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Brouillette appointed to City Commission

{Pictured above, L to R: John Rivera, Susan Brouillette & Mayor Roswarski. Photo courtesy of the City of Lafayette.}

L to R: John Rivera, Susan Brouillette & Mayor Roswarski. Photo courtesy of the City of Lafayette.

Recently, LUM’s very own Susan Brouillette was sworn in by Mayor Tony Roswarski and City Clerk Cindy Murray as a member of the Lafayette Human Relations Commission along with John Rivera. In a statement from the City of Lafayette, it was shared that “Citizen involvement in local government is so important, and we welcome Susan & John.”

The City of Lafayette Human Relations Commission was created in 1968, and consists of nine citizens appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.

The Commission’s main objectives are to end prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination in the City of Lafayette, to encourage respect and understanding of all individuals and groups, and to investigate complaints of discrimination in the City of Lafayette.

Congratulations to Susan Brouillette on this appointment!

 

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A Promise as Enduring as America



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Joe Micon

By Joe Micon, LUM executive director

Have you heard the one about the busload filled with homeless families from Chicago that pulled up in front of LUM because our social services are so great???

While you may not have heard that exact story, I have no doubt you have heard some variation of it, offered as an (untrue) explanation for why so many children and families from Chicago, Lake County, Indiana and Indianapolis have moved to our community in recent years.

As someone who has gotten to know many of our new neighbors, here’s what they tell me when I ask why they have come to Lafayette…

  • There are jobs to be had in Greater Lafayette
  • Our community has safe streets
  • Our public schools do a great job of teaching children

Just take a look the next time you use a fast food drive-up window. Make sure to notice who is filling our hospital housekeeping, home health care or Purdue food service jobs. These are not the “takers” who come to our community in search of social services. They are women and men in search of a promise as enduring as America itself – in search of a place where they can work, learn and grow to the utmost of their God-given potential. And it is right here in Lafayette where they have chosen to try to fulfill that promise. Compared to where they have come from, our community is a shining beacon on a hill – a promised land, void of gun violence, filled with opportunity for their children.

I think the “taker” mentality grows from a place of fear and shouldn’t be nurtured. Instead, now is the time for our community’s wonderful churches to reach out in fellowship and support of our new neighbors. Now is certainly the time to adequately resource our public schools and teachers to help them meet the challenges facing their new students. It’s time for employers to make sure that hard work is rewarded with fair pay and good benefits.

More than anything, it is time for us to confront the false stereotypes and more fully understand what it is that has brought so many new neighbors to our community. That’s what I think – I’d love to hear from you! Email me at jmicon@lumserve.org.



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LUM Offers Conversational Spanish Tables

C4HF_BW_logoLafayette Urban Ministry and Ayuda Y Aprende, the Spanish Language Service Learning Program at Purdue, have teamed up to offer weekly Conversational Spanish Tables on Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. beginning September 17th through November 21st.

The event is free and is open to anyone in the community. Each conversation table will focus on various topics such as community engagement, shopping, dining out, discovering the region, public services like transportation, conversing with a medical professional, and more.

This program is designed for individuals who wish to learn conversational Spanish to better serve and interact with Spanish-speaking clients and neighbors.

Email your registration to sbrouillette@lafayetteurbanministry.org.  The deadline for registering is August 22, 2014.

Don’t delay – this unique opportunity is limited to only 30 people.

Esperamos verle allí!



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Move That Bill Forward #4 — Views on Immigration Reform


Move that Bill Forward #4


Myth: Letting in  More Temporary Visa Holders and Legalizing Current Illegal Immigrants Will Increase the Unemployment Rate


move that bill forward logoResponse: Immigrants Make Americans More Productive and Do Not Increase the Unemployment Rate.

In a 2009 article titled Answering the Critics of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Stuart Anderson, an adjunct professor at the CATO institute (the same organization founded by Charles Koch) reported that “additional low-skilled immigration would not increase the unemployment rates of low-skilled U.S. workers.”  The report went on to say that “With increases in low-skilled immigration, the U.S. economy would expand, creating more jobs in higher-skilled areas.”
University of Michigan, Flint, Professor, Mark Perry pointed out in a 2010 interview that, “there is no fixed pie or fixed jobs, so there is no way for immigrants to take away jobs from Americans.”   The following excerpt from an article authored by economists, Richard Vedder, Lowell Galloway and Stephen Moore, elaborates further on Perry’s findings:  “First, immigrants may expand the demand for goods and services through their consumption.  Second, immigrants may contribute to output through the investment of savings they bring with them.  Third, immigrants have high rates of entrepreneurship, which may lead to the creation of new jobs for U.S. workers in the low and high skilled ends of the labor market; thus, creating subsidiary job opportunities for Americans.  Fifth, immigrants may contribute to economies of sale in production and the growth of markets.”
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs also found that “Despite increasing educational attainment across all levels of society, the U.S. workforce alone is not educated enough to sustain a globally competitive knowledge economy.  Sixty to 70 percent of the students in American computer science and electrical engineering graduate programs are [international students] on temporary visas. One-quarter of the high-tech firms launched in the US between 1995 and 2005 were founded by immigrants. America also needs less-skilled immigrants. We need workers to staff American farms, provide home healthcare, and staff an ever-burgeoning low-skilled service sector.”
Affirming Lowell, Galloway, and More’s conclusions, the report went on to say, ” These newcomers don’t supplant US workers. They enhance American productivity and create jobs.”

READ MORE:

  • Move That Bill Forward #1, click HERE.
  • Move That Bill Forward #2, click HERE.
  • Move That Bill Forward #3, click HERE.

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This summer LUM is scheduled to unveil and open Immigration Clinic.   In 2012, the LUM Board of Directors made the decision to offer immigration assistance citing its mission to “give witness to God’s saving love and prophetic power by loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us.”  Around the same time the Board issued a statement opposing policies separating children and expressing a desire to explore pathways for legal immigration and citizenship.

In lockstep with the sense of call expressed by the Board, LUM Campaign for Hoosier Families has made it a legislative priority to advocate for the legalization and a pathway to citizenship for the millions of immigrants. These individuals and families have come to the US with the same sense of purpose and desire for a better life much as the people who settled this country. Unfortunately though they enjoy none of the rights and protections that we consider as Americans to be unalienable.  As you may know, the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform last June, but thus far Republican House Members have refused to vote on the Senate bill or give the issue any type of consideration.  If an immigration reform bill is not passed by the end of the year, which also constitutes the end of current congress, the whole process will have to start all over again.

This month and for the rest of the year as we prepare to open our Immigration Clinic, C4HF would encourage you to write or call our Congressman, Todd Rokita, and ask him to at least allow for immigration reform to come to the floor. You should also demand that he work with his colleagues to find a way to support legislation that would enable those who have invested through their labor and love for this country to be able to stay.  To that end C4HF is going to provide a fact or story that you may use as a talking point when communicating with Congressman Rokita — or in conversations with friends and relatives.  C4HF hopes that these facts will be both enlightening and empowering.


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Move That Bill Forward #3 — Facts on Immigration Reform


Move that Bill Forward #3


Myth: Most immigrants cross the border illegally.


move that bill forward logoFacts:

Approximately 72% of the foreign born population are authorized immigrants, including naturalized citizens, legal permanent residents, and legal temporary residents. The Congressional Research Service cites that unauthorized aliens enter the US in three ways:  (1) some are admitted to the United States on valid non-immigrant (temporary) visas (e.g. as visitors or students) or on border crossing cards and either remain in the country beyond their authorized period of stay or otherwise violate the terms of their admission; (2) some are admitted based on fraudulent documents (e.g. fake passports) that go undetected by U.S. officials; and (3) some enter the U.S. without inspection (e.g. crossing over the Southwest or northern U.S. border).

Congress passed a law several years prohibiting the issuance of a visa or admission to the US to anyone who could not overcome the presumption that they were an intending immigrant. Even with the extensive training that consular officers and CBP officers receive, there are still persons who misrepresent their intentions or change their mind after arriving in the US.

It is estimated that 40-50% of unauthorized resident population were inspected and admitted and chose to stay after their status ended.  The Congressional Research Service reports that in 2006 the Pew Hispanic Center estimated that about 40% to 50% of the unauthorized immigrants living in the US entered with inspection.


Sources:  Passel, Jeffrey. U.S Unauthorized Immigration Flows Are Down Sharply Since Mid-Decade, Pew Hispanic Center (2010) – http://www.pewhispanic.org/2010/09/01/ii-current-estimates-and-trends-2/.


READ MORE:

  • Move That Bill Forward #1, click HERE.
  • Move That Bill Forward #2, click HERE.

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This summer LUM is scheduled to unveil and open Immigration Clinic.   In 2012, the LUM Board of Directors made the decision to offer immigration assistance citing its mission to “give witness to God’s saving love and prophetic power by loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us.”  Around the same time the Board issued a statement opposing policies separating children and expressing a desire to explore pathways for legal immigration and citizenship.

In lockstep with the sense of call expressed by the Board, LUM Campaign for Hoosier Families has made it a legislative priority to advocate for the legalization and a pathway to citizenship for the millions of immigrants. These individuals and families have come to the US with the same sense of purpose and desire for a better life much as the people who settled this country. Unfortunately though they enjoy none of the rights and protections that we consider as Americans to be unalienable.  As you may know, the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform last June, but thus far Republican House Members have refused to vote on the Senate bill or give the issue any type of consideration.  If an immigration reform bill is not passed by the end of the year, which also constitutes the end of current congress, the whole process will have to start all over again.

This month and for the rest of the year as we prepare to open our Immigration Clinic, C4HF would encourage you to write or call our Congressman, Todd Rokita, and ask him to at least allow for immigration reform to come to the floor. You should also demand that he work with his colleagues to find a way to support legislation that would enable those who have invested through their labor and love for this country to be able to stay.  To that end C4HF is going to provide a fact or story that you may use as a talking point when communicating with Congressman Rokita — or in conversations with friends and relatives.  C4HF hopes that these facts will be both enlightening and empowering.


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Move That Bill Forward #2 — Facts on Immigration Reform


Move that Bill Forward #2

Myth:
Passing an immigration bill will result in millions of illegal immigrants becoming citizens and relying on welfare programs.

move that bill forward logoFacts:
According to a 2013 Congressional Budget Report, passing comprehensive immigration reform would reduce the deficit by $2.7 trillion over 10 year. The savings would come from a significant increase in tax revenue and no additional demand for services since persons applying for temporary legal status will be required to prove that they have a household income above the poverty line and could support themselves.

Since passage of the Welfare Reform Act in 1996, non US Citizens and green card holders for less than five years are prohibited from accessing federal benefits including health care tax credits and regular Medicaid. Furthermore the comprehensive reform bill passed by the Senate last year goes one step further and would make temporary legal status for the 10 million immigrants here illegally contingent on household financial stability in addition to a plethora of other eligibility requirements. Applicants applying for renewal of their temporary status every six years would need to prove that they have paid federal taxes, been gainfully employed, and would not pose a risk of becoming a public charge, e.g. be able to support themselves. The current congress ends in December giving the Senate bill life for another six months. Despite the trillion dollar savings projected by the Congressional Budget Office, the House of Representatives has refused to take up the Senate bill or consider any meaningful legislation.

READ Move That Bill Forward #1, click HERE.


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This summer LUM is scheduled to unveil and open Immigration Clinic.   In 2012, the LUM Board of Directors made the decision to offer immigration assistance citing its mission to “give witness to God’s saving love and prophetic power by loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us.”  Around the same time the Board issued a statement opposing policies separating children and expressing a desire to explore pathways for legal immigration and citizenship.

In lockstep with the sense of call expressed by the Board, LUM Campaign for Hoosier Families has made it a legislative priority to advocate for the legalization and a pathway to citizenship for the millions of immigrants. These individuals and families have come to the US with the same sense of purpose and desire for a better life much as the people who settled this country. Unfortunately though they enjoy none of the rights and protections that we consider as Americans to be unalienable.  As you may know, the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform last June, but thus far Republican House Members have refused to vote on the Senate bill or give the issue any type of consideration.  If an immigration reform bill is not passed by the end of the year, which also constitutes the end of current congress, the whole process will have to start all over again.

This month and for the rest of the year as we prepare to open our Immigration Clinic, C4HF would encourage you to write or call our Congressman, Todd Rokita, and ask him to at least allow for immigration reform to come to the floor. You should also demand that he work with his colleagues to find a way to support legislation that would enable those who have invested through their labor and love for this country to be able to stay.  To that end C4HF is going to provide a fact or story that you may use as a talking point when communicating with Congressman Rokita — or in conversations with friends and relatives.  C4HF hopes that these facts will be both enlightening and empowering.



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Move That Bill Forward — Immigration Reform

C4HF_BW_logoThis summer LUM is scheduled to unveil and open Immigration Clinic.   In 2012, the LUM Board of Directors made the decision to offer immigration assistance citing its mission to “give witness to God’s saving love and prophetic power by loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us.”  Around the same time the Board issued a statement opposing policies separating children and expressing a desire to explore pathways for legal immigration and citizenship.

In lockstep with the sense of call expressed by the Board, LUM Campaign for Hoosier Families has made it a legislative priority to advocate for the legalization and a pathway to citizenship for the millions of immigrants. These individuals and families have come to the US with the same sense of purpose and desire for a better life much as the people who settled this country. Unfortunately though they enjoy none of the rights and protections that we consider as Americans to be unalienable.  As you may know, the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform last June, but thus far Republican House Members have refused to vote on the Senate bill or give the issue any type of consideration.  If an immigration reform bill is not passed by the end of the year, which also constitutes the end of current congress, the whole process will have to start all over again.

This month and for the rest of the year as we prepare to open our Immigration Clinic, C4HF would encourage you to write or call our Congressman, Todd Rokita, and ask him to at least allow for immigration reform to come to the floor. You should also demand that he work with his colleagues to find a way to support legislation that would enable those who have invested through their labor and love for this country to be able to stay.  To that end C4HF is going to provide a fact or story that you may use as a talking point when communicating with Congressman Rokita — or in conversations with friends and relatives.  C4HF hopes that these facts will be both enlightening and empowering.



Move that Bill Forward #1 

Myth:
Immigrants bring crime to US communities

move that bill forward logoFacts:
Immigrants come seeking economic opportunity, and crime jeopardizes that opportunity. The past two decades have shown significant increases in immigrant populations, yet crime rates have dropped significantly during the same period. Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born residents and the gap between these two populations increased from 1980-2000. Under the Secure Communities program, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can detain and deport individuals who have committed crimes. While intended to enhance the safety of communities, police leaders have expressed concern that these programs may have the opposite effect by increasing immigrants’ fear of law enforcement officials and making them less likely to report crimes when they are victims or witnesses.

Source:  “10 Immigrant Myths” Catholic Legal Immigration Network.  2012


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Move That Bill Forward #1 — Immigrant Myth

C4HF_BW_logoThis summer LUM is scheduled to unveil and open their Immigration Clinic.   As we prepare for the opening, the LUM Campaign for Hoosier Families would encourage you to write or call our Congressman, Todd Rokita, and ask him to at least allow for immigration reform to come to the floor. You should also demand that he work with his colleagues to find a way to support legislation that would enable those who have invested through their labor and love for this country to be able to stay.  To that end C4HF is going to provide a fact or story that you may use as a talking point when communicating with Congressman Rokita — or in conversations with friends and relatives.  C4HF hopes that these facts will be both enlightening and empowering. C4HF calls this series “Move That Bill Forward.” Below is the first talking point.



Move that Bill Forward #1 

Myth:
Immigrants bring crime to US communities

move that bill forward logoFacts:
Immigrants come seeking economic opportunity, and crime jeopardizes that opportunity. The past two decades have shown significant increases in immigrant populations, yet crime rates have dropped significantly during the same period. Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born residents and the gap between these two populations increased from 1980-2000. Under the Secure Communities program, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can detain and deport individuals who have committed crimes. While intended to enhance the safety of communities, police leaders have expressed concern that these programs may have the opposite effect by increasing immigrants’ fear of law enforcement officials and making them less likely to report crimes when they are victims or witnesses.

Source:  “10 Immigrant Myths” Catholic Legal Immigration Network.  2012


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Fast for Families Bus Stops in Lafayette/West Lafayette – Recap


LUM Coordinated Fast-for-Families – Rudy López & Dae Joong Yoon – Visit Lafayette/West Lafayette to discuss Immigration Reform and Citizenship


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Lafayette, IN – Last Friday, Fast for Families national bus tour made a stop in Lafayette/West Lafayette to promote Immigration Reform and Citizenship. Rudy López & Dae Joong Yoon led the delegation during the daylong schedule of meetings with community leaders, students, educators, and religious leaders. LUM coordinated several gatherings for the Fast for Families team including a leadership breakfast meeting, meeting at Bishop Doherty’s home with religious leaders, lunch presentation, and student summit. Their message was to push Todd Rokita, US Representative for Indiana, to support comprehensive immigration reform now; and persuade House Speaker John Boehner to move the legislative process forward.

López and Yoon were two of several immigration reformers who engaged in a 22-day hunger strike on the National Mall in Washington DC last November/December. While fasting, they received visits in their tent from President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and several members of the US Congress.


To see the local news coverage of the Fast for Families visit, click on the media source: Journal & Courier | WBAA Public Radio from Purdue | WLFI TV-18.


To see more PHOTOS from the Fast for Families visit, click HERE.


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Rudy-LopezRudy López Bio
Rudy López is a Senior Organizer for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) that is based in Washington DC. López is from a small steel town called East Chicago, Indiana where he currently resides. Immigration Reform is something deeply important to him. He grew up seeing the effects of our broken immigration system and its impact on people he loves. His home served as a “port-of-entry” for many family members who came here undocumented. He saw the toll it takes on someone when they live in fear and treated as second class. Each day people die in the desert crossing the border in search for a better life for their families. In 2005 his cousin Martin Hernandez was one of them. Martin got sick during the crossing and was left behind by the Coyote (human smuggler). He died cold, hungry and alone.

Rudy has dedicated himself to Social Justice and has built a career developing leaders and building power in disenfranchised communities. As Political Director for the Center for Community Change (2007-2013) he worked with groups all over the country to register, educate and turn-out thousands of voters in low-income and communities of color. Rudy served as Wellstone Action’s National Field Director (2005-07) training grassroots leaders how to manage campaigns and run for political office. Rudy was also the National Field Director of the Chicago-based U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (2000-05) overseeing Latino leadership development programs and voter-registration drives across the nation.

Rudy developed his organizing skills in the neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village working as a community organizer with Gamaliel affiliate the Metropolitan Alliance of Congregations in Chicago (1998-99) and is currently a Senior Organizer for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) that is based in Washington DC.


Faster-DaeJoongYoon1Dae Joong Yoon Bio
Dae Joong Yoon is the Executive Director with National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC). He has more than 19 years of community education and organizing experiences in the areas of immigration policy, health access, civic participation, voting rights, environmental justice and economic development. Yoon is no stranger to NAKASEC. He was part of the founding of the organization in 1994, and helped lead ambitious and successful campaigns in the early years including the 1995 “Justice for Immigrants” Washington Post ad campaign opposing anti-immigrant legislation, the 1996 multi-faceted campaign to promote civic participation and electoral organizing, Restoration of SSI and the national Fix 96’ campaign. Yoon is also the founding board member of KRCC in Chicago and served as the national president of Young Koreans United of USA.

Most recently, Dae Joong Yoon was the executive director of KRC since July 2003. He has also supervised many community-led research projects such as the Asian American Voter Exit Poll, Building Health Community Focus Group, and Los Angeles City Services Survey. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Strategic Concept in Organizing & Policy Education (SCOPE); a Community Advisory Board member for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services; and as an Advisory Board Member for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. He is a 1.5 generation Korean American and is bilingual in English and Korean.


Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is a national coalition of grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. FIRM is a project of the Center for Community Change. FIRM is led by its member organizations and brings leaders together across lines of race, issues and geography to multiply their power. FIRM is dedicated to organizing and building grassroots power and leadership.


Center for Community Change is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income people and people of color.


National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) is a group of grassroots community based with the purpose of projecting a national progressive voice on major civil rights and immigrant rights issues and promoting the full participation of Korean Americans with the greater goal of building a national movement for social change. NAKASEC is based in Los Angeles, CA and Annandale, VA; and also has affiliates in Los Angeles (Korean Resource Center) and in Chicago (Korean American Resource & Cultural Center).



Fast for Families – Rudy López & Dae Joong Yoon – to Visit Lafayette/West Lafayette FRIDAY to discuss Immigration Reform and Citizenship

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March 19, 2014

Lafayette, IN – The Lafayette Urban Ministry invites the community to a lunch program and student summit featuring Rudy López (resident of East Chicago, Indiana) and Dae Joong Yoon who are on the Fast for Families Across America national bus tour. 


The details for the two free public events are as follows:

  • WHAT: Lunch Presentation — “The moral crisis caused by the broken immigration system and the urgency of common sense immigration reform”
    • WHERE: Newman Hall at St. Thomas Aquinas – the Catholic Center at Purdue ( 535 W State Street, West Lafayette)
    • WHEN: Friday, March 21, 2014; Noon – 1:30 p.m.
    • WHO: Rudy López and Dae Joong Yoon with community and religious leaders
    • Free to Public; There will be a freewill offering for the LUM immigration clinic
    • Parking Available at No Cost in Purdue Parking Garage between Sheetz and Marstellar Streets
  • WHAT: Student Summit — “A Call for Immigration Reform”

    • WHERE: Riehle Plaza, Lafayette
    • WHEN: Friday, March 21, 2014; 3:30-5:00 p.m.
    • WHO: Rudy López and Dae Joong Yoon with Latino/Latina students
    • Free to Public

 


During their visit Rudy López and Dae Joong Yoon will gather with Greater Lafayette faith and community leaders to make the case for immigration reform and why it is needed now. In the fourth week of a six-week bus tour across the country, the Fast for Families Campaign intends to show that there is broad based support for common sense immigration reform in the 4th District of Indiana and to urge US Congressman Todd Rokita to join other US House Republicans to “act fast” and take up the legislation this year.

López and Yoon were two of several immigration reformers who engaged in a 22-day hunger strike on the National Mall in Washington DC last November/December. While fasting, they received visits in their tent from President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and several members of the US Congress. Across the country, they were joined by faith, labor and immigrant rights leaders and thousands who fasted in solidarity. The Fast for Families movement drew national attention including many national civil rights leaders.

Building on the momentum created last year, the “Fast for Families Across America” bus tour – covering 18 states and more than 14,200 miles – kicked off in Los Angeles on February 24 and is targeting more than 75 key congressional representatives, including Todd Rokita, and mobilizing advocates from across the political spectrum. The bus has only two stops in Indiana – Lafayette/West Lafayette and South Bend.

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CONTACTS

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
jmicon@lumserve.org
765.423.2691

Susan Brouillette
Program Director for Healthy Families and Sustainable Communities
Lafayette Urban Ministry
sbrouillette@lumserve.org
765.423.2691

Rudy López
Senior Organizer
Fair Immigration Reform Movement
rlopez@communitychange.org

Dae Joong Yoon
Executive Director
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium
djyoon@nakasec.org



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Rudy-LopezRudy López Bio
Rudy López is a Senior Organizer for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) that is based in Washington DC. López is from a small steel town called East Chicago, Indiana where he currently resides. Immigration Reform is something deeply important to him. He grew up seeing the effects of our broken immigration system and its impact on people he loves. His home served as a “port-of-entry” for many family members who came here undocumented. He saw the toll it takes on someone when they live in fear and treated as second class. Each day people die in the desert crossing the border in search for a better life for their families. In 2005 his cousin Martin Hernandez was one of them. Martin got sick during the crossing and was left behind by the Coyote (human smuggler). He died cold, hungry and alone.

Rudy has dedicated himself to Social Justice and has built a career developing leaders and building power in disenfranchised communities. As Political Director for the Center for Community Change (2007-2013) he worked with groups all over the country to register, educate and turn-out thousands of voters in low-income and communities of color. Rudy served as Wellstone Action’s National Field Director (2005-07) training grassroots leaders how to manage campaigns and run for political office. Rudy was also the National Field Director of the Chicago-based U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (2000-05) overseeing Latino leadership development programs and voter-registration drives across the nation.

Rudy developed his organizing skills in the neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village working as a community organizer with Gamaliel affiliate the Metropolitan Alliance of Congregations in Chicago (1998-99) and is currently a Senior Organizer for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) that is based in Washington DC.


Faster-DaeJoongYoon1Dae Joong Yoon Bio
Dae Joong Yoon is the Executive Director with National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC). He has more than 19 years of community education and organizing experiences in the areas of immigration policy, health access, civic participation, voting rights, environmental justice and economic development. Yoon is no stranger to NAKASEC. He was part of the founding of the organization in 1994, and helped lead ambitious and successful campaigns in the early years including the 1995 “Justice for Immigrants” Washington Post ad campaign opposing anti-immigrant legislation, the 1996 multi-faceted campaign to promote civic participation and electoral organizing, Restoration of SSI and the national Fix 96’ campaign. Yoon is also the founding board member of KRCC in Chicago and served as the national president of Young Koreans United of USA.

Most recently, Dae Joong Yoon was the executive director of KRC since July 2003. He has also supervised many community-led research projects such as the Asian American Voter Exit Poll, Building Health Community Focus Group, and Los Angeles City Services Survey. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Strategic Concept in Organizing & Policy Education (SCOPE); a Community Advisory Board member for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services; and as an Advisory Board Member for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. He is a 1.5 generation Korean American and is bilingual in English and Korean.


Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is a national coalition of grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. FIRM is a project of the Center for Community Change. FIRM is led by its member organizations and brings leaders together across lines of race, issues and geography to multiply their power. FIRM is dedicated to organizing and building grassroots power and leadership.


Center for Community Change is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income people and people of color.


National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) is a group of grassroots community based with the purpose of projecting a national progressive voice on major civil rights and immigrant rights issues and promoting the full participation of Korean Americans with the greater goal of building a national movement for social change. NAKASEC is based in Los Angeles, CA and Annandale, VA; and also has affiliates in Los Angeles (Korean Resource Center) and in Chicago (Korean American Resource & Cultural Center).


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La Reforma “Common Sense Immigration Reform” es lo adecuado para la seguridad nacional, es lo adecuado para nuestros niños y es lo correcto para la moralidad de esta nación.  Es hora de que el Congreso actúe para ponerle fin al sufrimiento en nuestras comunidades y crear una solución permanente para los 11 millones de aspirantes estadounidenses de nuestra nación.  Rudy López, activista de derechos civiles.

Almuerzo Educacional Presentando a Rudy López

Viernes, 21 de Marzo

Mediodía – 1:30pm

Newman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Abierto Al Publico

Ofertas voluntarias para LUM Open Arms Immigration Clinc

Ven y participa, si  usted tiene preguntas acerca de la necesidad por una reforma migratoria o si solo desea mandar un mensaje al congreso tocante a la creación de un sistema migratorio  consistente con nuestro valores nacionales, nuestros credos y nuestra fe en la justicia.

Contacto: Susan Brouillete, Lafayette Urban Ministry, sbrouillete@lafayetteurbanministy, (765) 423-2691



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Action Alert — 3 reasons to support CDCTC

LUM Campaign for Hoosier Families—Action Alert

 3 Reasons to Support the Child & Dependent Care Tax Credit


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The short session of the Indiana General Assembly is more than half way over. The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) is an amendment drafted by Lafayette’s own, State Representative, Sheila Klinker. It is a small piece of legislation that would be a big boost to working families. According to the bill’s synopsis, the legislation would provide a refundable income tax credit set at 50% of the amount allowed for the Federal CDCTC to individuals whose annual adjusted income is less than $45,000.  In a session where tax breaks for major corporations is at the top at legislative agenda for the Governor as well as House and Senate leaders, it seems only right and just to consider legislation that reduces the tax burden on the bedrock of our state, Hoosier families.Tax credits have little overhead and return millions of dollars to our community. In 2013, LUM helped low to moderate income families obtain refunds in excess of $2.5 million dollars, which included $ 1.1 million in Federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

In order to be considered in the current session the amendment must be matched with a bill pending in the House Ways and Means Committee. This is where your help is needed.  Please contact the legislators from the Greater Lafayette Area and ask that the amendment be considered. 

Listed below are 3 reasons to support Child Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC):

  1. CDCTC would benefit both low-income and middle-class families.
  2. CDCTC would take some of the burden off single parent households and reduce barriers to participation in the workforce.
  3. CDCTC allows low-income families to afford higher quality child care.

Below are a list of legislators from the Greater Lafayette Area who sit  on the House Ways and Means Committee. Please contact them by phone and/or email and request that  the amendment proposed by Representative Klinker receive consideration. 

Thank you for being a champion of Hoosier families and making for sure that this amendment receives consideration in the House prior to the March 3rd deadline and is passed by both chambers before the session ends on March 14th

 


 


 

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