Immigrant Rights are Human Rights - Take Action!
What can you do? Here are 3 steps to protect Immigrant and Human Rights in your community!
- Organize: Form a small group of community members who would like to be a Human Rights Team for your church, organization, workplace, school or neighborhood. You can also join a OneAmerica base group in Snohomish, Skagit, or Whatcom County.
- Educate: Your team, your family, your community! Host a OneAmerica training on Human Rights in your community space. You will learn what a human rights abuse is, how are immigrant, migrant, and refugee rights HUMAN rights, how to document these abuses when they occur, and how to report an abuse that has happened to you or someone else. If you do not feel safe meeting in public, we can meet at your home. Have a neighborhood “Know your Rights” night. Create a neighborhood watch plan to make sure no abuse goes unreported.
- Document and share: Now, that you understand Human Rights, we need to share this information with as many people as possible! No action is too small or great!
As part of the coordinated Human Rights Documentation Campaign:
- Join other immigrant leaders and allies creating change in their communities: within a OneAmerica Base Group in Snohomish, Skagit, or Whatcom or organize for Human Rights in the Northern Border Region.
- Tell your story or the story of someone you know (may be anonymous).
- Collect Community Surveys and Incident Reports (see sidebar).
- Pass out Human Rights Cards and information to people you know.
- Post an “Immigrant Rights are Human Rights” sign at your business, organization, or school.
- Write a letter to your local newspaper promoting Immigrant/Human Rights.
- Plan a community forum in coordination with OneAmerica on Immigrant/Human Rights.
- Meet with your sheriff, city council, school board, or local law enforcement to voice your concerns.
This is part of a collective effort to educate our communities on their human and civil rights, open creative spaces to develop leaders to advocate for themselves, document human rights abuses within immigrant communities and change national policy regarding harsh immigration enforcement that hurts our communities and separates families, end racial and ethnic profiling, and decrease human rights abuses in the U.S. Border Regions.
Please contact OneAmerica Organizer Kendra Anderson at Kendra@weareoneamerica.org or 206-452-8413
Whatcom Leaders: Jose Roberto Palma and Juan Jose Maldonado at 360-860-0018
Skagit Leaders: Francisco Lopez and Jose Ortiz at 360-630-3333
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