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FREEDOM RIDE 06-Oct-2003 12:55

Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride Rally a Huge Success!

From the open publishing newswire: As the culmination of Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, on Saturday, October 4th, tens of thousands of immigrant workers joined friends and allies for a fabulous rally in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.

You could literally feel the joy in the air and the sense of solidarity as people from many different nations joined together for a common cause: to focus attention on immigrant rights and to help force the United States government to make pivotal changed in its current immigration policies.

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FREEDOM RIDERS 27-Sep-2003 13:06

Portland Freedom Riders Begin Day 2 in Walla Walla

From the open publishing newswire: "Walla Walla knows how to treat the Freedom Riders with dignity and respect!" shouted Maria Damaris Silva, a co-organizer of the Portland bus, at the early morning breakfast in the meeting hall of St. Patrick's Catholic Church Wednesday. Several riders shared personal accounts of their lives as immigrants or the children and grandchildren of immigrants.

After leaving the church, the pilgrims joined a rally with students on the campus of Whitman College moments away. Students and riders shared their thoughts on the meaning of the Freedom Ride to Washington, DC and New York and the importance of attaining dignity and respect, a path to citizenship, safe working environments, and living wages for hardworking immigrants and their families.

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FARM WORKERS RIGHTS 26-Sep-2003 17:01

Two Immigrant Worker Freedom Ride Busses Detained By Border Patrol in Texas

From the open publishing newswire: Two busses on the Immigrant Worker Freedom Ride (www.iwfr.org) were stopped by Border Patrol agents just outside of EL Paso, Texas. People were apparently ordered off the buses to be indentified, but people refused to provide the documentation asked for. This show of strength and solidarity, plus the immediate intervention of the local Bishop and elected officials, most likely forced the Border Patrol to back off and let folks through. Si se puede!

Some great quotes from one of the organizers, who was quoted by a local radio station story Here as well as in the local paper Here

"They were asked for their identification but the passengers felt it was racial profiling and exercised their right to remain silent," Bicchieri said. "Almost everyone on both busses are people of color."

"This shows exactly why these laws are needed," Bicchieri said. "People who are working, paying taxes, contributing into this economy, contributing to this society, should not worry that when they drive to another part of the country they live in, that they will be stopped, and harassed, and asked for papers."

Portland Freedom Riders Day 2 in Walla Walla | Undocumented Workers Successfully Challenge Border Checkpoint

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HUMAN RIGHTS 24-Sep-2003 08:36

Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride departs Portland

From the open publishing newswire: The Immigrant Workers' Freedom Ride bus from Portland departed to join ten other buses on the road to Washington, DC on Tuesday, Sept. 23 after a weekend of trainings, rallies, and send-offs. The Freedom Ride promotes awareness of immigration issues specifically legalization, a road to citizenship, family reunification, and workplace and civil rights protections.

Forty-five Oregonians will travel the Portland route across the country and represent Oregon as advocates for justice. They will call on Congress to change current and out-dated immigration laws. Their send-off rally, held in Portland on Sunday, Sept. 21, and their morning departure on the 23rd featured immigrant workers and allies sharing their stories and reasons for joining this unprecedented quest for justice.

"This is truly an historic event," said Ramón Ramirez, President of PCUN, Oregon's farmworker union, and a rider on the Portland bus, "With the support and participation of labor unions and immigrant rights organizations from throughout the country, we have succeeded in creating a campaign that will bring the struggle for immigrants' rights across the country."

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ECONOMIC JUSTICE 22-Sep-2003 12:41

AUDIO FILE: Three Speakers From Immigrant Freedom Ride Send Off

From the open publishing newswire: 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.

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.

See also: [ Unwelcome At Immigrant Rally ]

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HUMAN RIGHTS 18-Sep-2003 19:21

Support Legalization for Immigrant Workers! Rally on Sunday right before Peace March

From the open publishing newswire: 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" Send-off!
Sunday, Sept 21st, 2003 at the Pioneer Courthouse Square in Downtown Portland, Oregon
1:00 to 3:00pm
Come meet the "Oregon Freedom Riders" and join us in an afternoon of solidarity, music, and speeches to provide support for Oregon's "Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride Bus"

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WE ARE ALL IMMIGRANTS 07-Aug-2003 16:10

"Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride" Kick-off event--Fri Aug 8, 6pm

From the open publishing newswire: When: Friday August 8th, 2003
Where: at the Northwest Labor Council Union Hall
What: Come join us in an evening of solidarity, music,poetry, and testimonies designed to kick-off a state-wide organizing campaign that will send a Freedom Bus filled with Freedom Riders to Washington DC. Immigrant workers, living and paying taxes in the United States, deserve the rights to legalize their status, to have a clear road to citizenship, to reunify their families, to have a voice on the job without regard to legal status, and to enjoy full protection of their civil rights and civil liberties... rights denied by their undocumented status and outdated laws.

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