Activist Toolkit

Activist Toolkit: What will you do in 2010?

We’re building a movement from the grassroots to the grasstops across Washington State and we want you to be part of it. We’re building power in immigrant communities and connecting immigrants to the national movement for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). Every day local community members take the steps to get involved in CIR even if they’ve never been an activist before. They find that all people are capable of creating change in their community. We need everyone involved in working towards change. Whether it’s by collecting signatures, telling your story, meeting with your congress person, or helping by bringing your friends and family to a rally—we need actions big and small to win CIR!

If you are interested in taking action or leading an OneAmerica base group and bringing the movement to your community contact Kendra@weareoneamerica.org or Elsa@weareoneamerica.org. The time is now. It’s never been more urgent for us to raise our voices for justice for all. 

This Activist Toolkit is designed for any of our base groups as well anyone looking to get more involved with working on passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2010.

It includes:

CIR principles

These are the principles for immigration reform that should guide our law makers.

Sample Petition on CIR

Here is a petition on immigration reform that you can use to collect signatures that you can deliver to your member of congress or senators. You can collect signatures a lot of different ways—your workplace, PTA meetings, church, sports events, or at local businesses are great ways to get signatures.

Sample Letter to the Editor

Writing a letter to your local newspaper is a great way to make sure your voice is heard on immigration reform. Give it try by using this sample letter!

Sample Op-ed

The op-ed page of your local newspaper is a great place to highlight an issue that is important your community like immigration. Use this sample op-ed as a starting point.

Sample CIR Resolution

Example: Seattle City Council’s Resolution 30851: A resolution relating to comprehensive immigration reform and supporting Seattle's immigrant community.

The sample resolution template can be used for a city or county level ordinance or executive order endorsing the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Passing local ordinances is a powerful way to demonstrate the need for CIR, create a positive space for immigrants in our community, and send a positive message to our Washington Members of Congress that cities and counties across Washington are calling for them to take action on immigration reform in 2010 and support them. Need help with statistics for your city/county? Ask Sarah@weareoneamerica.org.

Ten Steps to Passing a CIR Resolution in Your City or County

Passing a local resolution on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) is a powerful way to demonstrate the need for CIR, create a positive space for immigrants in our community, and send a positive message to our Washington Members of Congress that cities and counties across Washington are calling for them to take action on immigration reform in 2010. Resolutions will express the urgency of CIR and that our Members of Congress have the support they need to take leadership on this issue. 

Sample Power Map Template to Research Elected Officials

This Power Map Template can be used to get to know your council members.  How have they voted in the past on immigration or similar issues? Who do they listen to?  You can use the information in this template to build a plan to move the target.

Legislative Visit Guide

Meeting with elected officials is an opportunity to make your voice heard. An in-person lets you be persuasive, present information, and highlight stories or individuals who may move the congress person. At a lobby visit allows you to tell your Senator or Representative what you think about a certain issue or bill and ask her/him to take positive action. They can also be used as an opportunity to gather more information on an elected official’s position to figure how you can get them to support the issue in the future.

Other Materials?

Please contact us to request Text Action Network cards, stickers, or “Ask me about Immigration” or “Reform Immigration Now” buttons to hand out. Is there something here you would like more information on or a material you would like developed? Just ask.

 

 

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