A NIGHT OF 1,000 CONVERSATIONS
Liberty and Justice For All
April 5 "A Night of 1,000 conversations"
Topics: Immigration reform that restores basic civil liberties and human rights, protects our core American values of fairness and justice, and defends due process for everyone
In working with (ICO) InterCulturalOrganizing  here in Portland, I have the following information to share.
On Thursday, April 5 2007 across the US, conversations on human rights will be taking place in homes, meeting rooms, churches, and colleges and coffeshops.
Roughly, these conversations are an introduction to becoming involved, networking, and sharing ideas on our values of human rights. To work toward immigration reform that restores basic civil liberties and human rights, protects our core American values of fairness and justice, and defends due process for everyone. This introduction and grassroots movement all takes place within about an hour and a half. I am going to one of these for the first time and it looks to be some casual No Pressure Fun, by partaking in short conversations on making efforts for change and of sharing ideas on Human rights values.
In the Portland area you can contact the local Portland ICO office  at their email link, for more information of the Portland Night of Conversations in a neighborhood near you.
Hey Indy readers, Don't know where to start getting involved?
Well this is a perfect opportunity to meet like-minded concerned people, who are interested in networking to make a difference and become more informed.
The following one paragraph was copied from the Portland ICO website:
"The Center for Intercultural Organizing will be hosting 25 conversations locally. Each will explore the common principles we share, surface the places we have seen those principles being violated in our community, and explore ways we can act collectively to ensure that "liberty and justice for all" is evenly applied. Together we can move the discussion of immigration away from fear and back to the core American values that define us as a nationócivil liberties and human rights for all.
Portland Indy Media readers, to join the Night of 1000 Conversations"
Please contact Mary Bata at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[The Freedom and Liberty for All website presents]
"Night of 1,000 Conversations"
On Thursday, April 5, 2007 thousands of people all across the country will come together in living rooms, basements, back yards, community centers, schools, and places of worship to work toward immigration reform that restores basic civil liberties and human rights, protects our core American values of fairness and justice, and defends due process for everyone.
REGISTER  your conversation with us. Please complete the following registration form to help us chart our success for the Night of 1,000 Conversation. Your name and contact information will remain private unless you ask us to make your event public.
Through these conversations, we will:
Restore Due Process to our American immigration system.
Exercise political power that ensures we can:
Stop forcing judges to deport people in America without considering the circumstances.
End unfair and extreme punishment for minor offenses.
Protect due process in immigration proceedings and maintain judicial review.
Uphold the U.S. Supreme Court decision against indefinite detention of immigrants.
Stop automatic imprisonment without cause and deportation without due process.
Make a splash in the public's awareness and spark their energy for change;
Build grassroots momentum, bring new people into your work, and connect deeply-held values with your actions and events.
To begin, read through our Night of 1,000 Conversation One-Pager  that will tell you what it is, why you should do it, why now, and how to do it.
Next, download our Conversation Project Guide & Toolkit . The toolklit provides the tools you will need to host your own Conversation Project.
If you've hosted a Conversation Project before and would like additional stories to engage in discussions around detention, click on the following resources:
Immigration Video Vlogs  - Breakthrough  collected these video vlogs of real people struggling to uphold their human rights. If you want a DVD with the video vlogs or if you have stories for Breakthrough to videotape, please contact Crissy .
Crossing Arizona  - See the trailer for the film and use it as a conversation starter.
Detention Center Map  - The National Immigrant Justice Center provides a detailed mapping of detention centers in the Midwest.
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