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AUDIO FILE: Three Speakers From Immigrant Freedom Ride Send Off

Sunday, September 21, 2003, at 1:00 at Pioneer Square in Portland Oregon a rally was held to honor those who are traveling back to the east coast to focus public attention on immigrant rights and the injustices of current immigration policies.
Inspired by the Freedom Riders of the Civil Rights Movement, immigrant workers and their allies will set out from Portland and 9 other major U.S. cities and cross the country in buses on September 23rd, 2003. They (over 900 Freedom Riders) will converge on Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress and then travel to Liberty State Park in New Jersey October 3, and then Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, New York for a mass rally on October 4, 2003.
Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride
The goal of the IWFR is to demonstrate a broad national constituency for meaningful reform of immegration laws while also encouraging civic paticipation by new and future citizens. In particular, IWFR will educate the public and elected officials about three key requirements of a new immigration policy:
* Reward Work by granting legal status to hardworking, taxpaying, law-abiding immigrant workers already established in the United States;
* Renew our Democracy by clearing the path to citizenship and full political participation for our newest Americans;
* Restore labor protections so thatr all workers, including immigrant workers, have the right to fair treatment on the job;
*. Reunite families in a timely fashion by streamlining our outdated immigration policies;
* Respect the civil rights and civil liberties of us all so that immigrants are treated equally under the law, the federal government remains subject to checks and balances and civil laws are meaningful enforced.

Unions and organizations represented there, those that I was able to identify from banners, etc. were:
Oregon Action;
Hotel Employees Restaurant Employess, Local 9;
SEIU, Local 49;
United Food and Commerial Workers, Local 55;
PCUN

This is a 10 minute audio file of three short presentations made at that rally, in English and translated into Spanish. First was a speaker who spoke to why this Freedom Ride is necessary. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to catch his name. Next was Jeff Richardson of the Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees Union, Local 9, followed by Ramon Rameriz of PCUN, which is the Pineros Y Campesinos Unidos Del Noroeste, Northwest Treeplanters and Farm Workers United.
For more information about the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride contact the Portland IWFR Committee at: Jeff Richardson, HERE @503/230-2304; Judy O'Connor, NWLC @ 503/235-9444; or Samuel Davila, CAUSA at 503/763-1694; Ramon Rameriz at 503-989-0073.
Freedom Riders Rally

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Creative Layout? 22.Sep.2003 12:36

Jim Lockhart

No, actually, somehow I screwed this up. If it's too much of a chore to read go to
http://www.PhilosopherSeed.org/audio.htm

Having a real lousey HTML Day 22.Sep.2003 13:39

Jim

The link, hopefully together this time, to the audio page is
www.PhilosopherSeed.org/audio.htm

Jim 22.Sep.2003 14:01

pdxtech

I'll see if I can help clean things up a bit.

Fuck these people 22.Sep.2003 21:54

native Oregonian

If these people have so little respect for our laws that they would illegally enter our country, consume resources our citizen are entitle to. I am sure I will hear how these people pay taxes, that is to say they pay their way. This is not the case however; they enroll their children in our schools at $10,000 per child which is paid for by property taxes. If they do not own property then they are not paying their way. According to friends who are enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan as many as half the enrollees illegal aliens. These funds should be spent on citizen of the U.S.A. and residents of Oregon. Let these people go steal from their own country government not mine.

Fuck the above commentor 22.Sep.2003 22:23

GRINGO STARS

For the most part, these immigrants work the jobs that no one else will, because they get paid practically slave labor rates. They are making precious little, yet because of the disparity of their pay versus the labor they contribute, they add *a lot* to the greater economy. If anything, they deserve your praise, because without them the NW's agricultural industry would have to pay (gasp) LEGALrates for labor, putting even large agribusinesses out of commission. Many of these illegal immigrants are from families that have worked in Oregon from before stategood was granted. How long was YOUR family in Oregon. By the way, if you are an "Oregon native" then what tribe are you from? Chinook? Don't use that "native" schitt if you're of european descent, because it's a lie.

welcome to the 21st century 22.Sep.2003 22:28

Jefferson

There was a time when the majority of people believed that only property owners should have certain rights. Thankfully, those times have passed. Many of us have recognized the virtues of mutual aid and support and the value, to ourselves, our community, and our country, of working toward and encouraging the benefit and betterment of all, for the benefit and betterment of all. Selfishness has not led us to happiness; generosity just might.

property owners only 22.Sep.2003 23:09

mom

wow, by that weird commenters thinking no renters could send their children to school either!!
Maybe he thinks that 'legal' renters pay property taxes as part of their rent/ well so do the undocumented.
Undocumented folks pay taxes at a much higher rate as they cannot get tax refunds!!!

Duh 23.Sep.2003 02:59

native (born in oregon)

Yes you our right, immigrants do pay property taxes BUT only a small proportion of their RENT goes to the payment of property taxes which supports schools. Approximately 10% of their rent would go to fund the schools. However this is only a small portion of what it cost to educate these illegal's children, the rest is paid by the rest of us. This deprives citizen of the resources. I know a number of out of work legal's who need jobs yet are unable to find because there are more persons who need jobs than there are jobs. If illegals did not have these jobs others could acquirer them and support their families.

Right Gringo star 23.Sep.2003 09:49

native Oregon

For the most part, these immigrants work the jobs that no one else will

I have friends who would take any job they can get, but for some reason they seem to be taken by illegals,

because they get paid practically slave labor rates

how much do you think they would be making if they stayed in their country? Much less!.

They are making precious little, yet because of the disparity of their pay versus the labor they contribute, they add *a lot* to the greater economy. If anything, they deserve your praise, because without them the NW's agricultural industry would have to pay

this is a joke, I do not see anyone forcing them to come here, as a matter of fact they do much better here (gulp)

(gasp) LEGAL rates for labor, putting even large agribusinesses out of commission.

Babble, what are you talking about?

Many of these illegal immigrants are from families that have worked in Oregon from before stategood

Don't you mean statehood? This is nonsense, take a look at census information from the 1860's. Try reading the Oregon constitution also you might learn something about history.

was granted. How long was YOUR family in Oregon. By the way, if you are an "Oregon native" then what tribe are you from?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines "native" as born or originating somewhere: born or originating in a particular place or relating to somebody because of birth: relating or belonging to somebody or something because of the place or circumstances of birth
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Reward work, change outdated immigration laws 23.Sep.2003 15:20

*

The goals of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride are to put an end to the need for illegal immigration and for all the social ills that accompany it, such as exploitation in the workplace and low wages that keep people living below the poverty line. The fact of the matter is that, whatever your opinion is on immigration, the laws currently in place are outdated in ineffective. The Freedom Ride is stressing the importance of giving illegal immigrants a chance to legalize their status through work, allowing families to join immigrants in the US (currently it takes over a decade for a legal resident or naturalized citizen to bring their family members to the US, which encourages family members to enter illegally rather than waiting for so long), and to provide a path to citizenship so that legal residents can have a voice and vote in this country. If a program such as this is put in place, it will discourage further illegal immigration and grant legal residency to the many undocumented workers in the country today.
It is important to understand that the issue here is not opening the borders or encouraging mass migration, the issue is developing a just system through which workers could be rewarded for their years of work in the US and could legalize their status. There are already millions of undocumented workers in the US who are doing necessary jobs and have lived here for years-- it is time to put an end to this situation through changing immigration laws and granting residency to immigrants already in the US.