop a Michigan Immigrant Platform to set standard practices for Michigan State agencies in the treatment of unauthorized immigrant.  Consult its website for the latest news on the pro-immigrant movement. michiganimmigrant.org.  Phone: 734-239-6863. Email: mirc@mighiganimmigrant.org.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, 2966 Woodward Ave. Detroit, Michigan, 48201, has provided legal defense for the rights of citizens and non-citizens in Michigan since 1955.  The national organization was founded in 1920.  It has organized a People Power Campaign to organize public demonstrations and call-ins on key issues.

aclumich.org and aclumich.org/key-issues/immigrant-rights. 313.578.6800.

Support the Dreamers and Unauthorized Immigrants From Anywhere:

Contact Your Senator

Phone the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 888.410.410.0619 or (202) 224-3121.

A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

Find your senator by state at the top of the webpage:

www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/How_to_correspond_senators.htm

Contact Your House Representative

House of Representatives Switchboard 888.496.3502

Find your House Representative and Phone by city

www.callyourrep.co

Find your House Representative by Zip Code

www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

MCHR Statement on Charlottesville

MCHR denounces the violence perpetuated by neo-Nazis and members of the KKK at the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA last week. While we condemn their actions, let us not forget that those carrying torches and spewing hatred are not an aberration. Rather, this is our nation’s legacy from its inception. White supremacy is this country’s original sin. Its continued existence in our neighborhoods, schools, place of businesses, houses of worship, and, yes, ourselves, needs to be confronted and rooted out.

While we must take to the streets to confront the hatred, the real work needs to take place closer to home, beginning with ourselves. The harder work is challenging the racism that is deeply embedded in the interactions and institutions that are part of our daily lives, racism that we too often deny or silently accept.

White supremacy takes root in the soil of white silence. What happened in Charlottesville and what is happening around the country at hate rallies and in our own hometowns is the predictable fruit of that silence.

Silence is violence. MCHR refuses to remain silent in the face of hatred, racism, and bigotry. This is a moment of crisis that demands a firm and unified response. MCHR is committed to standing on the side of decency, justice, and human rights.

2017 MCHR Annual Dinner

Good news! We have reached capacity on the dinner! We can ensure that everyone who has already purchased seats to date are accommodated. Any reservation received after today will go on a waiting list. Reservations for the reception only ($60) are still being accepted. Call (313) 579- 9071 for details.

 

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Thank you for supporting MCHR and our amazing award recipients!

MCHR Post-Trump Election Take on Hate Statement

Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Take on Hate Action Statement

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has been followed by a sharp rise in hate incidents against immigrants, African Americans, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ community members and women.   These attacks have taken place both in private and public locations, including work places, universities and k-12 schools.  The Southern Poverty Law Center surveyed 867 hate incidents in all 50 states just ten days after the election.  It has mapped the location of 892 hate groups operating throughout the nation.  The resulting climate of hate and fear has particularly affected school children and created a widespread problem for administrators and teachers of restoring an atmosphere of safety and security for young learners.*

The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights calls for the condemnation of all divisive, toxic and bigoted rhetoric, harassment, and physical violence against any community or group. It calls for the increased vigilance by public authorities and citizens at all levels to secure the protection and safety of our most vulnerable communities.  MCHR calls for a national collaboration of all groups and individuals that share a commitment to human rights in order to serve as a bulwark against the validation of intolerance that has emerged from the presidential campaigns this past year.

* Sources:splcenter.org; Southern Poverty Law Center, Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election, November 2016; and After Election Day: The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools, November, 2016.

MCHR is an interfaith non-profit organization founded in 1980 by Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, the late Rabbi Richard Hertz and the late Episcopal Bishop H. Coleman McGehee. MCHR promotes awareness of, commitment to, and advocacy for human rights through education, community organization, and action. MCHR opposes forces that suppress human dignity, freedom, and justice locally and around the world. MCHR also organizes and sponsors Freedom Tours that take high school students to civil rights sites in the south to educate them about our nation’s civil rights history and inspire them to be our future justice leaders. Visit us at mchr.org

 

 

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Founders’ Day Event!

A huge thanks goes out to everyone who came out to Marygrove College on 11/10 for our annual Founders’ Day event!

 

Thanks to Asha Noor from Take on Hate for her amazing talk on where we go after the election.

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Thanks to Jeffery Montgomery, who posthumously won the Founders’ Award for his groundbreaking activism on behalf of the LGBTQIA community and to his brother John Montgomery who spoke and accepted the award on his behalf.

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Thanks to Ellis Cox,  2016 Freedom Tour student, who came up to speak on how Freedom Tour affected him and his life and thanks to MCHR board member Bob Ingalls who made a great short video (that will be posted here soon) showcasing the trip.

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Thanks to all who came! Keep fighting!